GRCC In the News, 6-30-16

Skilled Trades 101: Middle schoolers take on construction camp

June 29, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eighth-grader Alexander Kempston was hard at work Wednesday, June 29, on his latest project at Grand Rapids Community College’s Construction Camp at the Leslie Tassell M-TEC Center.

$7 million scholarship fund to help healthcare students

June 29, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College has established a $7 million scholarship fund with Spectrum Health to help students pursuing careers in healthcare or the health sciences.

(The AP story also appeared in The Detroit Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, WGVU, the Alpena News and other state media outlets Wednesday.)

Student refund process changing July 1

Changes to the student refund process:

  • HigherOne will be changed to BankMobile
  • There will be a new website but the will be directed to BankMobile for a long time.
  • New students will no longer receive a GRCC Refund Access Card (inactive debit card) in the mail from HigherOne in order to activate their refund preference
  • Current students will not be re-carded – HigherOne card will still work
  • Student will receive a Refund Selection kit from BankMobile with a Personal Code to validate identity and promote the electronic deposit to another account. (Same bright green envelope) Only the students that want to open an account with BankMobile will receive a debit card.
  • Since May 4th, students have been using the Cardtronics/Allpoint ATMs to access funds. We have one Allpoint ATM located in Student Center, 1st  Allpoint ATMs are nationwide and can be found from the link on our web page.

What we can do to help with this change?:

  • Please discard any HigherOne materials (handouts, posters, ect.) in your departments. Contact the Cashiers Office for new BankMobile materials.

Remove all reference to HigherOne, Higher One,,, and any hyperlinks, from your department web pages.  Please reference and/or link to the Cashier’s Office

15 colleges, universities honored for commitment to student veterans

Fifteen colleges and universities were honored June 22 for their commitment to helping student veterans transition from the military to college life through the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

MVEI places veteran resource representatives on college campuses throughout the state to help student veterans succeed as they pursue an education through a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan College Access Network.

Schools honored included Baker College-Flint, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kirtland Community College, Lansing Community College, MIAT College of Technology, Michigan State University, Mid-Michigan Community College, North Central Michigan College, Northern Michigan University, Oakland Community College and Spring Arbor University.

VRRs provide support and answer questions from veterans, faculty and staff about admissions, financial aid and other topics. During the past 18 months, VRRs have connected with more than 2,000 student veterans and assisted them in claiming more than $5 million in benefits.

Two women and three men stand in a row in front of U.S. and Michigan flags. Two of them hold awards.

Snyder visits construction camp

Kids in GRCC’s construction camp had a visitor Wednesday — Gov. Rick Snyder stopped by to check out the projects! He also talked with automotive, CNC and residential construction students. The next session of the construction camp, which runs August 15 to 18, has a few seats left.

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