GRCC In The News, 8-31-18

8/30/18 Community College Daily
… At Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, John Cowles will serve as vice chancellor for student success for its Indianapolis campus, as of September 17. Kevin Keathley will serve as dean of information technology at the Indianapolis campus, effective September 3. Cowles has served as dean of student success and retention for Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) since 2013. Keathley is currently director of cloud delivery at Ontario Systems in Indiana.

Professional development opportunities are now available

Professional Development Learning Opportunities are now open for registration. These workshops are open to all GRCC employees, including student employees. So, please, come join us and LEARN! Visit our Learning Opportunities Registration webpage to view the list of offerings.

Our 2018-2019 Learning Opportunities flier will be coming soon!

For questions, please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at or ext. 3179

Putting Input Into Action sessions to be held

Human Resources is following up on the Opening Day presentation of the PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) survey results. As we’ve done in past years, we are offering “Putting Input Into Action” sessions for employees to learn more about the results and to talk about what improvement looks like. We hope to see you at one of our sessions where you can take advantage of the opportunity to engage in the discussions around improvement.

  • Wednesday, September 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 23, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 9, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To register for a session please visit our Learning Opportunities Registration webpage. For questions, please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at or ext. 3179

CAB Welcomes Back Fall Students With Brown Bag Breakfasts

GRCC Campus Activities Board sponsored Raider Welcome, a morning snack offering to students on their first day of classes. CAB members and volunteers packed over 1,000 brown bag breakfasts. 500 bags were handed out at Main campus, 300 at DeVos Campus, and 200 at the Tassell M-TEC. The Lakeshore Campus also handed out baggies at Midtown and the Thompson M-TEC.

CAB would like to thank everyone for their willingness to volunteer and welcome our students back to campus!

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Fall Wellness Schedule Out Now!

**Note: Friday Yoga has moved to Room 140 SCIE**

Classes are now in session, and so are our fall wellness classes! Build a little “YOU” time into your busy days and join us. We have a class for everyone, from beginners to advanced. Check out the schedule, grab a friend, and come move your body!

As always, there’s no need to sign up in advance – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

Wellness classes will not be held on September 3rd or the week of November 19-23 in observance of holidays.

Contact Nicole Dekker (, x3848) with any questions.


GRCC In The News, 8-29-18

Glen Oaks volleyball falls in five sets
8/28/18 Sturgis Journal
The Glen Oaks Community College’s volleyball team opened their home schedule with five-game loss to Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks cruise to a three-set victory in volleyball over Lansing Community College
8/28/18 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad cruised past Lansing Community College in three straight sets on Tuesday.
… The Jayhawks, who are now 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, will face Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

BCAR awards scholarships to CHS and QHS students
8/28/18 The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)
BRANCH COUNTY — In April, The Branch County Association of REALTORS® held its fifth annual White Elephant Scholarship Auction which has been renamed The Cliffie Bowers Memorial Scholarship at The Broadway Grille in Coldwater.
Kyle Truex enrolled at Kellogg Community College studying Business, Jamie Wellet attending Grand Rapids Community College for a Business degree, Porter Skidmore majoring in Business at Hope College and Drue Mullin studying Occupational Therapy at Olivet College.

GRCC In The News, 8-28-18

High school students can get skilled-trades certificates in new program
8/27/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Northview Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) are partnering to provide alternative high school students an opportunity to earn multiple certificates in the skilled trades.

Morning News
8/28/18 FOX 17
Expect a traffic jam on Division Avenue this morning as students begin classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Fountain Street is closed east of Division, the usual route to get to the main GRCC parking ramp. Expect cars to be lined up on Division, Library Street and Library Place.

Grand Rapids, The Rapid kickoff fare-free bus route
8/27/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – We all know how busy and congested the Michigan Street corridor is — which is why Grand Rapids city leaders kicked off a three-year pilot program in hopes of helping alleviate traffic and parking issues along of the city’s most traveled routes.
… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Meijers soon-to-open Bridge Street Market and more than 50 additional popular, high-traffic destinations. Many of these businesses will offer special deals and discounts to patrons who simply mention the Route 19 Discount while at the establishment through Sept. 23. Learn more about deals here.

