GRCC In The News, 4-18-19

  • Schwannecke inks with GVSU
    • 4/18/19 Traverse City Record-Eagle
    • TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central standout athlete Tobin Schwannecke could hear the clock ticking down the time he had left to make a college decision.
    • … Riley Sullivan (baseball) signed with Macomb Community College, Sam Schmitt (baseball) signed with Grand Rapids Community College, Matt Henkel (tennis) signed with Hope College and Jordon Christopher (track) inked with Adrian.
  • ‘The Wolves’ puts you on a girls soccer team
    • 4/16/19 Grand Rapids Magazine
    • An award-winning play opening this week revolves around the discussions on a high school girls soccer team.
    • … Presented by Actors’ Theatre, the performances will be at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater downtown, at 160 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC student part of winning MWest Challenge team

The MWest Challenge is a student venture competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

MWest involves nine West Michigan colleges and universities, representing 75,000 students from: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Kuyper College, and Hope College.

In this year’s competition, GRCC student Jake Dabkowski was part of the three-student team that won.

Pictured below are Felix Pierero (GRCC), Aiden Wysocki (Kendall), Jake Dabkowski (GRCC), Matthew Veenhoven (Kendall), and Jonathan Moroney (Kendall):

Felix Pierero (GRCC), Aiden Wysocki (Kendall), Jake Dabkowski (GRCC), Matthew Veenhoven (Kendall), and Jonathan Moroney (professor from Kendall) posing with the 'Camper Medication' MWest Challenge victory check.

Community outreach: United Way’s ‘Operation United’

Grand Rapids Community College supports the United Way through many different activities. As a College, we “donate” hours of support through the Loaned Executive Program and through participation on various agency boards. As individuals, we financially support agencies through our payroll deduction giving. The 2018 Leadership Institute cohort has chosen to extend its support and provide an opportunity for College employees to participate in a volunteer event called Operation United.


Volunteer teams will work on-site at the home of a veteran or current service member within Kent County. Opportunities available on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

What takes place?

GRCC employees volunteer to “work” a half day shift (4 hours) on this community service activity.

How do I get involved?

College-wide, we will provide opportunities for the first 50 full-time employees to register for this half-day event.

Do I need my supervisor’s approval?

Yes, employees who would like to volunteer must ask their supervisor for approval. To obtain approval, you are required to complete a Leave of Absence form which can be found on the Human Resources page.

Can I earn Professional Development for volunteering?

Yes, employees who would like to receive up to four hours of professional development credit for this community service simply need to request this in the “Tracking Professional Development Hours for Staff” section of the Leave of Absence Application, and indicate they type of leave being “Conference.”

Pay and Benefits?

Yes, you will work at your regular GRCC job for a half day and work at the United Way activity for a half day (and be paid your regular daily hours).The additional “benefits” you receive are knowing how much you can make a difference in our community and through the United Way organization!

How do I volunteer?

Review information about the service activity, and register online by the May 3, 2019, deadline.

Thanks for caring!

Recap: practical nursing students participate in Community Health Fair

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GRCC Practical Nursing Students participated in a Community Health Fair at Porter Hills Village on Tuesday, April 16.

Students presented information about topics such as osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, eye disorders, hypertension, and diabetes. Residents were able to get their blood pressure and blood sugar levels checked, as well as engage with students by participating in the various activities.

Recap: CIS students mentor others in computer literacy

GRCC CIS students Daniel Hesse and Christina Sherman pose with the Noorthhoek Academy students they helped mentor this semester.

GRCC students Christina Sherman and Daniel Hesse did more than study CIS this winter – they helped teach it, too!

Sherman and Hesse served as student mentors to GRCC Noorthoek Academy students this semester. They worked side by side all semester helping them improve their computer literacy skills.

Says their professor Katie Vander Meer, “This was a great experience once again for my students to take part in. Hugs and smiles all around for their last day today!”

New Policy 12.11 – Appliance Policy

New Policy 12.11: Appliance Policy – new policy created to address appliance procedures


I. Policy Section

  • 12.0 Building and Sites

II. Policy Subsection

  • 12.2 Appliance Policy

III. Policy Statement

  • This policy and its supporting processes provide the standards and procedures governing the selection, acquisition, installation, use and removal of appliances at Grand Rapids Community College.

IV. Reason for the Policy

  • The GRCC Facilities Department is responsible for facilitating the selection, acquisition, and installation/removal of all appliances on the GRCC campus. Appliances are reviewed and recommended that best meet the following criteria and standards:
    • Energy Efficiency (Energy Star certified appliances preferred where applicable)
    • Functionality
    • Durability
    • Warranty
    • Campus design consistency
    • Cost-effective
  • This policy applies to all appliances used by GRCC faculty and staff, regardless of location or funding source. Appliances used in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and GRCC Food Service Providers (e.g. Creative Dining) are excluded from this policy.

