GRCC In the News, 6-19-17

City launches initiative for racial equity

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss promised in her 2016 State of the City address that she would focus on racial equity, and she intends to keep her word.

Bliss and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, sent out invitations this month calling for community leaders to join a group that will address racial disparities in the local workforce.

First class of GRPS Challenge Scholars aims for free college

June 16, 2017;

Francisco McKnight just finished his freshman year at Union High School, but he’s already thinking ahead to college. That’s due in large part to the fact that, as a Challenge Scholar, he’s guaranteed up to four years tuition-free at nearly 50 Michigan colleges if he keeps his grades and attendance up.

… Others in Union’s freshman class could qualify for up to two years tuition-free at Grand Rapids Community College under the program, which aims to help students from low-income families go to college. But all students still have three years left to qualify for the four-year award.

Delays help City Built find its niche

June 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

When Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje first announced City Built Brewing Co. in fall 2015, the brewing industry was a different beast.

… Collazo used to live, as a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, in the Belknap Lookout area, and never imagined the Sackner Building, where the brewery is, would be the place he works.

Restaurant Week GR 2017 Returns with a New Twist

June 8, 2017;

Mark your calendar and get ready to make your plans because Restaurant Week GR 2017 is only a couple of months away! Back for its eighth year, Restaurant Week GR delights diners as they try new restaurants as well as new dishes at old favorites. Now is the time to check out who’s participating.

… If you’re still not convinced that Restaurant Week GR is the best thing to hit your taste buds, here’s another reason to dine out. Each year, Restaurant Week GR partners with the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $1 from each meal to the program. To date, Restaurant Week GR has contributed over $110,000 to its endowed scholarship fund, which benefits the future chefs of West Michigan.

Move to Windows 10 starts this month

Starting June 23, Information Technology will begin migrating all classroom instructor stations to Windows 10. All lab computers will be migrated in July. All GRCC computers assigned to faculty and staff will be migrated to Windows 10 by request after the start of the Fall semester.

Please direct any questions or concerns to or call the IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357.

GRCC Employees on the Move through June 8, 2017

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


Julia Yob

Support Professional, Communications

Effective 5-22-17


Deven Swanigan

Labor Relations & EO Generalist, General Counsel

Effective 6-12-17



Donald Dykstra

From: Custodian II

To: Head Custodian I

Effective 5-15-17


Stephen Gonzalez

From: Grounds

To: Utility Maintenance

Effective 6-5-17



Kristina Kozub

Student Success Coach, College Success Center

Effective 5-6-17


Marcia Lee

Support Professional, Library & Learning Commons

Effective 6-16-17


Sammye Zollman

Nursing Professor, Faculty

Effective 6-23-17