You still have time to submit Excellence in Education nominations

Here at GRCC, we are truly fortunate to work with staff and faculty who go above and beyond their role at the college, in the community, or in higher education. These individuals make learning at GRCC a meaningful and impactful experience for our students and working at GRCC an honor and inspiration for fellow employees.

To recognize them, please consider nominating them for the Excellence in Education Award! The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

There is a cash award of $1,000 for full-time faculty who have taught at GRCC for at least 5 years, and for adjunct faculty who have taught at least 2 years, with a $750 cash award. Staff members also receive a cash award of $1,000.

Anyone can nominate! Deadline for nominations is May 10, 2019:


Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.


GRCC In the News, 5-9-19

Morning News

May 9, 2019; WOOD Radio

President Pink talked with WOOD Radio’s Steve Kelly about the hiring event today sponsored by the Grand Rapids Racial Equity Initiative.


GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal GRCC’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna

May 3, 2019; Grand Rapids Times

Grand Rapids Community College surprised Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal by naming her its 2019 Distinguished Alumna during the 102nd commencement on Friday, where Neal was the event’s keynote speaker.

Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 30 years of lifelong learning

May 8, 2019; WZZM

Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 30 years of lifelong learning

Heritage Hill Home Tour tickets available

As a Title Sponsor for the 50th annual Heritage Hill Home Tour, GRCC received 24 complimentary passes that we’re making available to interested employees. We’ll give them away in pairs to the first 12 people who request them. The Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. If you’re interested in tickets, please contact Vicki Janowiak at

Grant opportunity: National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is once again sponsoring the Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges grant. This opportunity funds curricular and faculty development projects that help strengthen humanities programs or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from humanities areas of studies such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at the college.

The Humanities Initiatives program makes awards of up to $100,000 and the project period ranges from one to three years. The deadline is July 12, 2019. If you are interested in more information, or you would like to apply for this grant, please call or email Kim Squiers in the GRCC Grants Department at extension 2577 or