GRCC In the News, 6-12-19

Highlights of the 2019-20 budget approved by GRCC Trustees

June 11, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $112.3 million operating budget for the 2019-20 academic year

GRCC partners with HexArmor to create 49 new jobs

June 11, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees approved a $324,875 Michigan New Jobs Training Program agreement Monday with HexArmor, a global provider of personal protective equipment.

Overcoming homelessness to get her degree, she’s ready to help others

June 11, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

Five years after sharing her story about growing up in poverty,  a mature, confident, 22-year-old Jordan Lovett walked into a local coffee shop. She had graduated days earlier from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

… I checked in with Lovett the next winter.  She was struggling as a freshman at Aquinas College. Her grades weren’t great and she was stressed out trying to work, pay the bills, and complete 18 credits. She had already enrolled in Grand Rapids Community College for the next semester, to save money. She was one of many students in college who have the imposter feeling of, “I don’t belong here.” I wrote her second story as a bigger piece about how barriers for low-income college students don’t end at the Admissions Office door.

Sushi caterer rolls with purpose

June 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Magazine

After earning a pre-social work degree, Bawi Sung felt whatever career she found next should center on helping her fellow Burmese orphans and refugees.

… In the U.S., while learning English as a second language, Anu completed ninth grade through high school — where she met her now-husband Aceu Thawng, who immigrated to Grand Rapids in 2008. Anu then earned a pre-social work degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Chess players gain focus, swagger

June 11, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

After winning the chess tournament at Comstock Park High School for two years running, Senior Stephen Riley could walk through commencement with a bit of swagger.

… “No one thought I was going to win,” says Stephen, who will go on to classes at Grand Rapids Community College this fall. “I didn’t even think I would win.”

Bucs, Lakers and Trojans represent as All-Stars

June 12, 2019; Grand Haven Tribune

Local volleyball seniors had the chance to suit up one last time in their school colors Tuesday as Muskegon Community College hosted an All-Star game for outgoing players.

… Across the board, the local all-stars will be continuing their careers at the collegiate level. Paulsen and Carlyle got an early introduction to their new home Tuesday, as they will take their talents to play for the Jayhawks this fall. Zenas is set to set at Hillsdale College, while Strohmeyer will continue to terminate points for Lake Superior State University. (Kailey) Carmean and (Kylie) Oberlin plan to remain teammates while attending Grand Rapids Community College and Core will bring the heat at Hope College.

Students receive $500 scholarships from Sparrow Ionia Hospital Foundation

June 11, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY — Eight students pursuing careers in health care each received $500 in scholarships from Sparrow Ionia Hospital Foundation.

… Scholarship recipients for 2019 are:

… Jeffrey Puehler from Belding High School — attending Grand Rapids Community College for a nurse practitioner degree.

Grand Rapids school board approves interim superintendent contract

June 11, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids school board approved a contract Monday, June 10, for Ronald Gorman to serve as interim superintendent when Teresa Weatherall Neal retires effective July 1.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Ronald Gorman is a GRCC alumnus.)

The Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists Announces the Train-the-trainer scholarship

June 11, 2019; WHFB

In pursuit of the goal of doubling the number of female motorcycle riders by 2020, the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists (WCM) has established a train-the-trainer scholarship program in partnership with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and Michigan Rider Education Program. The scholarship program will allow for up to 10 WCM paid members to attend the RiderCoach Preparation course to become a certified motorcycle safety coach. In Michigan, only 11 percent (27 of 235) of certified RiderCoaches are female.

…  For an application for the Grand Rapids Community College Motorcycle Rider Education Program visit: ( )

Jewish Theatre’s “Church & State” combines real-life topics with comedy

June 11, 2019; FOX 17

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is combining real, serious topics and comedy in their latest production, “Church & State.”

… The play will be performed at GRCC Spectrum Theatre on the following dates:

Help payroll team by turning in timesheets on time

Attention employees and supervisors!

We all appreciate the great work of our payroll team here in HR.  Please help us help them by turning your timesheets in on time.

While most of us are great about getting timesheets turned in on time, our payroll team spends still spends way too much time correcting timesheets that have been turned in without complete and accurate data, and chasing timesheets that have not been turned in at all.  Last pay date alone, we sent out over 40 emails trying to get timesheets submitted so that we could process payroll.

Please help us by taking the time to complete, review and approve timesheets within provided timelines.  Consider adding a reminder appointment in your calendar if that might help.  Call us if you have questions about how to complete your timesheet.  We are here to help!


IT offers summer training sessions in Google

To continue honing and perfecting your Google skills, consider attending one of the summer trainings offered by the IT department. Openings are still available!


Wednesday, June 19

Intro to GMail & Calendar

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)



Thursday, June 27

Advanced G Suite for Education

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)



Tuesday, July 9

Advanced GMail

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)



Thursday, July 25

Intro to GMail & Calendar

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)



Tuesday, July 30

Advanced Calendar

2-4 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)



Wednesday, August 7

Advanced G Suite for Education

2-4 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)


See course descriptions and register ONLINE HERE


Main Campus lockdown testing scheduled

On Thursday, June 13th, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., we will be conducting a building lockdown test for all the buildings on Main Campus. Campus Police, Facilities personnel and Building Coordinators, as well as vendor/contractor personnel will be assisting. The test will involve placing the entire Main Campus in a lockdown state, and then checking to confirm that all doors have secured as expected. We will be performing the test twice. While buildings are locked down, employees will continue to have access using their Raider Card. We will have staff positioned at building entrances to allow for customer access. The G1 and G2 parking areas will be closed for entrance/exit during the test, so please plan accordingly.  If you need an alternate parking arrangement for the afternoon, please contact Campus Police. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chief Whitman or Vicki Janowiak.