GRCC In The News, 4-22-19

  • GRPS growing partners, interest in career academies at Ottawa Hills
    • 4/18/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools has 19 partners and counting to assist with the development of six career academies planned for Ottawa Hills High School, officials said Thursday, April 18.
    • … The academies along with the Early Middle College program, launched in 2017-18, are expected to grow enrollment. Students can earn a diploma and associate degree in five years through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.
  • Change Ups: Hatfields are new franchise owners of Floor Coverings International
    • 4/19/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • … Government
    • Gretchen Whitmer appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, overseeing the public-private partnership focused on creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
  • Students, parents invited to free West Michigan National College Fair today
    • 4/22/19 MLive
    • GRAND RAPIDS, MI – College associations are invited students and parents to a free West Michigan College Fair Monday, April 22, at DeVos Place Conference Center.
    • … Local higher education institutions as well as those across the state will be in attendance including: Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Ferris State University and the Kendall College of Art and Design of FSU, Marquette University, Hope College, Calvin College, Aquinas College, and Grand Rapids Community College.
  • Jack Pieters named Ionia County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant
    • 4/18/19 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
    • IONIA — After 17 years with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, Jack Pieters has been promoted to lieutenant of the department.
    • … Pieters has an associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College and served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1989-98.
  • ‘He’s ready for the world’
    • 4/19/19 (Kent Intermediate School District)
    • Nik Ursiny is in charge of his own future, the thoughtful young man explained as he reflected on how far he’s come to graduation. He’s not letting debilitating illnesses determine his fate.
    • … Nik will graduate May 23 from Byron Center High School. He hopes to attend the Grand Rapids Community College Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Program and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to starting college in the fall, he will get paid to work through the program, which partners with AutoCam, a Grand Rapids-based manufacturer.
  • Women in craft beer brew up change
    • 4/19/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • Despite a number of female- and minority-owned breweries popping up in West Michigan, most folks in the craft beer industry say it’s a white man’s world.
    • … She (Graci Harkema) said groups, events and programs Founders is eyeing that already exist include Fermenta, which focuses on female brewers; a festival called Fresh Fest that started in 2018 in Pittsburgh for black brewers; and college brewing science programs such as those at Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University and Eastern Michigan University. Founders hopes, through the Brewers Association, to help provide grants and scholarships that are diversity-based, which would create a pipeline of empowerment from the ground up.
  • Michigan Matters
    • 4/21/19 WWJ
    • We’re back and talking with Sand Beruah, Denise Ilitch, and Patti Poppe about a variety of things.
    • … Patti Poppe: “It’s (Mackinac Policy Conference) a big, it’s a very important pillar, it’s Prepare Michigan, and that’s sort of a k through forever education ethos that we’d love to create here in Michigan, but we’ve a great lineup of speakers, talking about that, Bill Pink from the Grand Rapids Community College, followed by Jeb Bush, as we mentioned, and then the Launch Michigan panel, with Doug Rothwell, Tanya Allen from the Skillman Foundation.”
  • Street Talk: A river runs through it
    • 4/19/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • The city of Grand Rapids is partnering with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Whitewater and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. to host an open house for companies interested in learning more about business opportunities associated with the Grand River restoration project.
  • Grand Rapids taking next step towards restoration of rapids
    • 4/18/19 95.7 FM
    • The restoration of the rapids to the Grand River in Grand Rapids is a years-long project which will bring major changes to the look and activities found in downtown Grand Rapids.
    • … The City of Grand Rapids has announced an open house with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Whitewater and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. on Thursday, May 2. The open house is primarily for businesses that provide landscaping, tree removal, trucking, information technology and other services. Their help will be needed when work on the Grand River begins.
  • Open house set to highlight business opportunities for Grand River restoration project
    • 4/18/19 WZZM
    • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Business owners and local companies interested in learning about the opportunities associated with the Grand River’s restoration project have a chance to do just that in a couple weeks.
    • The free open house event is born from a partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Whitewater and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. It’s set for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at GRCC Tassell M-TEC, located at 633 Godfrey Ave SW.
  • News 8 at Noon
    • 4/18/19 WOOD TV
    • There may be some business opportunities surrounding the Grand River restoration in Grand Rapids, and the city wants you to know about it. The city is working with GRCC and the Grand Rapids Whitewater Group to host an open house for companies interested in learning about those business opportunities.
  • A young botanist and a former Bend mayor are vying for COCC board seat
    • 4/21/19 Bend Bulletin (Ore.)
    • The candidates for the Central Oregon Community College board’s sole contested race have two similar goals: clamping down on the college’s campus security force and increasing online course offerings. But that’s about all the candidates agree on.
    • … Regardless of who is elected, COCC will see changes in its near future, as Laurie Chesley, a community college vice president in Michigan, will become the college’s new president in July. Like both candidates, she said she hoped to expand online classes. Currently, the college offers between 75 and 100 online courses per quarter, according to college spokesman Ron Paradis.

