United Way stories of impact: employment barriers

GRCC employees do a great job of supporting our community through their annual commitment to the West Michigan Heart of United Way. Each month we are sharing a story that demonstrates the outcomes of your commitment.

Learn how Kelly, who had been in prison for five years, gained marketable skills and valuable referrals through the Grand Rapids Urban League, which led to a steady position at a local restaurant.


GRCC In the News, 10-3-16

JP Morgan Chase, GRCC partner to boost minority skills training, job growth

Sept. 30, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is seeking to enroll at least 100 minorities in a new skilled trades program funded by a $40,000 grant from the JP Morgan Grant Foundation.

Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter’s Pub Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at GRCC

Sept. 30, 2016; 100.5 FM

Maybe you’ve heard about Grand Rapids Community College’s foray into the brewery world, well it’s no longer some nebulous idea. It’s real and it’s now open.

Local Spinsology 101: Music on Campus roundup for West Michigan

Sept. 29, 2016; Local Spins

Local Spins occasionally rounds up festivals and events, interesting people and intriguing musical projects at West Michigan colleges and universities. Today, we spotlight a few of those at Ferris, Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College.

Rate of student loan defaults slows in Michigan

Oct. 2, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

For the second year in a row, the federal government’s annual publishing of national student loan default rates was good news for Michigan.

(GRCC is included in the list.)


Sept. 30, 2016; Chimes (Calvin’s student newspaper)

It’s 6:15 a.m. The sun is rising over the horizon, the birds are chirping and most of Calvin’s campus is asleep. For cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), however, their day is about to begin.

… Currently, there are 30 cadets in the Grand Rapids program. Most of the four-year schools in the area are affiliated with the Bronco Battalion. This year’s program has cadets from Calvin, Hope, GVSU and GRCC.

Morning News

Sept. 30, 2016; FOX 17

FOX 17 is teaming up with Grand Rapids Community College to bring you another new “Classroom of the Week.”

Weekly wrap ups

Sept. 30, 2016; Oceana’s Herald Journal

… GRAND RAPIDS, Sept. 23 — The Hart girls cross-country team continued its strong performance this season by taking first place in the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational, edging Rockford by eight points.


Workshops include decision-making, time management

This week’s workshops:

Unintentional Bias:  Explore unconscious communication & learn new strategies to avoid unnecessary miscommunication and skills to enhance interactions in the workplace. Tuesday, 10/04, from 2-4pm!

Effective Decision Making: Discover how personality types influence our communication preferences and how they in turn affect our approach to decision-making both as leaders and followers. Gain tools to promote decision accuracy & timeliness! Wednesday, 10/5, from 2-4pm!

Time Management: Learn the keys to ffectively manage your time, be efficient, & prioritize! Thursday, 10/6, from 2-4pm!

PACE Results: You are invited to participate in a focus group to discuss identified areas of concern, and provide ideas and input for organizational improvement. Thursday, 10/6, from 3-4:30 p.m.!

Please register at: http://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/staffdevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration

GRCC Employees on the Move through October 1, 2016

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.



Lisa Gallinari

Labor Relations and EO Generalist

Effective 9-26-16


Kathleen Kelly

Support Professional, Training Solutions

Effective 9-26-16


Brian Beecher

Director, Library and Learning Commons

Effective 10-10-16



Benjamin Thompson

From:          Temporary Customer Support Technician

To:              IT Customer Support Tech 1

Effective 9-19-16
Tina Bouchard

From:          Custodian II – ATC 3rd shift

To:               Head Custodian – ATC 3rd Shift

Effective 9-26-16


Bryson Dolly-McGlothin

From:          Custodian II – Ford Fieldhouse, 2nd Shift

To:              Head Custodian – Ford Fieldhouse, 3rd Shift

Effective 9-26-16



 Cindy Peterson

Building Manager

Retiring after 32 years of service

Effective 9-26-16


Penni Weninger

Support Professional, Human Resources

Retiring after 8 years, 2 months of service

Effective 12-31-16

Math course registration requirements changing

Students enrolling in math courses starting Winter 2017 will be required to take the ALEKS math placement assessment first. ALEKS will take the place of the math portion of Accuplacer, which will still assess English proficiency. After a student takes ALEKS, they will be placed into math courses based on course prerequisites or ALEKS placement scores.

A student can enroll in the course they were placed in, or they can retake ALEKS.

Students will have four chances, with in twelve months, to retake ALEKS. They must wait 48 hours between retakes. To make each attempt worthwhile and to improve their skills with the goal of earning a better score, students must spend at least five hours between retakes working in a ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.

More information is available online.

Dining to donate with Divani

Divani is teaming up with the GRCC Foundation and will be donating 10% of their sales every Tuesday in October to a new scholarship fund established in the Foundation.  This scholarship fund was established in honor of their executive chef and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education alumnus, Jeff Baird.  Enjoy some wonderful food made by a SICE alum, while supporting current GRCC SICE students.

Important message from the purchasing department

Periodically, college employees will receive phone calls from suppliers who are soliciting quick sales. The majority of these calls are scams. Sometimes it’s a truck load of print paper at an unbelievable price or printer cartridges, office supplies, janitorial supplies, or sometimes even energy. The list is endless. These solicitations may even contain “free” offer. Never accept items or commit the college if you receive one of these calls. If possible, don’t provide your name or any GRCC information. Always refer the caller to the Purchasing Department. Thank you for your assistance in protecting college assets.

IIPD Grant Applications are due on October 7, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 7, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found at this website: IIPD Application and Guidelines. Please note that applications must include Dean’s and Department Head Approval forms, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or jmlarsen@grcc.edu. Good luck!