GRCC In the News, 8-18-20

Students face an uncertain semester

Aug. 17, 2020; Grand Rapids Magazine

The first time Jacob Starner heard about novel coronavirus he was studying on exchange in South Korea. It was right around Thanksgiving when his phone lit up with a news article from his mom, texting from back in Grand Rapids.

… And then Starner was back in East Grand Rapids, quarantined like everyone else. He had planned on studying in Israel via American Jewish University this fall before heading to the University of Michigan. But that’s different now. He still likes the idea of the University of Michigan — but as of May, he was eyeing local, online classes at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s looking forward to studying economics or political science — probably a language, too — but it’s all going to be so much different than he’d expected. Now he’s waiting for the fall, nostalgic for something that won’t ever happen.

… And although every college is different, many of them had the same wait-and-hope approach through the summer. The University of Michigan was planning a return to on-campus instruction, as possible. Grand Rapids Community College was much the same, with officials hoping in May to host some classes on campus and some online.

Charity Works: Nordstrom Enlists Help of Olympian Gabby Douglas to Donate 35,000 Shoes to Kids in Need + More

Aug. 17, 2020; Footwear News

Aug. 11, 2020: Wolverine and rock band Metallica’s nonprofit, All Within My Hands, are teaming up to launch a duo of special-edition boots to support trade school education. All proceeds from the sale of the boots will benefit the nonprofit to further support those in the skilled trades. The collection includes the 1000 Mile Axel, a spin on the classic 1000 Mile boot, detailed with a Metallica Key logo-inspired heel plate, an All Within My Hands toe kicker, metal-tipped laces and metal guitar pick tag. The boot is made in the U.S. of Horween Chromexel leather from the Chicago-based tannery. The Hellcat style takes root in a traditional work boot and features a molded Metallics Key logo and guitar pick tag. The partnership will benefit three community college trade programs: Grand Rapids Community College, Lone Star Community College and WSU Tech in Wichita, Kansas, each receiving $100,000 joint grant and Wolverine boots to help students get started in their career. The boots can be preordered online, followed by an official launch on Aug. 26 on

News at 5 p.m.

Aug. 17, 2020; FOX 17

Anchors: “Grand Rapids Community College is partnering with another nonprofit to provide students with fresh produce. Plainsong Farms in Rockford has already given about 400 pounds of food from its fields along 12 Mile Road since March. GRCC’s Office of Student Life has been holding distribution events for students facing food and housing insecurity. It’s not just food either. They’re giving out things like pet food and diapers, too. The next distribution is Wednesday night, outside the Student Community Center on Lyon Street.”

Changes to student loaner laptop program

Over the course of the Winter and Summer semesters, the IT department has been providing loaner computers and technology to students to aid them with their online and virtual classes. As of this week, our Library will be taking over the distribution and collection of loaner technology to students.

Students can continue to request loaner computers and mobile hotspots for the Fall semester via: Requests for webcams or headsets can be done in-person at the Library circulation desk. Students may pick-up and return loaner equipment at the circulation desk, which will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 27. Beginning Aug. 31, the circulation desk will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

IT will continue to manage loaner technology requests for Staff and Faculty. Please use our Support Portal to request loaner laptops and off-campus equipment such as docking stations, monitors, cables and more.

If any student has additional questions or concerns please refer them to the Library either by phone at 616-234-3872 or by email at