Rapid bus service launches free rides on Michigan Street corridor
8/27/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In an effort to reduce traffic and ease parking congestion, the Rapid public-transit system is now offering free rides on a bus route along the Michigan Street corridor.
… It has stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and Bridge Street Market, which opens Wednesday. Spectrum is encouraging employees to use the service when traveling between the health care system’s various buildings for meetings.

Photos from Opening Day 2018

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This year’s Opening Day ceremony was held at St. Cecilia’s and included wonderful coffee and breakfast from our culinary department, college updates, points of pride, video introductions to the GRCC Night Staff,  PACE survey results from Donna Kragt, and GRCC’s 2018 Excellence in Education Award winners.

Brian Daily, coordinator of the Business Tutorial Lab, received the faculty award; Julie Spahn, an instructor in the English Department, was honored with the adjunct award; and JaneAnn Benson, director of the Phyllis Fratzke Childhood Learning Laboratory, received the staff award.


Looking for Experts!

The Communications Department is putting together a list of faculty experts on subject areas that might be of interest to our local media. At various times, reporters contact us for expert commentary on a variety of subjects: politics, health care, the arts, etc. If you have an expertise that you’d be willing to share with the public, please send an email to, and she will compile a list for Communications to use when they are contacted.

GRCC In The News, 8-27-18

GRCC’s volleyball team home from Hawaii after hurricane causes flight delays
8/25/18 WZZM
HILO, Hawaii — The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team is back in Michigan after extreme weather conditions kept them in Hawaii an extra day.

Morning News
8/27/18 WZZM
Our area welcomed the Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team Saturday night after they were in Honolulu for games against teams from across the country. The coach told us he’s impressed about how his players became leaders. The Raiders actually open up the regular season of play with a match against Glen Oaks Community College tomorrow night.

GRCC volleyball team finally leaves Hawaii, is back in L.A.
8/25/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team has finally left Hawaii and Hurricane Lane behind, and is back in California and headed toward home.

GRCC team delayed by Hurricane Lane heading home
8/24/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids Community College team whose return home has been hampered by Hurricane Lane will soon be back in West Michigan.

GRCC volleyball team headed home after hurricane dissipates
8/25/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team is headed home after safely leaving hurricane-battered Hawaii.

Northview schools closed for power outage after storm
8/27/18 MLive
KENT COUNTY, MI – Northview Public Schools are among several that closed or delayed classes Monday, Aug. 27, after a storm left areas of West Michigan without power.
… Grand Rapids Community College’s Calkins Science Center will be closed until 11 a.m. because of the power outage.

Closing and delays for Aug. 27
8/27/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Power outages across West Michigan are prompting closings and delays Monday morning.
… Grand Rapids Community College: Due to power outage GRCC morning classes in the Calkins Science Bldg. are canceled. Classes that begin at 11 am will be held.

Morning News
8/27/18 FOX 17
… Expect traffic jams on Division Avenue this morning as students begin classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Many of them are not aware of the closure of Fountain Street, east of Division, the usual route to get to the main GRCC parking ramp.

Renovation Renaissance: Grand Rapids arts centers major upgrades offer the latest in acoustics, technology
7/31/18 Revue
A hub for social enterprise, creative pursuits and arts and job training, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology helps teens explore creative careers and adults build sustainable futures.
… After years of dealing with inadequate acoustics, outdated lighting and decor and an awkward setup where late concert attendees entered onstage, Grand Rapids Community College opened its renovated music building and a new recital hall last fall.

ESU Football Game Notes At No. 8 Ferris State
ESU travels to Ferris State for its 2018 season opener, and the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
… Ferris State – Tony Annese (Alma ’83)
… previously at Grand Rapids Community College (30-4 with two NJCAA DII national championships in three years)


Tassell M-TEC volunteers welcome students with spirit on first day of class

GRCC volunteers welcoming students to the Tassell M-TEC

The Tassell M-TEC volunteers know how to bring the school spirit to first day of classes here at GRCC!

Ambassadors across campus are directing students today. As Dr. Pink mentioned on Friday, helping students find their way helps them succeed.  Huge shoutout to all of our GRCC volunteers helping to make today run smoothly!