GRCC In the News, 9-18-19

Retailers welcome Westshore’s new ‘anchor’

Sept. 17, 2019; WOOD Radio

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ryan Bowling runs Disc Traders, a store where gamers and video fans can buy and sell discs and equipment, on Holland Township’s Shops at Westshore, the former Westshore Mall.

… That may change when Grand Rapids Community College opens its door in the vacant JCPenney building in 2021.


Sept. 17, 2019; Community College Daily

… Michigan tribal casino, community college partner to offer Blackjack Dealer Academy

Gun Lake Casino and Grand Rapids Community College have announced a partnership to develop a job training program to help the Michigan-based tribal casino find more blackjack dealers.

Native American group gives school district $98,000 to support mascot change

Sept. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Godfrey-Lee Public Schools received $98,000 from the Native American Heritage Fund to help rebrand after replacing its controversial “Lee Rebels” name and mascot with “Legends.”

… At its July meeting, the board of the Native American Heritage Fund granted $479.781.80 to seven applicants. The other six awards, including $5,285 to Grand Rapids Community College, were for educational initiatives.

Grand Rapids’ First Ward commission race features incumbent, challenger

Sept. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The 2019 city commission race to represent Grand Rapids’ First Ward will be between incumbent Jon O’Connor and challenger Allison Lutz.

… Lutz, 22, is a customer service representative at a local marketing agency who attended Grand Rapids Community College and later studied biopyschology at Grand Valley State University.She previously worked at a small home-care business and a preschool.

SmartArt competition winner finds inspiration in art, science classes

Sept. 17, 2019;

When Cindy Mazariegos-Barrios headed downtown to Rosa Parks Circle on Sept. 9 for the unveiling of the winner in the 2019 SmartArt competition, she went with her sister but didn’t tell her parents.

… But a panel of judges from Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University begged to differ, sending “We Are All In This Together” to the top 10 and then to the top of the podium.

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!