GRCC In the News, 12-1-17

College hosting anti-oppression leaders for MLK week

Nov. 30, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two women who started national anti-oppression movements will speak at a local college this winter to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

… As part of a collaborative effort among GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University, (April) Reign will also give presentations at GRCC, Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids and Davenport’s campus during her two-day stay in West Michigan.


Professional development in December

There are several professional development opportunities being offered in December.

Workshops include:

  • Question.Persuade. Refer – December 5
  • Transformational v. Transaction – December 6
  • Intro to Windows 10 – December 7
  • Stress Management – December 8
  • Question.Persuade. Refer – December 12
  • Unintentional Bias – December 13

You can get more details and register online.

Faculty Association raises more than $1,000 for Student Food Pantry at Turkey Trot

Thank you to the GRCC Faculty Association and Katie Vander Meer for organizing a fundraiser for the GRCC Student Food and Snack Pantries. Twenty GRCC faculty, staff and retirees participated in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and raised over $1,000 in donations from 26 different donors!

The GRCC Faculty Association has been a wonderful supporter of the Student Food and Snack Pantries. They regularly hold food and item drives during their regular monthly meetings in addition to special events like the Turkey Trot!

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Student food drive competition results

Thank you to all the clubs and organizations that participated in the food drive competition. In just 14 days, 285.2 pounds of food was donated to our student food pantry. Because of the great response, we decided to throw two pizza parties for the top two donating clubs. The two winning clubs are Noorthoek Academy and the Hispanic Student Organization. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Important 2017 year-end payroll information

2017 W-2 Availability

  • Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 12, 2018.
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2018. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

 Verify Your Personal Information

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • Complete new city tax form(s) if you moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
  • New 2018 tax forms should be completed if your filing status or exemption allowances have changed.
  • If you are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2018 W-4 no later than February 1, 2018.
  • 2018 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at

Print a copy of your December 29, 2017 pay stub with year to date information

  • If you would like a copy of your last 2017 pay stub with year to date information, please be sure to print it no later than Thursday, January 4, 2018. Year to date information will only be available on your last pay stub of 2017, until we process the first check of 2018. 

1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from Next Generation Enrollment (NGE) in the mail. The form contains information regarding Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage that you may need to report as part of your 2017 tax return.

For Informational Purposes Only 

  • The 2018 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2018 social security wage base will increase to $128,700.00.
  • The 2018 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will increase to $18,500 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will remain $6,000.00.