Summer of camps!

Workforce Training and the Tassell M-TEC filled their summer with camps! From June 17 to Aug. 15, they:

  • Conducted 12 summer camps (plus Cruising to College).
  • Hosted 281 campers (including 71 from Cruising to College).
  • Organized Manufacturing, Construction, Woodworking, Culinary and the Healthcare Scrubs camps.
  • Hosted 30 campers from Passport to Success
  • Welcomed eight campers from Passport to Careers

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GRCC In the News, 9-4-19

GRCC scholarship honors founding board member

Sept. 3, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ellen James is a founding board member at Grand Rapids Community College and served as a trustee for 25 years.

Reception to celebrate GRCC scholarship honoring ‘trailblazer’ Ellen James

Sept. 3, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College leaders say they’ve established a scholarship fund to honor “the trailblazing service” of former board of trustees member Ellen M. James.

Summer Scholars ready for showcase

Sept. 3, 2019;

While he was a student at Grand Rapids Community College, Jose Garcia built a schedule around industrial maintenance technology and computer science classes thinking it would lead him to a solid job.

Thanks to YOU, Information Stations a Success!

Information station statistics

In addition to helping students feel comfortable, answering questions, and being a friendly face during the first week, 54 different information station volunteers staffed 135 hours of tabling and:

– Distributed 450 Campus Maps

– Distributed 220 Sneden Shuttle Maps

– Handed out 2,250 Life Savers and 2,500 Jolly Ranchers!


Volunteers also captured the types and frequency of questions asked at each station, which will help with the Campus Wayfinding Core Group understand the needs of students at each of the four Information Station locations.


Thank you all for helping our students feel comfortable on campus last week!


Here’s to a great semester!

Mary Johnson shares photo from Iceland trip

Mary Johnson shares news from her Van and Marinius Swets Travel Award:

I have returned from my trip in time for the start of classes and want to thank you so much for my Van and Marinius Swets Travel Award!

With it, I was able to add an excursion where I was able to ride an Icelandic horse outside of Reykjavik, Iceland.  These horses are direct descendants of the horses the Vikings brought to Iceland 1,000 years ago, and really special.  Here I am, on a very windy day, riding through the lava fields!

Many thanks for a very special addition to an already great trip!

Mary Johnson rides a horse on a windy day in Iceland.

Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) Grant Program

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 at 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!