GRCC In The News, 05-02-19

  • Grand Rapids colleges collide for a cabaret collaboration
    • 5/1/19 The Saint (Aquinas College’s student newspaper)
    • Lights! Camera! Action! This year for the first time, Aquinas and GRCC came together in fun, music, and laughter. Josie Gonzalez, a sophomore at Aquinas helped plan and organize the event with Bridgette Slezak and the Encore! EBoard. Gonzalez informed me that besides having a night full of mystical music, one of the main goals was to create friendships.
  • News 8 Daybreak
    • 5/2/19 WOOD TV
    • The city is hosting an open house for businesses. They’re specifically looking for contractors who specialize in services like landscaping, tree removal, trucking and even IT. The meeting will go over how to apply for contracts and submit bids to the city. It starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 1, and will be held at Grand Rapids Community College’s Tassell M-TEC.

Recap: Wyoming Jr High Visit to GRCC

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GRCC welcomed more than 300 7th-grade students from Wyoming Jr. High on May 1 as part of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. After enjoying a BBQ buffet in the Raider Grill, students learned about the college’s many programs and what they can do to prepare themselves for post-secondary success.

As part of the GEAR UP grant, the GRCC Foundation is setting aside scholarship funds for the 7th-grade cohorts from Wyoming Jr. High, Godwin Middle School, Godfrey-Lee Middle School, and Kelloggsville Middle School to use upon graduating high school and enrolling in a post-secondary program. GRCC’s GEAR UP program will provide academic support and advising to the Class of 2024 cohort of students and parents as they progress through the middle and high school years.

Registration ends tomorrow to volunteer for United Way’s ‘Operation United’ with InteGReat CC

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

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.

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