United Way stories of impact: What we do

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.

West Michigan is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but that’s not the whole story. Learn about our communities challenges and how United Way is changing the odds.


GRCC In the News, 3-1-17

Grand Rapids Community College Police ask for help identifying suspects

March 1, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS – Police on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who they say took multiple sets of car keys and a car.  Campus police say it happened on Sunday, while the victims were in a nearby church.

Retiring Presidents of Aquinas College and Western Michigan University meet to discuss rising costs

Feb. 27, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS – Two West Michigan colleges are looking for new leaders.  On Monday the outgoing Presidents of Aquinas College and Western Michigan University met to discuss the rising cost of higher education.  Aquinas President Juan Olivarez says  “We’ve got to work together on this front, because school has got to be affordable for students, and it can’t be through just taking out more loans.”  John Dunn the outgoing President at WMU adds “I don’t blame anyone whether it’s a Republican or Democrat, but we’ve abdicated our responsibility and we need to fix that. It’s critical that we come change that.”

… Oliveras has been the President at Aquinas for the last six years, following a 20-year run at Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids residents overwhelm city with demand for Neighborhood Summit

Feb. 28, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In its third year, the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit has been overwhelmed with demand.

… This year the event is moving to a bigger venue at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center at 151 Fountain St. NE. It begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, and runs until 3 p.m.

The Buzz: A digital resource for you and your students

For years, USA TODAY has partnered with higher education to bring the latest headlines into the hands of students and faculty. In today’s digital age, reaching the most connected and tech-savvy generation can be a real challenge. GRCC has partnered with USA TODAY to provide a reliable news resource that will connect your students to the world around them.

The Buzz: Grand Rapids Community College is a first-of-its-kind news app that gives students access to the latest national, world, local, and campus news they care about in one app.

Students are able to:

  • Examine multiple opinions and perspectives.
  • Create conversations and promote a sharing of ideas within their community and beyond.
  • Access the latest campus headlines from The Collegiate.
  • Receive the latest career advice for use in their prospective field.
  • See their lives in a global context and relate major stories to specific course-work.

Download The Buzz: Grand Rapids Community College and share it with your students to receive the most up to date news from USA TODAY national, USA TODAY College, and GRCC News.

Available in iTunes or Google Play stores now.

Campus Dining seeks feedback

Do you want to win a Google Home or Google Chromecast? Campus Dining has a new exciting way for you to enter. Visit the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe, or Sneden Cafe and give us your feedback Feb. 27 through March 1. We want to know how we’re doing! Receive a coupon for each entry and also be entered in to win one of the awesome Google prizes. Enter once at each location for more chances to win!

Mathematics Seminar will look at pi

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Tuesday, March 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 101 Cook.  Our speaker will be GRCC mathematics instructor Nancy Forrest, and she will discuss the number pi.  Her title and abstract are below.

Numbers, like people, are all special in their own way, but pi is one the very few numbers that has its own day.  Mathematicians, teachers, students and mathematical aficionados of all stripes will take a few minutes on March 14 to pause and reflect on a number that has fascinated (some might say obsessed) people for over 2000 years.  This talk will have something for everyone, so a high level of mathematical sophistication is not required.   Everyone is always welcome to our mathematics seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

Pi, My Favorite Number

One might argue that there is an infinite supply of interesting numbers.  But no other number has generated as much curiosity, international competition, and mathematical passion as pi.  Plus it even boasts a holiday; Pi Day is on 3/14. This talk will include highlights of the history of pi, how it was named, calculation of its value, and various ways people have memorized some of its digits.


IIPD Grant Applications are due on March 17, 2017, at 4:30 pm.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 17, 2017.  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!