Fall Fun for GRCC Employees!



Fall Fun for GRCC employees!


The annual fall employee engagement event is joining the Benefits Fair once again this year.


This year we’re trying something new and different and having a ….


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Stop by to make your own tasty treat with apple quarters to dip in various toppings!


Bring a coworker and enjoy coffee or a chai latte together and mingle with friends from around the college!


Wednesday October 30 from 11:30am-1:30pm in ATC (1st floor Atrium)


Looking forward to seeing you there!

GRCC Transfer Fair 2019

On Thursday, September 26th GRCC hosted its annual transfer fair.  Thanks to amazing the weather the event was a resounding success.  This event is important to our students as many do not have the opportunity to travel to meet with these schools.  It allows students the opportunity to communicate and learn about all the possible transfer options available to them.  They can ask questions, gather information and ultimately make an educated and informed choice about their transfer plans.

GRCC hosted over 65 institutions and 80 transfer representatives, a significant increase over last year when 42 schools attended.  We estimate over 1,000 students came through the fair, talking to the different participants during this three hour event.  The feedback from the students and representatives participating was resoundingly positive and all were appreciative of the opportunity this event affords them.

Thank you to all those around campus who helped make this event such a success.


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Grant Writing Services at GRCC

The GRCC Grants Department offers free grant writing and proposal development services to
GRCC faculty and staff. Do you have a great idea you’d like to get funded, but feel like you
could use a little help? Call or email Lisa Dopke (extension 3340, ldopke@grcc.edu) or Kim
Squiers (extension 2577, kimsquiers@grcc.edu) in the Grants Department.

Services offered:

  • Researching grant opportunities and funding sources
  • Coordinating the grant development process
  • Grant writing and editing services
  • Facilitating grant-related partnerships

October Learning Opportunities

Check out what’s coming up for October!

Register for one of these upcoming sessions:

[times, locations, and descriptions can be found at: grcc.edu/currentlearning]


Wednesday Oct 2

Transgender 101

Friday Oct 4

Headaches: Causes & Remedies

Monday Oct 7

Title IX Training

Wednesday Oct 9

Reimbursement Policy

Friday Oct 11

Brain Health

Wednesday Oct 16

Benefits 101

Friday Oct 18

Stress & Burnout in the Workplace

Monday Oct 21

Advanced Gmail

Tuesday Oct 22

Workplace Bullies

Wednesday Oct 23

Active Shooter Response Training

FMLA – What’s In It For You?

Tuesday Oct 29

Strengths Finder

Wednesday Oct 30

Accessibility Basics


Sign up ONLINE to reserve your spot in a session!

Don’t forget about the Benefits Fair on Wednesday October 30 from 11am-3pm in the ATC Banquet Rooms!

Also during that time employees can enjoy a Fall treat at the Caramel Apple Bar (formerly Cider & Doughnuts) just outside the banquet rooms, first floor ATC atrium between 11:30am-1:30pm.

Questions? More information? Contact Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcc.edu

GRCC In the News, 9-26-19

College offering retail management certificate

Sept. 25, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A college and grocer are partnering to offer a retail management certificate.

… The first two classes, organizational behavior and accounting, are being taught by GRCC faculty at Meijer headquarters in Walker. The rest of the classes include online courses in business communication and business management.

West Michigan students join state’s new Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force

Sept. 25, 2019; WWMT

LANSING, Mich. — Four West Michigan students are among the members of Michigan’s new Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force launched in September 2019.

… The task force members chosen by the state are:

… Sean Huizing of Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids Community College

Muskegon Ends GOCC Winning Streak With Five-Set Victory

Sept. 25, 2019; Three Rivers Commercial-News

MUSKEGON — Muskegon became the first team this season to hand previously unbeaten Glen Oaks Community College a loss this season in volleyball Tuesday.

… Glen Oaks visits Grand Rapids Community College Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Leadership Institute 2020 Now Accepting Applications

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus.

The Leadership Institute 2020 application deadline is this Friday, October 25, 2019. For more information visit the Leadership Institute webpage or please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at jberens@grcc.edu.

Grant Opportunity: National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or translations. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.


Awards are up to $100,000/year for one to three years. Deadline for submission is December 4, 2019. If you are interested in more information, contact Kim Squiers at extension 2577 or kimsquiers@grcc.edu.

