GRCC In the News, 8-12-19

New Provost Named at Grand Rapids Community College

Aug. 9, 2019;

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Brian Knetl will be Grand Rapids Community College’s next provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs, President Bill Pink announced Thursday, Aug. 8.

Street Talk: Patriotic partners prosper

Aug. 9, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… On the job

Grand Rapids Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant to participate in a national effort to expand registered apprenticeship opportunities.

Northview unveils alternative schooling program

Aug. 9, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Northview Public Schools is launching an alternative high school program to expand career pathways and flexible learning options.

… Some students will spend time at Leslie E. Tassell M-Tech at Grand Rapids Community College. Others will spend their time with companies or other organizations.

Jets Sign TE Nick Truesdell, Waive CB Derrick Jones

Aug. 10, 2019;

The Jets have signed tight end Nick Truesdell and waived cornerback Derrick Jones.

The well-traveled Truesdell, who played collegiately at Cincinnati and also attended Grand Rapids Community College, first signed with the Jets Aug. 4 before he was released two days after. He had a couple of stints in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and multiple stops in the Arena Football League (AFL) and had brief stays with the Colts and the Vikings and most recently played with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance for American Football. The 6’5”, 246-pounder combined to catch 127 balls for 1,527 yards with 38 touchdowns in the AFL.

New J-Hawks coach treating Jefferson like a ‘startup’

Aug. 11, 2019; Rockford Register Star (Ill.)

ROCKFORD – In November 1993, Jefferson was finishing up its eighth playoff season in the previous nine years under football coach Joe Blume.

… “I don’t care about the history. (Winning) has to happen sooner or later,” said (Jacob) Arnold, a Plainfield North graduate who played football at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan and the College of DuPage before finishing up at Rockford University.

Retirement information sessions set for Aug. 19-20

ORS and Voya Financial representatives will be on campus Monday, August 19, and Tuesday, August 20, for general information sessions and individual planning meetings.

Please watch your email for a message from Becky Bailey for more information and details about how to register for the seminar that pertains to your retirement category.

For questions, please contact Becky Bailey at ext.4038 or

Call for proposals

The Student Leadership Conference is an annual event open to all GRCC students who want to gain more experience in leadership and want to learn more about how manage a student organization. The theme this year is “oh, the places you’ll go!”

Conference style sessions will consist of:

  • Communication within student organizations
  • The ups and downs of being in a leadership role.
  • Self care as a student leader.
  • Time management.
  • Using and managing Raider Connect.
  • Managing student organization funds.
  • Conflict management.
  • Programming and advertising.
  • Marketing strategies for self and for student organizations.

Student Affairs professionals are invited and highly encouraged to submit a proposal in order to present. The conference will take place on Friday, Sept. 13th, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. All sessions are 45 minutes long. Presenters can choose a time block that fits their schedule best. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for presenters. Sessions will take place at the Applied Technology Center of GRCC. For more information please contact Thalía 616-234-2476.

Grant opportunity: Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) Grant

The GRCC Grants Department is accepting applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) grant program. The purpose of the award is to encourage support staff to improve their professional skills related to their GRCC assignments. Awards are for amounts up to $2,500 and the deadline is September 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

The SSPD Application packet and Guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage. Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Director of Grant Development at extension 3340 or Good luck!