Important Drug and Alcohol Policy and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) has been updated. Both the DAAPP and Drug and Alcohol Policy and are available for your review on the Drug and Alcohol Abuse webpage.

The alcohol and drug related health risks, prevention and intervention resources, college discipline, and legal sanctions are outlined in these two documents.

Questions please contact Jessica Berens at or x.3179

Seats are Still Available

Seats are available for next week’s “Workplace Bullies” learning opportunity facilitated by The Employer’s Association – TEA.


Scheduled for 1:00-4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 22, in Room 307 Sneden, this session will provide participants with a clear understanding of bullying and its impacts as well as presenting strategies for dealing effectively with bullying behavior. After completing this session, participants will be able to: describe what motivates a bully at work, identify how bullying behavior affects employees, recognize and address bullying behavior, know what not to do with the bully, and communicate the importance of having an anti-bullying policy and what it might include.


Visit to register today!

GRCC In the News, 10-14-19

Grand Rapids Community College will offer Saturday classes in 2020

10/11/19 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will offer Saturday classes in 2020, hoping to attract people who want a post-secondary education but are busy during the week with work and family responsibilities.

GRCC to offer commercial vehicle training for veterans

10/14/19 The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University)

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) plans to support military veterans and their spouses or children by training them to drive commercial trucks. The program seeks to fill public works jobs that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL). It was supported by a $79,567 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

College students to cook up a storm in global culinary challenge

10/12/19 North Edinburgh News (Scotland)

Two Edinburgh College Professional Cookery and Hospitality students are set for a trip of a lifetime as they prepare to represent Europe at a global culinary competition.

HNC Hospitality students Shannon McNeil (18) and Sophie Taylor (21) have been selected by the Chefs Scotland in Scotland to compete as Team Scotland in the Nations Cup taking place at the world-renowned Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, next week (15-20 October).

Grant Opportunity: Teagle Foundation Pathways Grant

The Pathways to the Liberal Arts initiative supports access to and success in liberal arts education, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Institutions are encouraged to target one of the three streams of the Pathways to the Liberal Arts initiative: (1) strengthening access to the liberal arts in the transition from high school to college; (2) strengthening transfer access to the liberal arts from public two-year to private four-year colleges; and (3) strengthening the rigor, coherence, and quality of liberal arts pathways at two- and four-year institutions. Grant awards range from $100,000-$400,000 over a 24-36-month period.


For more information, please contact Kim Squiers in the GRCC Grants Department at extension 2577 or

GRCC Geography Student Receives Award at Academic Conference

Geography major MaryAnne Flier was awarded first place in the undergraduate student paper competition with her presentation, “Assessing the Political Impact of Evangelical Christians in a Midwestern Battleground-State Community” at the annual meeting of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers. All geography programs at colleges and universities throughout Ohio and Michigan are part of the association’s East Lakes Division. Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels had their independent research critically assessed by a judging panel made up of faculty from some of the region’s leading geography programs.


Flier’s work examines the intersection of politics and religion on the social landscape of Grand Rapids. She intends to transfer to Aquinas College after graduating from GRCC in 2020 and to pursue graduate studies in Geography after completion of the baccalaureate. GRCCC students and alumni have received ten awards at the East Lakes conference over the past decade. At the awards ceremony, the GRCC Geography program also was recognized as a national finalist for the 2020 American Association of Geographers Award for Associates Program Excellence.


GRCC geography students and alumni have received awards ten awards in the past decade for the papers they’ve presented at the annual regional conference.


The GRCC Geography program was also recognized as a national finalist for the 2020 American Association of Geographers Award for Associates Program Excellence.

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Homecoming Needs

Homecoming Office Decorating Sign-Up Deadline Approaching

There is still time to sign-up to be in the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest! Departments are encouraged to get into the Homecoming spirit by decorating their offices using the theme – GRCC Raider Pride and Spirit! Review guidelines and deadlines at this link. The deadline to sign your office up is Wednesday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m.


Help Needed Distributing Encouragement Bags

At Fall Opening Day, all faculty and staff were asked to write encouraging notes to our students. We are making bags – Encouragement Bags – filled with healthy snacks, encouraging notes, and information about homecoming. On Monday, October 21st we will be distributing these bags to our students and we need more help with the distribution. Sign-up to help!


Wagons Needed

The Homecoming Committee is looking for wagons that will be used to distribute the Encouragement Bags on Monday, October 21st. If any department has a wagon that would be available for pick-up on Friday, October 18th and then delivered back to your department on Tuesday, October 22nd, please contact Erin Van Egmond at