New online catalog design is coming this March!

A new look is coming to the 2018-2019 catalog!  We have designed a new front page that will allow users to go directly to the most searched pages of the catalog with one click.  With this one click, users will go directly into the current catalog pages.  There is still easy access to all of the information in the current and archived catalogs.  Stay tuned for additional changes coming for the 2019-2020 catalog in March!

Mock-up of the landing page of the new GRCC Catalog online.

GRCC In The News, 12-20-18

Marquette man appointed to 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee
LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – Gov. Rick Snyder announced appointments to the 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.
… He is joined by John VanWagoner, of Alpena, the superintendent of Alpena Public Schools; Megan Schrauben, of Dexter, the executive director of MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget; and Bill Pink, of Ada, who serves as the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College.

New GRCC Today look: Please pardon our dust!

As you can see, the Communications Department has updated the layout and look of GRCC Today, the college’s employee news blog.

The new layout allows us to:

  • Introduce accessibility features.
  • Customize the background with appealing campus photos to showcase our campus and encourage college pride.
  • Better feature engaging images within posts.
  • Enhance your ability to skim and read posts.

If you have any issues accessing GRCC Today during this transition, please contact Julia Yob at or x3535.

Raider salute for 488 lbs of Holiday Food Pantry donations!

The Office of Student Life and Conduct would like to sincerely thank all of you for an AMAZING Holiday Food Pantry Drive. In the last week, we received 488 pounds of food, personal hygiene products, and clothing items for our Food and Snack Pantries across campus, as well as a monetary donation from Ferris faculty and staff.

We will be going into the Winter 2019 well-stocked with great food and personal items available for our students, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to the Dental Clinic for a sizable donation of dental products, organizers, and donors at the Holiday Breakfast, and our friends over at Ferris that ran a successful donation drive as well.

Again, we appreciate you all immensely, and we hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!

Don’t forget to pick up your new RaiderCard!

Reminder: All students and employees are receiving new RaiderCards as part of an ongoing commitment to campus safety and security.

Preprinted RaiderCards for faculty and staff are available for pick-up at the Raider Grille between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. TODAY through Friday (Dec. 19-21).

RaiderCards will also be available to be picked up Jan. 2 through Jan. 5, 2019.

The new RaiderCards will be used for parking, point-of-sale registers on campus, cash-to-card machines, vending machines, printing and in some cases door access. The new cards will be “contactless” cards, where you will tap instead of swipe the cards at parking gates.

Remaining balances will be transferred to the new cards following the end of the fall semester.

The new RaiderCards have larger photos, are easier to read, and longer names can be printed in full. The improved security measures allow the college to electronically control and monitor all exterior doors on campus. As a result, new building access hours will be posted in the online center and additional information will be sent prior to the start of Winter 2019.

Digital rendering of new GRCC Raider Card design. Image show the front of the card, with sections of blue, gold, and cream, and the words "GRCC RaiderCard." There is also a sample student photo with the words "GRCC Student Name. Student" underneath.

Sign up for Winter Involvement Day 2019

All registered student organizations and PENDING new student organizations are invited to participate in Winter Involvement Day 2019.

In previous years CAB has hosted a Welcome Week, but this year Homecoming will take its place for a week of events.

Winter Involvement Day will take place on Monday, January 17, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For questions please contact Kaitlynn at

Register your organization(s).

GRCC In The News, 12-19-18

Educators connect students with workforce opportunities
12/17/18 (KISD newsletter)
Senior Dave Tilma works part time at MacDonald Plumbing in Grand Rapids, and plans to become a full time-plumber after high school through on-the-job training.
… (Dave) Jackson (representative from U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship) spoke about apprenticeship programs to students in (Lary) Shoemakers electric car class during National Apprenticeship Week, and separately to a group of girls interested in skilled trades and engineering. Jackson, who is based in Lansing, also spoke to a Women in Manufacturing panel at Grand Rapids Community College.

12/18/18 WOTV
Maranda: “They’re slicing; they’re dicing; they’re learning all kinds of cool things. We stepped into the kitchen to see how students from Central Innovation High School are learning firsthand the importance of food and health.”
… Instructor: “This program we are calling Future Harvest, where we are collaborating with Spectrum Health, GRCC and the Grand Rapids Public Schools system to find opportunities for really investing in our youth when it comes to health careers and to give them an opportunity to get some life skillls. …”
(The segment was filmed during the students’ visit to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchens.)

GRCC In the News, 12-18-18

Metallica Gifts Grand Rapids Community College $100K To Beef Up Welding Program

Dec. 17, 2018;

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will receive $100,000 from heavy metal band Metallica to help launch a new welding program targeted at nontraditional students that will feature smaller class sizes, flexible scheduling and career preparation assistance.

Southeast-area athletes making impact on collegiate level

Dec. 17, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – The fall sports season has ended, the winter season is getting into full swing at colleges and universities around the region, and numerous local athletes are making contributions on the collegiate level this season.

… Sammie Ryans, an East Kentwood grad, is turning in a solid sophomore season with the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team. Ryan is averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

Campus Police to conduct training today in Main Building, stairwell

GRCC Campus Police will be conducting training on the fifth floor of Main Building today, December 18, between 1 and 5 p.m. There will be activity on the entire fifth floor, as well as the main stairwell in Main Building and the stairwell between the Main and Cook buildings between the fourth floor and the fifth floor. The areas used for training will be clearly marked, and we ask you to please avoid the area at this time.

Training exercises such as this are important as we build a culture of safety here at GRCC, and we appreciate your cooperation.

If you have any questions about the training or about specific rooms in this area, please contact Lt. Decker at the Police Department.

Sign up for Student Life Information Station staffing

Students will be returning for winter classes in just three weeks, January 7-9, and Student Life will once again be welcoming them to the new semester at well-stocked Information Stations positioned across campus. Student Life couldn’t pull this off without staff and faculty help, so we’re hoping you will consider volunteering!

The Information Stations will be at Sneden, Main, Student Center, Calkins Science, and the ATC this coming semester at varying times. Sign-ups are available on the Winter 2019 Info Station Sign Up Google Sheet.

Contact Joe Courtade, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct, with any questions: (616) 234-2543 or