GRCC In the News, 12-2-19

College wins $2.1M federal grant for advising system

Nov. 26, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has received a $2.1 million federal grant to create a more personalized and effective student advising system.

Grand Rapids Community College was one of three Michigan colleges and the only in West Michigan college to receive the five-year 2019 Strengthening Institutions Program grant, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Grand Rapids Community college to begin water workforce training

Nov. 27, 2019; Water & Wastes Digest

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is set to begin a training program focused on jobs related to water, public works, clean energy and river restoration projects.

New job training program to certify workers for city water systems

Nov. 30, 2019; Michigan Radio

Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new job training program to certify people to work on public water infrastructure.

Bank donates $150K for college training program

Nov. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A college will start a training program focused on jobs related to water, public works, clean energy and river restoration projects after a bank’s $150,000 donation.

After the grant from JPMorgan Chase, GRCC is teaming up with the cities of Grand Rapids and Kentwood, the nonprofit Grand Rapids Whitewater, the Grand Rapids Chamber and the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority’s Whitewater Project team on the West Michigan Clean Water and Environmental Certifications Program.

College producing Giant Awards

Nov. 29, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A college that hosts an annual awards ceremony recognizing African-American individuals and organizations has announced this year’s honorees.

The 38th Annual Giant Awards, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College, recognizes honorees for their “exceptional contributions in shaping the history and quality of life of the Grand Rapids community.”

‘Land of Sweets’ comes to DeVos

Dec. 1, 2019; Grand Haven Tribune

GRAND RAPIDS — In Act II of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” the Prince whisks the slumbering Clara away to the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy holds court in a magical land of make believe.

… To celebrate the season, culinary students at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education are creating a sugary wonderland filled with ballerinas in stained-glass sugar and bells made from blown sugar in DeVos Performance Hall in December.

Grand Rapids Symphony Presents Exciting Lineup of Events In December

Nov. 26, 2019; Broadway World Detroit

See Grand Rapids Symphony’s full calendar of events for December 2019!

December 5-8 – Fox Motors Pops


… The show includes free hot chocolate, photo ops, holiday music in the lobby by area high schools, and an elaborate “Land of Sweets” holiday extravaganza created by Grand Rapids Community College culinary students. Last but not least, one school-age student will be selected at each concert to come up on stage and guest conduct the Grand Rapids Symphony performing “Sleigh Ride.”

Free@3 features Advent Organ Concert

Nov. 27, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

Richard Van Oss will present a recital ushering in the holiday season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 as part of the Free@3 Concert Series. He will perform on First Reformed Church’s Casavant organ. The church, which sponsors Free@3, is at 630 State St., Holland.

… (Julia) Cosgrove holds a masters of music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston and a degree in performance from Taylor University. She has sung light opera roles, is a frequent soloist in many local churches, is passionate about oratorio music and is known for her 12 annual performances in Handel’s “Messiah” with the Zeeland Civic Chorus. She maintained a private studio in Boston and has previously taught at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Hope College. She currently series as the director of Care Ministry at First Reformed Church in Holland.

Jewish Theatre to perform ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’

Nov. 30, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” a comedy written by Neil Simon, is coming to Spectrum Theater this week. Directed by G.M. (Bud) Thompson, this is the latest from Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids.

End-of-the-year payroll information

Important 2019 Year End Payroll Information

2019 W-2 Availability

  • Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 17, 2020.
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2020. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

 Verify Your Personal Information

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • NEW 2020 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at New tax forms should be completed if:
    • You moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
    • Your filing status has changed.
    • You are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2020 W-4 no later than February 3, 2020.

1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from PlanSource in the mail. The form contains information regarding Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage that you may need to report as part of your 2019 tax return.

For Informational Purposes Only

  • The 2020 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2020 social security wage base will increase to $137,700.00.
  • The 2019 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will increase to $19,500 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will remain $6,000.00, for a total of $26,000.00

Adjusted hours for ATC, Sneden Computer, CAD labs

Following are the hours for the ATC Tutorial and Open Computer Lab, Sneden Computer Lab, and  Mechanical and Architectural/CAD Lab.

ATC Tutorial and Open Computer Lab Hours:

  • Friday, December 13 Lab Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday, December 16 – 19: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday December 23 – Wednesday, January 1 – Closed
  • Thursday, January 2:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 3 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 6 – Thursday, January 9:  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 10: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 13: Reopen with normal hours

Sneden Computer Lab:

  • Closed Friday, December 13 – Sunday, January 12
  • Monday, January 13: Reopen with normal hours

Mechanical and Architectural/CAD Lab:

  • Closed Friday, December 13 – Sunday, January 12
  • Monday, January 13: Hours TBA