GRCC In the News, 5-28-20

A True Handyman: Antonio’s Story

May 21, 2020; Literacy Center of West Michigan

If there were one word to describe Antonio, it would probably be “handy.” Since Michiganders were asked to Stay Home and Stay Safe due to the Coronavirus, Antonio has been taking the time to work around the house.

… Antonio, who works in maintenance for a large apartment complex by Rivertown Crossing, came to the Literacy Center to hone his handiness into a Construction Core Credential through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

Class of 2020 reflects on the year

May 27, 2020; Nevada Appeal

… Jhada Ramsey, who plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College to study pre-criminal justice:

“My favorite memories are the bus rides and hotel stays with the sports teams. That is how I became close with some of my best friends and could just enjoy my time laughing with people I liked. I will miss the crazy lunch trips with underclassmen and the game-day hype up music. I made the best of my high school career and I will cherish these memories.”

Effective Communication in Times of Uncertainty session coming June 23

In response to our present situation, facilitator Zoe Carmichael has prepared a virtual learning opportunity for GRCC employees titled “Effective Communication in Times of Uncertainty.”

There is no doubt that our current circumstances – physical distancing, remote working, and a lack of certainty about the future — all have a profound impact on how, when, and what we communicate with others.  We all need to learn ways to be efficient at working from home, managing time, and reaching others from a distance.

In this session, we will learn the types of strategies, attitudes, and habits that we could take away from this COVID-19 experience to make us better employees, better communicators, and most importantly better people.

Join us for this engaging and impactful session on Tuesday, June 23, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Register ONLINE and a calendar appointment will be sent (within 24 hours) with the link to join the Google Meet.


Grant opportunity: Spencer Foundation research grant

The Spencer Foundation’s Large Research Grants on Education supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. Deadline July 14, 2020.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. For faculty interested in a research project prompted by changes in GRCC’s education/teaching program, or changes to student access and learning, related to the COVID-19 crisis, this could be a great opportunity to fund your idea.

Email Kim Squiers ( or Lisa Dopke ( in the Grants Department for more information. We’re happy to meet with you electronically to discuss ideas.