GRCC In The News, 10-22-18


GRCC sees enrollment spike from GRPS graduates
10/19/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
This fall, 152 students who graduated from GRPS last year enrolled at GRCC, up from 116 in 2017.

GRBJ: GRCC sees enrollment spike from GRPS graduates
10/21/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRBJ) — Grand Rapids Community College saw a 31 percent increase this fall in the number of enrolled Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates.

College kicking off Diversity Lecture Series downtown
10/19/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The first installment of a local colleges lecture series on diversity is next week.
Organized by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, the Diversity Lecture Series is intended to provide insight into other perspectives and “encourage civil debate and cultural understanding.”

Area athletes making an impact on the college level
10/18/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season is at its peak at colleges and universities around the region, and several local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season.
… The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team is receiving contributions from a pair of local grads. Kenowa Hills grad Ryan Skislak tied for second at the Muskegon Community College fall invite with an even-par 72. Skislak also placed fifth overall at the Sam Kromer Invitational in Port Huron with a 78. Austin Bayer, a Comstock Park grad, placed fourth at Muskegon CC with a two-over-par 74. Bayer carded an 83 at the Sam Kromer invite.
Sam Borisch, a Comstock Park grad, is making an impact with the Grand Rapids Community College cross country team. Borisch turned in a season-best time of 26:04 at the Lansing Community College Invitational, which broke the previous 8k school record of 26:15. Teammate Trystan Thayer set the new record at the same meet with a time of 25:56. Borisch also placed fourth overall at the Firebird Invitational.
Ranked seventh in the nation in the NJCAA volleyball rankings, the Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team is receiving contributions from a trio of local athletes. Kayla Salyer, a Coopersville grad, is a sophomore middle blocker for the Raiders. Salyer is averaging 1.54 kills per set. Lindsey Glaz, a Kenowa Hills grad, is a defensive specialist for GRCC. Glaz is averaging 1.19 digs per set. Freshman Danielle Johnston, a Comstock Park grad, is making an impact at outside hitter. Johnston is averaging 3.01 points per set and 2.57 kills per set.

New Holland Knickerbocker chef passes away
10/20/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Jason Thomas Knickerbocker, renowned chef at the New Holland Knickerbocker, passed away at the age of 48.
Knickerbocker was born and raised in Grand Rapids and began cooking at Grand Rapids Community College.

People in nonprofits
10/20/18 The Holland Sentinel
Greater Ottawa County United Way has added two staff members to its team. Jennifer Bryant is the new campaign associate, and Lisa Bassage is administrative assistant.
… Bryant, who lives in Grand Rapids, has a background in fund development and education. She has worked in the nonprofit, secondary, and post-secondary sectors for more than 10 years. She joins United Way from Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound program.

GRCC Scholars Poster Presentation this Wednesday in the Raider Grille

GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2018 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) will be exhibiting their research posters on Wednesday, October 24, in the Raider Grill!

Support their hard work and learn more about the amazing opportunities that the MICUP, UROP, and Study Abroad have to offer!

Stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Raider Grille, 2nd Floor Student Center, Rooms 205/207

Snacks will be provided.

GRCC Lettinga House Estate Sale tomorrow

GRCC Lettinga House Estate Sale
473 Fulton St. E – Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Several pieces of traditional furniture available including curio cabinets, desks, chairs, lamps, etc. All are reasonably priced.

Cash, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Cash, credit, and carry.

Lettinga House is #20 on the campus map.

GRCC Main Campus map with Lettinga House highlighted in yellow.
Parking is available on westbound Fulton St. – driveway just beyond the Lettinga House.

Fall Fest at the Raider Grille and Quiet Café this Tuesday-Thursday

Flier for Fall Fest event. There is a border of red, orange, and yellow leaves and a pumpkin. The text reads: “Fall Fest. Tuesday, October 23 - Thursday, October 25. 11:00 am- 1:00pm. Join us in the Raider Grille for free food and a chance to win free parking passes by filling out our survey. Free games! Selfie-Station! Pumpkin Ring Toss! Raider Dollar Giveaways. Tuesday Oct. 23 - Caramel apple nacho bar with assorted toppings. Wednesday Oct. 24 - Apple Cider and Donut holes. Thursday Oct. 25 - Gourmet Trailmix bar. Tuesday October 23 is the 5th annual Michigan Apple Crunch day! To help promote Michigan agriculture and our state’s signature apples, there will be free apples located in the Raider Grille and the Quiet Café. Fall food and drink specials in the Raider Grille and The Quiet Café. #Michiganapplecrunch #cultivateMichigan #creativedining”

Come enjoy Fall Fest this week at the Raider Grille and Quiet Café.

Free food, games, giveaways, and drink specials.

Attendees can also take a survey to receive a coupon and enter to win a prize.


  • Tuesday’s treat: caramel apple nacho bar with assorted toppings
  • Wednesday’s treat: apple cider and donut holes
  • Thursday’s treat: a gourmet trail mix bar

Leadership Institute 2019 application deadline is this Friday

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus.

Testimonials from past Leadership Institute Alumni:

I was a member of the 2015 Leadership Institute team, and what an experience I had! Going into the start of the Leadership Institute I had reservations. Will this help me? Will I fit in? Do I want to put the time in that is required? The answer was yes! The Leadership Institute provided me with many opportunities to better myself professionally here at GRCC. Through the Leadership Institute I became comfortable with public speaking, where today I am comfortable interacting with anyone in any format. I was taught to express my thoughts and ideas, but probably the most gratifying aspect was to work on our project with my teammates. To be able to feel the accomplishment at the end, the bond we had formed, and most importantly the friends that I made along the way. I would encourage anyone that has any interest in the Leadership Institute to take the next step, and join as you will not be disappointed. – Thomas Vos

As a member of the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute cohort, I was given the opportunity to meet many new people from multiple departments of the college. It also increased my awareness and appreciation for the work other GRCC employees do. Regardless of whether we work in Facilities, Information Technology, or the President’s Office; we all perform specific and valuable tasks. Our work can positively impact our students, faculty, and staff at GRCC, as well as the community around us. More importantly, the Leadership Institute allowed me to better understand the entire hierarchy of the organization; to see the big picture, and to comprehend how every one of us fits into this amazing GRCC family.
Professionally, the Leadership Institute enabled me to take the next step in my career. It gave me the extra knowledge and confidence to lead my very own team. Shortly after I finished the Leadership Institute in 2015, I accepted the Information Technology Desktop Support Team Coordinator position. If I had the opportunity to go through the Leadership Institute again, I would do it without hesitation. – Antonio Aguillon

For anyone considering participating in GRCC’s Leadership Institute, stop considering and just apply. For those eager to learn and grow professionally, it is very difficult to find a better program!

Being a member of the 2016 Leadership Institute cohort allowed me the time to learn and incorporate leadership skills into my day to day practices. Having exposure to the inter-workings of the college including multi-departmental advisory boards gave a deeper level of perspective and understanding of the operations of GRCC Leadership and how decisions are made within the college.

The Leadership Institute experience is great for developing relationships with peers in other departments that I traditionally would not have the privilege to work with. Everything learned throughout the cohort, I knew I was capable of, but going through the process I developed the confidence and skills to tactfully implement the changes into my day-to-day routine.

The culmination of this experience has directly resulted in an increased confidence to lead, build collaborative relationships with others outside my team, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader and a resource for others.

For those interested and applying, the amount of energy and interest you put into the program is exactly what you will take away from it. Go in with an open mind and a willingness to learn! – Kelly Webber

The Leadership Institute 2019 application deadline is this Friday, October 26, 2018. For more information visit the Leadership Institute webpage or please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at