GRCC In the News, 10-17-19

GRCC tapped by federal agency to support truck safety, driver training

Oct. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch a Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training program.

Mass incarceration and women: How two Grand Rapids programs help those returning overcome barriers

Oct. 17, 2019;

The statistics are unnerving. According to a 2019 report by The Sentencing Project, The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, 655 per 100,000. El Salvador comes in second with 618, Rwanda third with 434, and Russia fourth with 318 (less than half that of the USA). A few hours to the east or north of us, Canada has a rate of 114. Mass incarceration in the United States is an epidemic eating away at our communities, especially communities of color — including those right here in Kent County.

… “I’ve learned a lot about becoming self-sufficient, how to return to the workforce, and given a lot of opportunity and help that they provided,” (Candace) Walton says. “I’m also enrolled in GRCC, taking human resources classes. I feel like I can give back and help somebody else the way the Women’s Resource Center helped me. I think people are more likely to listen and learn from you when you’ve been through some of things that they’ve been going through.”

XFL Draft: Tracking former Michigan, Michigan State, Lions players selected on Day 2

Oct. 16, 2019; MLive

We’re back with the second day of the XFL draft after the league crammed three phases — skill positions, offensive lineman and defensive lineman — into the slate on Tuesday. This came after the league assigned quarterbacks to its eight teams set to kick off in February 2020.

… There have been so many connections to Michigan through just one day that even a former Grand Rapids Community College athlete was drafted.

Jeweler wins national award

Oct. 16, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local jeweler has earned national praise.

Emma Hoekstra, the owner of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry in Grand Rapids, won the 2019 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Hoekstra is a GRCC alumna.)

Preview: Omaha Symphony to play Chopin and Tchaikovsky this weekend

Oct. 16, 2019; Omaha World-Herald (Neb.)

… The Nebraska Wind Symphony will get into the Halloween spirit on Sunday at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.

The concert will feature several eerie sounds of the season, with visiting music director Joshua Kearney and associate music director Keith Davis. Jared Staub, director of bands at Grand Rapids (Michigan) Community College, will be guest conductor.

Leadership Institute 2020 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 Friday, October 25, 2019. For more information visit the Leadership Institute webpage or please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at

Show your special status as GRCC employee-GRCC alumni

GRCC alumni in the Education Department are showing their pride!

You can pick up a special GRCC Alumni pennant from Corey Turner at these Alumni Relations stations:

  • 10/22/19 – RJF Hall – Winchester Alley – 8-10 a.m.
  • 10/22/19 – Student Center 1st Floor – 12-2 p.m.
  • 10/22/19 – Sneden Hall Reception Area – 3-5 p.m.
  • 10/24/19 – Homecoming Tailgate & Game – Ford Fieldhouse – 5-9 p.m.

Have any question? Contact Corey at or at ext. 3025.

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Keep computers on tonight for software updates

As part of Information Technology’s drive to deliver innovative and amazing technologies, we need to ensure that both your computer and software remain up to date. Unfortunately, these updates can be disruptive to your work – no one likes getting prompted to restart their computer every 15 minutes.

Therefore, Information Technology performs Windows updates as well as other software maintenance remotely to campus computers on Thursday evenings while you are out of the office. We can’t do this, however, if your computer is turned off.

To ensure that these updates do not interfere with your work, we ask that you please leave your computers on when you depart for the day. This will ensure that the updates will run during your absence. You can resume normal shutdown procedures on Friday.