Scholarship opportunity for Police Academy, Criminal Justice, Education, and Healthcare students

Please tell your students:

The 2018-2019 Grand Rapids Community College Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Scholarship Application is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019. This scholarship awards between one and three scholarships of $1000-$3000.

BHMS scholarships are intended for students who are either:

  1. In the GRCC Police Academy, or
  2. Enrolled in a GRCC degree, pathway, or program and planning to work in a public service career related to criminal justice, education, or healthcare.

Visit the Mursalata website for details and application link.

Honors Program recruitment at GRCC

Are you aware of a dynamic student in your class or on campus that’s capable of more? Directing them to the Honors Program can connect them to community of highly motivated students who want more out of their college experience. Success in this program is not only measured by academic performance, degree completion, or transfer, it includes building collaborative relationships with faculty and peers. Students gain a competitive edge through the development of strong leadership, research, and service-learning skills.

Students begin the program every by taking Honors 101, a 1-credit course offered in a 7-week format. The next section starts January 2019!

Program Benefits:

  • Unique opportunities to learn alongside influential college and community leaders.
  • The opportunity to create a collaborative research project.
  • A dedicated advisor to help you develop a clear pathway to degree completion and/or a successful transfer to a four-year institution.
  • A competitive edge for transfer and employment applications upon completion.
  • Scholarship award for program completion (up to $500).

Application Process:

Students can learn more online on the GRCC Honors page.

Wellness at Work – Winter Series (formerly Weight Watchers at Work)

Get a head start on your 2019 wellness goals! Wellness at Work (formerly Weight Watchers) is ready to launch yet another GRCC series to help bring you closer to your personal health goals.

Enjoy a 15% discount if you register at Meeting 1! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.) beginning December 13 and online e-tool access. After December 13, the cost for the program will be $156. Bonus: On-campus meetings will not be held December 27 or January 3, but you will still be able to join a community meeting and have continued access to your online e-tools. That’s like getting TWO WEEKS FREE!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Salinas (x2567, and join us at a meeting on Thursday, December 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Far Side Room (1st Floor Student Center). Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this session. Members can pay with cash, check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method.

Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

GRCC athletics partner with Grand Rapids Drive basketball this Friday

A graphic of the front and back sides of the special jerseys the Grand Rapids Drive will be wearing Friday night. Jerseys are blue with red trim, a red stripe on the front with the Grand Rapids skyline in white above the words "Grand Rapids," and the words "Raider Nation" on the back. The player's number is displayed on both front and back. There is a logo for the GRCC Raiders on the front and logos for both the NBA and the G League on the back.

The Grand Rapids Drive basketball team supports Grand Rapids Community College, and we’re celebrating our collaboration with a GRCC Night on Friday, November 30!

Drive players that night will join the Raider Nation, wearing wear special jerseys highlighting GRCC Athletics. The evening also will raise money for GRCC athletic scholarships.

All GRCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni can get a 20% discount on tickets for this game and others when purchased through the Drive website,

To order your seats and get the discount:

  • Click on “Tickets”
  • Select your game, section, and seat
  • Change the “Price” option to “Group,” and
  • Click “Add tickets.”
  • Then type the promo code “GRCC” in the password box.


GRCC athletes will help with a basketball toss contest, with some of the proceeds supporting GRCC athletic scholarships.

Scholarships also will get a boost from the auction of special jerseys during the game, with winners getting an opportunity to meet players and pose for photos.

Come on out and support GRCC athletics and cheer on the Drive! The game starts at 7 p.m. and is at the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave NW, Grand Rapids.

Malicious emails abound – GRCC IT says use caution

IRS Warns of New Email Scam –

The IRS sent out a warning this week about a new email scam that may contain malicious malware. The fraudulent emails, which appear to be sent from “IRS Online,” contain an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript,” or something similar. The IRS, however, does not send unsolicited emails to the public, nor emails containing sensitive information such as that which is included in a tax return. The IRS asks the public not to open the email, and if using a personal computer to delete it or forward it to

Phishing Notification –

GRCC Faculty and Staff may have received an email from ‘Bill Pink’ with the subject “Action Required”. This email is not from President Pink. The email contained one or more links prompting recipients for information. If you clicked these links or provided any information, please let the GRCC IT Support team know.


As a reminder, keep the below in mind when working with email:

  • GRCC IT, Faculty, and Staff members should not be requesting banking information or account passwords
  • Don’t open and immediately delete suspicious messages from your GroupWise inbox
  • Don’t click any links or download any attachments from any suspect messages
  • Don’t provide any personal information; including usernames or passwords from suspicious email links
  • Don’t use your work email address for mailing lists

If you receive a phishing attempt, report it to the IT Support Desk at or by calling 234-4357. If you have clicked any links or downloaded/opened any files, please let us know immediately.

