GRCC In the News, 8-31-20

GRCC offering remote, in-person and hybrid classes

Aug. 28, 2020;

Faculty and staff are welcoming students back Aug. 31 using four different styles of instruction to meet varying needs while using strict safety measures.

Depending on the course and program, instruction will be led remotely, in-person or as a combination of both, said GRCC Communications Director David Murray.

Staff, students join forces to combat food insecurity

Aug. 28, 2020; (Kent Intermediate School District)

As they have every week since March, a crew of devoted volunteers recently passed out bags of food and necessities to GRCC students who pulled up in their vehicles outside of the Student Community Center.

Morning Buzz: August 28

Aug. 28, 2020; FOX 17

… Experience GR is thanking everyone who participated in Restaurant Week this year.

The group says nearly 60 local restaurants were supported, and $2,000 was donated to the GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

They say about 2,300 people downloaded the app, and of those, seven out of 10 reported trying a new restaurant in Grand Rapids because of the incentives provided by the event.

Charity Works: Rack Room Commemorates MLK’s March on Washington With $24K Donation + More

Aug. 28, 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

New study: College Students Lack Basic Needs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug. 28, 2020;

LANSING—As college students return to class—whether remotely or in person—data shows that over 50 percent of college students in the United States are experiencing insecurity when it comes to basic needs like food and housing, according to a new report. Even more stark is the data broken down by race, which shows that 71 percent of Black students are experiencing these basic needs insecurities.

… Other key data points from the spring 2020 #RealCollege survey of college students in 26 states in 15 universities, including Eastern Michigan University, and 39 community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College:

Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Aug. 28, 2020;

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the State Building Authority Board of Trustees, Michigan Board of Dentistry, Elevator Safety Board, State Fire Safety Board, State Plumbing Board, Michigan State Waterways Commission, State Teacher Tenure Commission, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, and the Chair of the Natural Resources Commission.

… Cheryl Bentley, of Grand Rapids, is a substitute dental hygienist and a member of the Grand Shores Dental Hygienists’ Association and Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association. She holds an associate’s degree and a certificate in dental hygiene from Grand Rapids Community College. Ms. Bentley is reappointed to represent dental hygienists for a term commencing August 28, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2024.

Raider Salute from Sue DelRaso

From Sue DelRaso, of the ATC Tutorial and Computer Lab:

Special thanks for all the help the last two weeks to Chris Powers! You just picked up where things were left unfinished, assisted in making the necessary arrangements for COVID-19 protocols, helped with talking through ideas to make the lab run smoothly for both staff and students!

Another thank you to Shawn Hassani! You too were a great help over the last two weeks. Helping IT with cable management, unpacking furniture, assisting with making the necessary arrangements for COVID-19 protocols.

This is what GRCC produces. One of these gentleman is a current student the other is a graduate. Both are giving to help make GRCC the best Community College in the state of Michigan. Thank you both!

Are your webpages up to date?

So much has changed this past year! We wanted to share a reminder to check your webpages to make sure they are reflecting those changes with up-to-date information.

This may include updating:

  • hours listed on your webpages.
  • any location changes.
  • event information.
  • dates.
  • bios or contact information.

We know you are all busy gearing up for the fall semester. If you need help with any of these updates, please submit a ticket to and we would be happy to assist you.

Thank you for helping us provide the best information and user experience for our students.


The Web Team

Food distribution to move to Student Center

With the start of fall classes, GRCC will no longer hold drive-up food distributions.

As of Sept. 2,  food will be distributed from the Far Side Room, on the Student Center’s first floor. Students need to fill out an online form to confirm that they are enrolled in at least one GRCC course. Then they should visit RaiderConnect to RSVP for each food distribution they would like to attend.

Items in the food packages will vary from week to week but will generally include: nonperishables (soup, noodles, rice, beans, cereal, side dishes, canned fruits and veggies, etc.),  refrigerated and frozen foods (eggs, fresh produce, frozen meats, etc.), hygiene items (travel-size shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, menstrual hygiene products, etc.), and baby items (diapers, wipes, baby food, formula, etc.)

Food will be distributed on:

  • Wednesday, Sept.  2, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, -3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, -3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 3-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, 3-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 3-6 p.m.

More information and resources related to food, housing, funding and other basic needs can be found on the Get Help webpage.