GRCC In the News, 6-13-19

GRCC increases efforts to tackle student homelessness, housing insecurity

June 12, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is working toward a goal of establishing a single-stop resource center to better support students struggling with food, housing and other forms of financial insecurity.

Grand Rapids Community College Demonstrates Impact of Non-Credit Workforce Development Programs

June 12, 2019; (blog)

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) commissioned an Economic Impact Study to better understand the effect of its non-credit workforce development programs. In the past, it has been difficult for colleges to quantify the impact of workforce development programs with confidence, due to a lack of methodologies designed specifically for non-credit programs.

GRCC Retiree Biography: Teri Dilworth

Teri Dilworth

Teri Dilworth

Teri started working part-time in August of 1986 and went full-time in 1988. Her entire career has been dedicated to GRCC and our students in the Disability Support Services and Occupational Support office. “That response has always been met with surprise. I truly liked where I work and what my role entailed in the department. It offered me the opportunity to interact with students, parents, community and staff. I’ve seen many students struggle with various barriers which included students with learning disabilities, mental illness, physical and health limitations as well as those who were single parents and low income, etc. Seeing these students find success, whether it was completing a two-year degree, transferring or even a couple of classes for personal interest, allowed me to be a part of their journey. I loved watching them grow and build confidence within themselves. I am proud of the fact that this was my one and only position at GRCC.”

When asked about a favorite story the students she has served, Teri said: “The staff I work with are incredible. They are talented, hard-working and caring people. That will be the most difficult part of retiring for me as I leave my co-workers and friends.”

Teri has helped many students feel and recognize that they belonged in our GRCC community. When asked about an experience that demonstrated she belonged at GRCC, she shared: “For me, the definition of belonging is when I see and feel there is strong leadership within the college community. Example: During my years on the APSS Executive Board, I felt most valued when Dr. Pink requested to meet with the Board President (Sandy Gregory) and Vice President (Me). I felt a true sense of engagement during our meetings as well as being invested in what we brought to him with our concerns and opinions.”

Teri isn’t making plans right away, she wants to ease into retirement. “I have a new grandbaby coming in July, which will make four grandchildren for my husband and I. I have a scheduled trip for a few days in August. I also have a big project to start this summer. Renovations on a newly purchased vintage trailer.”

“I have always felt fortunate and proud to be an employee of GRCC. I have raised a family while working here and now I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to retire at 58.  I will miss the people but I am ready to do something on my own time clock.”

Teri, how can we thank you enough for the time, care and dedication you have shown to GRCC students? Enjoy retirement, have fun with your grandbabies and traveling in your vintage trailer, and visit your friends at GRCC as often as possible. Congratulations!

GRCC Retiree Biography: Jan Boynton

Jan began working at GRCC in February 2005 in the Financial Aid office. Jan has worked within Financial Aid for 40 years. “Financial Aid folks are a close knit group of people. I have stayed in touch with many of my colleagues from Western Michigan University (where I started my Financial Aid career), along with friends at Davenport, where I worked before starting at GRCC. I have enjoyed the camaraderie and many friendships I have acquired over the years.”

When asked about a story that demonstrated she belonged at GRCC, Jan said: “It was always a lot fun to help out at graduation and see students I had helped throughout the years graduate.”

Jan will be keeping busy following retirement. Jan and her husband are expecting their first grandbaby June 15th. “Our son and daughter-in-law live in Alaska! So we are planning a trip up there soon after I retire! Along with traveling to Alaska, we hope to do some other traveling around the country to national parks. We will also be spending more time at the family cottage on Elk Lake (north of Traverse City).”

Congratulations on your retirement, Jan! Your dedication to GRCC and our students is recognized and appreciated. We wish you the best in your retirement, enjoy your new grandbaby!


Raider Salute from preschool

A Raider Salute from the Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory:

It takes a village — this awesome group moved our Play and Learn materials. Thanks to Pat Baldridge for organizing staff and coordinating the truck. We couldn’t do this without each person’s contribution.  

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Sign up to help GRCC baseball team with Tom Hofmann Golf Outing

There is room for a few more teams in the fourth-annual Tom Hofmann Golf Outing, and we’d love to fill them with GRCC employees.

The event, on Saturday, June 29, at Scott Lake Golf and Practice Center, benefits the GRCC Tom Hofmann Baseball Scholarship Fund and baseball student-athletes. Registration is $100 per golfer and each registrant will receive:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Golf cart
  • 2 drink tickets
  • Steak dinner
  • Entrance into the skins game
  • Free GRJC or GRCC T-shirt

Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. There will be prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, and more.

A cash bar and great raffle prizes will also be available with dinner. Meal tickets are $25 per person for guests that would like to join the group for dinner after golf.

You can sign up online.


GRCC Baseball presents the Tom Hofmann Golf Outing. Saturday, June 29