Tutor Recommendations Needed

The GRCC faculty are the primary source for tutor recommendations, we appreciate their help and thank them for their continuing support. We are reaching out again and asking for assistance in identifying potential tutors. Please take a moment and consider the students enrolled in your classes. Are there a few you would recommend as a tutor?

Students who tutor must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and a 3.0 G.P.A. in the subjects they wish to tutor. If you have a potential tutor in mind, you may use one of the following methods to submit a recommendation:

  • Download the Tutor Recommendation form at and return it to our office – Academic Support & Tutoring Services, 2nd floor Library, Room 232 LRC.
  • Request a copy of the Tutor Recommendation form be sent to you by emailing

We are asking that you submit these recommendations by Friday, May 10, 2019. We will contact the recommended students, explain our tutor selection process, and invite them to schedule a job interview.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Don VanOeveren by phone (234-3684) or by email (

Monroe Ave NW partially closed this week for construction

Photo of Monroe Ave. NW outside of DeVos Place, where lanes will be closed beginning April 22.

Beginning TODAY, April 22, Monroe Ave. NW in front of DeVos Place will narrow traffic flow and temporarily close lanes.

The lane closures are expected to last through Friday, April 26.

The temporary lane closures will:

  • Shift northbound and southbound traffic on Monroe Avenue to the western two lanes.
  • Close the Silver Line station in front of the City and County buildings. A temporary bus stop will be added north near Michigan Street.
  • Close the crosswalk to the main entrance of DeVos Place. The next crosswalk to the south will remain open.
  • Close the Monroe Avenue entrance to the City and County buildings during active material lifts. During these intermittent closures, visitors may enter the buildings from the Government Center Ramp or the Calder Plaza entrance off Ottawa Avenue NW.

The lane closures – planned for April 22-26 – are necessary for onsite crane mobilization as crews remove the temporary air handling units from the roof of City Hall.

For more information, please visit the City of Grand Rapids website.

Today: Leadership Institute presents Tassell M-TEC lunch and open house

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."

Important announcement from Purchasing – prepare for new procards

GRCC has made a decision to discontinue the procard relationship with our existing provider Chase Bank. Consequently, new BMO Harris Bank GRCC procards will be available for pick up for all existing procard holders beginning today, April 22, 2019.

The cards will be made available at the Purchasing Office/Administration Bldg/DeVos Campus on an ongoing basis. For your convenience you may also pick your new procard (on Main Campus & MTEC) during the specified times as follows:

  • This Wednesday, April 24, from 8-9 a.m. – Tassell MTEC, Room 101
  • This Thursday, April 25, from 2-4 p.m. – Facilities Upper Conference Room
  • Next Thursday, May 2, from 8-11 a.m. – Facilities Upper Conference Room

A new cardholder agreement must be signed and your old card must be returned to obtain your new card. Thank you. Please contact us at x3853 with any questions.

G Suite Transition – Sharing files with Gmail and Google Drive

Ever run into that pesky 20MB limit when sending an email with a large attachment in GroupWise? You can now attach files in Gmail with less restriction than GroupWise.

Google has a better solution to make sure your attachment reaches your recipient. Gmail has a 25MB attachment size. 5MB may not sound like much of a difference, but it is equivalent to 5,242,800 characters!

But wait, there’s more – you can share files over 25MB by utilizing Google Drive.

With Google Drive, there is NO LIMIT to what file size you can share with others.

While using Google Drive, please remember:

  • Do not include PII (Personally Identifiable Information, e.g. Student ID Numbers), credit card / financial data, etc.
  • Unless necessary, do not share Drive documents outside of the GRCC domain

Exam week hours for Campus Dining this week

The Quiet Café:

  • Monday-Thursday, April 22-25: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3: Closed

The Quiet Café will begin summer hours on May 6: Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Raider Grille:

  • Closed exam week.
  • The Raider Grille will be closed for the summer.

The Sneden Café:

  • Monday, April 22: Open Normal Hours
  • Tuesday, April 23: Open 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Closed Wednesday, April 24-Friday, April 26
  • The Sneden Café will be closed for the summer.

G Suite Transition – Early Access to Gmail and Calendar begins today

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, as of today, April 22, you are now 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 May 6, your Gmail inbox and Calendar will become fully functional and ready to use.

What does this mean for you?

You can now 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!