Godwin Future Chefs Visit Secchia Institute

Godwin Heights 8th graders prepared lunch with Secchia Institute for Culinary Education chefs as part of a GEAR UP career exploration event on Friday, September 20, 2019. President Dr. Bill Pink greeted students upon arrival at the ATC noting he would like to welcome them again in a few years as GRCC students. Once in kitchen labs, students donned aprons and received instructions to cut vegetables for a vegan spaghetti sauce. Dr. Werner Absenger, Secchia Institute program director, checked to see that students participated in preparations and enjoyed their pasta. For dessert, students learned how to decorate cupcakes with leaves, spirals, and multicolored sprinkles. GEAR UP cohort students from Lee, Wyoming, and Kelloggsville will have their working lunches on the next three Fridays.

GRCC In the News, 9-25-19

Meijer, GRCC collaborate on new certificate program

Sept. 24, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College partnered with Meijer to create a new Retail Management Certificate program that will provide employees the relevant skills and competencies needed to advance their careers.

Army of youth march to ‘fight for the world we will be living in’

Sept. 24, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

On a sunny fall day in Grand Rapids, as millions of young people around the world rallied for environmental action, two high school students in a park were going over last-minute preparations for their participation in a global movement to stop climate change.

… A day earlier, as hundreds of students gathered outside the Student Center at Grand Rapids Community College, English professor Maryann Lesert spoke about the link between climate change and peaceful social action.

A stroll through the city means a walk through art

Sept. 24, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Art can become toys and books, make sound and light — even turn into huge murals and sculptures, learned wide-eyed preschoolers during Artwalk, a morning set aside in downtown Grand Rapids just for little ones and their families.

The city stroll, part of Project 1 by ArtPrize, led to the discovery of art in many forms for students from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Headstart, Grand Rapids Community College’s Laboratory Preschool, and Grand Valley State University charter schools.

GRCC In the News, 9-24-19


Sept. 23, 2019; Community College Daily

… Appointments

… Francisco Ramirez, a Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) admissions and enrollment coordinator, will serve on the board of directors for the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, which works to ensure equal access and opportunity in the Lakeshore community for people of all ethnic backgrounds.

Aquinas College names new vice president for advancement

Sept. 23, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gina Covert will the new vice president for advancement for Aquinas College, President Kevin Quinn announced Monday, Sept. 23.

… Covert earned an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from the American College of Financial Services.

Davenport receives $4M grant for cybersecurity students

Sept. 24, 2019; Midland Daily News

Davenport University received a five-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train and educate the nation’s next generation of cybersecurity experts as part of their CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program.

… Led by Lonnie Decker and Mark McKinnon of Davenport University, and Andrew Rozema of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), the program will provide 28 students with scholarships that cover their full-tuition, any education-related fees and living costs. In return, graduates are guaranteed a full-time cybersecurity role at a government entity.

West Michigan Rising: A Grander Grand Rapids and Saugatuck Untucked

Sept. 23, 2019; EDGE Los Angeles

I’d been away from Grand Rapids for 20 years — so as excited as I was to return to my leafy Midwestern hometown after all this time, I honestly wasn’t sure what I’d find. I’d heard about how the city had blossomed, and that it was now way more than just the Furniture Capital of the World and the site of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. But would reality live up to the growing hype?

… Grand Rapids’ dining scene has improved dramatically since my day, thanks in no small part to the fact that the city is now home to one of the top culinary schools in the country, the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Skilled and adventurous local chefs make ample use of the fertile farms surrounding the city, helping to put it on a growing number of “undiscovered foodie destination” lists. Grand Rapids has also been dubbed Beer City USA for its robust lineup of more than 40 craft breweries — be sure to stop in at Belgian/French-inspired Brewery Vivant (with its fun pub set in a former funeral home) for a tour and obligatory Big Red Coq.

(Travel article by Dan Allen. It appeared in many EDGE-affiliated sites.)

Golden Raider Retirees hosting happy hour

We’re doing it again!

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting another happy hour! Come and connect with your colleagues and throw a few bucks in the collection box for our Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Thursday, September 26,  4:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Vitale’s Sports Bar, 834 Leonard NE.

