GRCC In the News, 10-24-16

Community invited to meet finalists for GRCC president

Oct. 21, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The community is invited to meet the four finalists for the president’s position at Grand Rapids Community College during their visits in November.

Senior conference puts focus on college, careers

Oct. 21, 2016; (KISD newsletter)

Grandville Public Schools, MI — Senior Cahari Rhodes is sure of a few things about his post-high school plans: find a school with a strong performing arts program and pursue a career that involves music and dance.

… For session four, Francisco Ramirez, admissions and enrollment coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College, led a talk on all things GRCC, including how and where to apply for financial aid, why it’s important to keep up your grades, transferring to a four-year institution and GRCC programs and classes.

Veterans Spotlight: From the Navy to the Coast Guard, Richard Vandepels has been all over

Oct. 22, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Richard Vandepels has spent his life in and out of the military, a total of 23 years, with the majority in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has served all over the world and has no problem recalling all the places he’s been and all the ways he served.

… Following this time served, attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) where he received a degree in electronics technology. The economy had taken a downturn, and there were no jobs to be had. So, in 1975, he headed back to the Navy where he was stationed in Alameda, Calif. There he was in the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 85 for three years. “We would deploy once a year with a Canadian ship,” he recalled.

Want to learn more about Flexible Spending Accounts?

To help you better understand how Flexible Spending Accounts work, we will be holding a FSA Lunch and Learn Session. Sarah Chase, from Flex Administrators Inc., will be on site to present on Flexible Spending Accounts, including yearly limits, carry over, claim submission and eligible FSA expenses.

Flexible Spending Account Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, October 25 at 11:30 am in Sneden Room-108 

If you plan on attending the FSA Lunch and Learn event, please email Amy Robinson at or call ext-4175.

GRCC UW Campaign kickoff: You had me at brewery

Please join us on Nov. 3 from 5-6 p.m. at GRCC’s own Fountain Hill Brewery in the ATC for the GRCC United Way Kickoff!

You will be treated to root beer and the brewery’s delicious appetizer. If you would like to purchase a craft beer during the event, you are welcome to! Afterward, take a tour of the brewing area with a craft brewing program student.

If you donate using your pledge form at the kickoff, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of two gift cards.

SLT meeting includes reports on Campus Climate Study, Latino students support, transfer resources

The Strategic Leadership Team held its October meeting last Friday morning. The purpose of this team is to guide the development and ongoing implementation of the GRCC  Strategic Plan, review benchmarking data, study budget realities and offer recommendations to the president. Our team is 80 members strong!

On Friday, we heard exciting progress reports from three college action projects: Initiatives from Campus Climate Study (CAP 1.1.3), Additional Support for Latino Students (CAP 1.3.3) and Transfer Resources (CAP 3.2.1).

In addition, Kevin Stotts from Talent 2025, along with Julie Parks, provided an update of the work of the community initiative Talent 2025.

The agenda and supporting documents from Friday’s meeting can be found at:

TRIO holds fundraiser for Power of Education Foundation

GRCC TRiO students have been supporting the Power of Education Foundation’s school in Fontamara, Haiti for the last several years. This foundation is based in Grand Rapids. TRiO is currently focused on sponsoring Mikerlange Abraham, the 9th grader who is emerging as a student leader at the PEF School. Once again, they need to raise at least $600 to fund her tuition, meals and health care for the next school year. To this end, they will be holding an apple and donut sale from Monday, 10-24, through Thursday, 10-27, from 11 – 2:00 each day in various campus locations, $1 for Krispy Kreme donuts or donut holes and $1 for locally grown apples.

This year they are again offering one dozen apples or donuts for $10, which can be delivered to your place of choice on the Main campus any time from 10-25 through 10-27.  If interested, contact

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