V. Entities Affected by this Policy

  • Employees
  • Budget Control Officers

VI. Who Should Read this Policy

  • Budget Control Officers
  • All GRCC employees

VII. Related Documents

  • 11.15 Purchasing Policy
  • 11.7 Disposal of Surplus, Used and or Obsolete Furniture & Equipment Policy
  • Procurement Card Agreement

VIII. Contacts

  • Executive Director of Facilities
  • Facilities Building Managers
  • Director of Purchasing
  • Procurement Specialist

IX. Definitions

  • Appliances covered by this policy include the following items: Microwaves, stoves, refrigerator/freezers (w/o icemaker & water dispenser), dishwashers, coffee makers, and toasters. All other appliance purchases with college funding are prohibited.
  • Personal and/or donated appliances (microwaves, coffee makers, and toasters only) are subject to Facilities Department inspection and approval prior to GRCC use. Please contact Abbot Kastanek,, 616.234.2183 to arrange an inspection.

X. Procedures

  1. The Facilities Department, in partnership with the Purchasing Department and the internal customer, is responsible for the selection process for all appliances.
  2. Departments can purchase appliances with department funds, but all purchases must be processed through the Facilities Building Managers to insure uniform standard and quality. Departments and individuals should not contact third party vendors without Facilities and Purchasing endorsement.
  3. Appliance purchases will be supported in building common areas where full and/or multiple departments gather for breaks, lunches, etc. Purchases will not be supported for individual departments where similar appliances are within close proximity. Any exceptions require the approval of the Purchasing Manager and Executive Director of Facilities.
  4. In order to maintain an accurate inventory of appliances, the Facilities Department must be contacted for all appliance moves. Employees may not disconnect, re-position or otherwise move stationary appliance items.
  5. Use of personal appliances, including portable electric heaters, must first be approved by the direct supervisor and the Executive Director of Facilities before the item may be used on campus. The Facilities Department will not be responsible for any related costs or maintenance.

XI. Forms

XII. Effective Date

  • March, 2019 (New)

XIII. Policy History

  • New policy needed to address appliance procedures.

XIV. Next Review/Revision Date

  • March, 2023


Check the Policies Page for more information.

Leadership Institute presents Tassell M-TEC open house this Monday

Photo of the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC building.

You’re Invited to the 2018 Leadership Institute’s next Sharing Event: the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC Open House

  • DATE: Monday, April 22, 2019
  • TIME: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids

Details: Connect with your GRCC family at the first departmental open house showcasing the Tassell M-TEC! Julie Parks and her team are eager to show off their campus. Some highlights include:

  • Grilling by the M-TEC Staff – FREE Hamburger/Hot Dog Lunch (vegetarian option available)
  • Tours of the M-TEC
  • Virtual Welder Contest (You could win a prize!)
  • Blood Pressure Readings & Health Protective Clothing Contest
  • Lean Training – Drip & Pipe Contest
  • Check out the Manufacturing Trailer and 3-D printer, M-TEC race car, and Jeep
  • Construction Make-and-Take Project

Whether you’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy the M-TEC campus or it’s been a while since your last visit, this is a perfect time to gain a better understanding of another GRCC campus and learn about the programs and services we provide to our students:

  • Automotive
  • Construction Trades
  • Job Training
  • Welding
  • Workforce Training

FREE lunch and free parking. No RSVP required.

Questions: Please contact

Graphic for the 2019 Leadership Institute. The text reads: "InteGREAT CC."

G Suite Transition – Early Access to Gmail and Calendar

As our campus prepares for the upcoming switch to G Suite, we understand the importance of being able to configure your inbox and populate your calendar prior to May 6.

In response to this need, during the period from April 22-May 3, you will be able to access Gmail and Google Calendar using your credentials. During this time, Gmail and Calendar will not be fully functional. All of your email messages will still be sent and received by GroupWise.

On Monday, May 6, your Gmail inbox and Calendar will become fully functional and ready to use.

What does this mean for you?

On Monday, April 22, you will be able to log into Gmail and Google Calendar with your campus network credentials. You will not be able to send or receive email in Gmail or add external guests to events until May 6. However, if you share documents or folders within Google Drive, you may see these messages appear in your Gmail inbox instead of GroupWise.

In Gmail, you may begin setting up your labels, filters, signature(s), proxy and ‘send as’ rights, and configuring your account to work best for you!

In Google Calendar, you can start migrating your GroupWise calendar appointments and setting up shared department or team calendars.

If you need assistance with configuring your new account, reach out to one of our Google Guides, attend a Professional Development offering, or request an individual or team consultation!