  • Cash bar and food available.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends (even those poor souls who still work).
  • Join the GRCC retirees for a gathering of friendship and fun!

GRCC In the News, 9-23-19

Pedestrian struck by car in Kentwood

Sept. 23, 2019; WOOD TV

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A college student was hit by a car while crossing a street in Kentwood Monday morning.

The Kent County sheriff’s deputies told News 8 that before 7 a.m. Monday a Grand Rapids Community College student was hit while crossing 60th Street near Division Avenue as she was heading to the bus stop.

Feds look to hire Davenport, GRCC cybersecurity grads

Sept. 19, 2019; WOOD TV

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The federal government is looking for students just like Davenport University freshman Damian Cole.

… Only Davenport students in a cybersecurity program or Grand Rapids Community College students in their second year of an approved AAS program are eligible for the scholarships. Aside from GPA and other academic requirements, students must pass a background check.

Grand Rapids Community College starting Blackjack Dealer Academy

Sept. 19, 2019; 95.7 FM

Grand Rapids Community College has announced a partnership with Gun Lake Casino to begin a Blackjack Dealer Academy this fall.

Patisserie Perfection

9/20/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

As a 14-year-old boy in Le Mans, France, Gilles Renusson remembers the tension he felt showing his parents a bad report card.

… “It was 50 years ago I started my apprenticeship: Monday, the 15th of September, 1969,” said Renusson, reminiscing as he led a tour of the Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts, where he has taught for 28 years. He lauded the school’s kitchens, equipment and, most effusively, the work of his colleagues.


ITB Packaging investing $3.5M in Holland expansion

Sept. 22, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND — ITB Packaging LLC announced $3.5 million in private investment expected to create at least 65 jobs over three years in Holland.

… “With ITB Packaging’s focus on growth and innovation, we are pleased to partner with Lakeshore Advantage and Grand Rapids Community College to provide this customized workforce hiring and training plan that will help meet ITB Packaging’s goals,” said Jacob Maas, chief executive officer of West Michigan Works. “ITB Packaging is a valuable asset to the West Michigan community and we champion their expansion.”

KVCC secures brewpub license to sell student-made beers

Sept. 22, 2019; mibiz.com

KALAMAZOO — In the four years since Kalamazoo Valley Community College launched its sustainable brewing program, it could use student-made beers for tastings and instructional purposes, but not offer it for sale in its on-campus full-service restaurant.

… The KVCC program joins college-based brewpubs at Grand Rapids Community College and Livonia-based Schoolcraft College, both of which were licensed in 2016.

Big Splash Week concludes with beach clean up

Sept. 23, 2019; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University student newspaper)

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Grand Valley State University’s Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) invited GVSU students to help clean up the Grand Haven Public Beach in partnership with the Alliances of the Great Lakes and the Making Waves Initiative.

… The CSLC has a variety of service opportunities this year. Their next volunteering event is Make a Difference Day on Oct. 12, and is typically one of their largest. Students from Grand Rapids Community College are also invited, and the CSLC projects 70 students from Grand Rapids Community College to come participate. Cornerstone students were also invited to the Nonprofit and Volunteer Internship Fair Sept. 12.

The Mad Scientist Vision

Sept. 20, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

I gave a talk at the Michigan Student Success Summit in Lansing on Thursday.  It was a chance to reconnect with my Aspen colleague Bill Pink, now the President of Grand Rapids Community College, and a chance to talk to folks doing the same kinds of work that we’re doing, but in a different context.  It reminded me of why it’s helpful to switch contexts every so often.

(Blog by Matt Reed, vice president for learning at Brookdale Community College.)

Siena Heights cross country teams fourth at Knight-Raider Invite

Sept. 21, 2019; Daily Telegram (Adrian)

The Siena Heights men’s and women’s cross country teams both had fourth place finishes Friday with men taking fourth at Grand Rapids Community College’s Knight-Raider Invite while the women fourth at the Raider Invite at Caledonia.

Report: Misdemeanors burdening MI criminal justice system

Sept. 20, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Despite a 22% drop in arrests statewide in the past decade, tens of thousands of people are still being jailed for nonviolent offenses like failure to appear in court, possessing marijuana and shoplifting, a new report concludes.

… The forum, which is open to the public, runs until 4 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College’s Student Community Center. The public is invited to provide testimony from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.