GRCC In The News, 11-27-18

Funding roundup
11/26/18 Community College Daily
… Michigan
Grand Rapids Community College’s English as a Second Language Integrated Workforce Training Program got a boost with a $100,000 grant from the Fifth Third Bank Foundation. The GRCC program helps residents build language skills in the context of technical vocabulary, employability skills and job readiness outcomes. Students work with a success coach who provides intensive counseling, financial literacy education and case management services.

Wrong winner certified in GRCC trustee election
11/26/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County mistakenly certified the wrong winner for a seat on the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees.

Domestic Violence Awareness Night this Friday at GRCC
11/27/18 95.7 FM
This Friday night, November 30th, come to a Domestic Violence Awareness Night at Grand Rapids Community College. The event will benefit the children of Tia Randall, a domestic violence victim who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend. Tia left behind two children, Dalaylah, 7 and Reginald, 4.

Bank foundation awards $300K to nonprofits
11/26/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A bank foundation has awarded six West Michigan organizations grants totaling $300,000.
Grants from the Fifth Third Foundation’s 2018 Strengthening Our Communities Fund went to Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or GROW, Northern Initiatives, Women’s Resource Center, The Literacy Center of West Michigan and Start Garden.

‘White Tiger’ QB Casey Therriault unretires and signs with German team
11/21/18 MLive
Casey Therriault is returning to the Germany to play football.
… The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Therriault starred at Wyoming Park High School where he graduated in 2007, and he played at Grand Rapids Community College. In 2009, he led the now-defunct program to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game and a 9-1 record.

Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Emoni Bates, nation’s top-ranked freshman, scores 32 in debut
11/27/18 MLive
YPSILANTI — Monday’s high school basketball debut for Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Emoni Bates might have been hyped by many.
… “I knew Emoni was ready,” said his father, E.J. Bates, who played with Lincoln coach Jesse Davis at Grand Rapids Community College. “It was all good being able to watch him perform, see them jitters fly off of him real fast and see him settle in.”

Who’s next at Central Michigan after firing of coach John Bonamego?
11/24/18 The Detroit News
Central Michigan athletic director Michael Alford wasted little time in making a change in leadership on the heels of the worst football season in the program’s long and rather-successful history.
… (Tony) Annese took over Ferris State in December 2011, and has gone 72-14 (entering Saturday’s playoff game against Northwest Missouri State), following successful stints at Grand Rapids Community College and as a high-school head coach in Muskegon. He certainly knows the terrain, key for recruiting.

Today is #GivingTuesday at GRCC!

An image of GRCC faculty and staff spelling out the letters "GRCC" in the student plaza.  Underneath the image is text that reads, "Support GRCC Foundation on #GivingTuesday."

As you already know, today is Giving Tuesday, and we hope that you will join us in supporting the GRCC Foundation on this important day of national philanthropy.

You have many opportunities to give today, and you have probably received several emails already this morning asking you to give to various non-profits in our community. But, today, we hope that you consider giving right here at home, at GRCC, where 100% of your donation will be designated for student scholarships.

Scholarships are critical to the success of so many students on our campus. Scholarships remove barriers for students and they increase a student’s ability to persist, transfer, and complete. Students have told us that the scholarship they received meant that they didn’t have to work two or more jobs to pay for their tuition. The scholarship afforded them the opportunity to successfully balance work, family, and school. Scholarships offer hope for our students.

Please take a minute to watch the student testimonial videos below, and you will see and hear from our students how important this gift of education is, and specifically how GRCC transformed their lives and the lives of their families forever.

YouTube Links:

No other institution of higher education in our community does this important work the way WE do it, so thank you for all you do for our students!

Please join us TODAY in transforming the lives of our students. Donating is easy – simply click Donate Now. And remember, 100% of your donation goes directly to student scholarships!

GRCC In The News, 11-20-18

Veteran core to lead Rockford girls basketball team in competitive OK Red
11/19/18 MLive
ROCKFORD – Playing in the loaded OK Red Conference, a girls basketball team needs plenty of depth and athleticism to succeed.
… Senior center Danielle Lamancua leads the list of returning players. A 6-foot post player, Lamancua is an outstanding rebounder and hard worker who provides a presence in the post. A talented player that will be going on to the next level, Lamancua is committed to Grand Rapids Community College.

Alanson’s Oom standouts for Finlandia hoops, Charlevoix’s Hankins plays strong for Xavier
11/20/18 Petoskey News-Review
The start of the season hasn’t been so kind to Finlandias men’s basketball squad, but Jacob Oom has stood out for the Lions.
… Former Alanson star Brooke Nguyen scored seven points and recorded one rebound, steal and assist in Alpena Community Colleges 64-57 loss to Grand Rapids Community College on Friday.

Delegating a backup supervisor for time sheets and LOA’s in ImageNow

With the holiday season comes the necessity for delegating backup supervisors to approve time sheets and LOA’s while you take some well deserved time off. The Information Technology department has now made it easier for you to add individuals as backups to your supervisor queue!

Simply follow the instructions below to prepare for your time off, provided by our knowledge base (now available off campus!)

  1. Log into the Online Center
  2. Navigate to the Supervisor Self Service home page using the drop-down at the top of the page
  3. Click on the Supervisor Backup Delegation panel
  4. Enter in the Employee ID number of the person you would like to have access to your queue or click on the magnifying glass to search by first and last name
  5. You can add multiple people if desired
  6. Select the beginning and end date for the access
  7. Click Save

As always, if you have any questions or would like assistance with this process, please give the IT Support Desk a call at 616-234-4357.


GRCC In The News, 11-19-18

GRCC workforce training generates $423M
11/16/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Grand Rapids Community College’s noncredit workforce training programs in 2016 had an estimated $423.4-million economic impact and supported about 4,465 jobs in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Change Ups: McNeely Cobham selected as GRCC’s chief equity, inclusion officer
11/16/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
B. Afeni McNeely Cobham will serve as Grand Rapids Community College’s chief equity and inclusion officer. Selected after a national search, McNeely Cobham will work with stakeholders students, faculty, staff and community members to ensure GRCC is a leader in equity and inclusion. An expert in race, identity and culture in American higher education, McNeely Cobham also will oversee the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, which focuses on educating and honoring the dignity of all people through opportunities such as the Institute for Healing Racism, student workshops, the Latino Youth Conference and the Giants Awards.
Grand Rapids Community College students David Dekens and Marqea Lee earned Grand Awards. Dekens received Outstanding Lead Actor in a College Production for his role in the GRCC Players production “This Is Our Youth”; Lee received Outstanding Lead Actress in a College Production for her role in the GRCC Players production of “Detroit ’67.” GRCC alumni received several Grand Awards: Outstanding Direction: Michelle Urbane; Outstanding Sound Design: Sam Johnson; and Outstanding Lighting Design: Catherine Marlett-Dreher.

Eating the colors of the rainbow
11/16/18 HealthBeat (Spectrum Health newsletter)
Slicing, dicing and grating.
That’s what a group of about 25 students from Grand Rapids Public Schools spent their morning doing in the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

Governor appoints, reappoints residents to 18 boards, commissions
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced 29 appointments and reappointments to multiple boards and committees.
… Electrical Administrative Board
Robert Werbrouck of Wyoming is the vice president of business development at Consolidated Electrical Contractors and earned his electrical apprenticeship from Grand Rapids Community College. He will represent electrical journeymen and replace Ernest Harju.

Capital City Classic vs. The Soul Bowl: Former JSU players share memories of rivalry game experience
11/16/18 HBCU GameDay
JACKSON,MS — Roughly 72 miles separate Jackson State and Alcorn State in distance from each other. However, when the two arch-rivals face each other on the gridiron for what some still consider as the Capital City Classic but now referred to as the Soul Bowl, it is more than just a season finale.
… In 2009, he (Casey Therriault) led Grand Rapids Community College to a 9-1 record and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game before making his way to JSU in 2010, where he would leave his mark in the books statistically and elevate the Tigers to where they were prior to the 2009 campaign.

ACC men, women suffer road losses at GRCC
11/17/18 The Alpena News
GRAND RAPIDS — The Alpena Community College women’s basketball team nearly put together an incredible comeback on Friday, but in the end, suffered a tough 64-57 loss to Grand Rapids Community College at Aquinas College.

Still winning big
11/17/18 The Stokes News (King, N.C.)
A year after vying against each other for the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championship, three local athletes are set to try for something even better.
… Although they’ll have to do it without Sizemore, the team earned the No. 10 seed in the event and will open up against Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

Event recap: Native American Student Organization hosts More Than a Word at GRCC

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Over 60 students, faculty and community members attended the documentary/panelist discussion More Than a Word, hosted by the Native American Student Organization (NASO) on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The NASO would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of this event.

Discussion Panelist:

  • Dillon Carr, Professor of Anthropology at GRCC
  • Andre Fields, Counselor at GRCC
  • Belinda Bardwell, GVSU Native American Advisory Council
  • Lynn LaPointe, Michigan Department of Education, Indigenous Education Initiative

Student Organizations:

  • Student Alliance President, Liz Nguyen
  • GRCC Filmmakers, Alex Woodward

GRCC Sponsors:

  • Equity and Inclusion Center
  • Library & Learning Commons
  • GRCC Bookstore
  • College Success Center
  • Orientation
  • Collegiate
  • Media Tech.

Community Supporters:

  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi
  • Latino Network Newsletter
  • Anishinaabe Circle
  • GRPS Native American Education Program
  • Chi-Miigwetch (Thank you very much)

NASO Board Members


Strategic Leadership Team meeting recap

SLT Meeting Recaps from Nov. 16, 2018:
The GRCC Strategic Leadership Team held its 3rd meeting of the year on Friday, November 16. At this meeting we reviewed the monitoring report for the Teaching and Learning goal as well as the role of cross-functional teams at GRCC. And lastly, we began the discussion of potential new projects to be considered for the strategic plan.