Technology Notification – Reminder Blackboard SaaS Upgrade

This is a reminder that Blackboard will be offline for the migration to Blackboard SaaS. The planned maintenance will run starting Saturday, January 2nd through Wednesday, January 6th. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance.

Due to the nature of this upgrade, Blackboard may appear to be up before January 6th, however until you receive final confirmation from IT, please know that you will not be able to log in.

Reminder: IT project requests


The Information Technology Project Management Office (PMO) is preparing to open the FY 2021/2022 project request window. BCOs will be able to start submitting their IT project requests for the 2021/2022 fiscal year on Monday, January 11, 2021. The project request window will remain open until 5:00 PM Monday, March 08, 2021.

Please contact Olwen Urquhart or Jeffrey VanderVeen in the IT Project Management Office if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Important 2020 year end payroll information

2020 W-2 Availability

  • Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 15, 2021.
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 29, 2021. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

Verify Your Personal Information

  • Verify your personal information through GRCC self-service by following the instructions found at Any personal information changes should be emailed to Human Resources at no later than January 6, 2021 to be reflected on your W-2.

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • NEW 2021 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 2021 W-4 no later than February 5, 2021.

1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from PlanSource in the mail. You do not need this form to file your tax return, but you should keep this form with your tax records.  

For Informational Purposes Only

  • The 2021 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2021 social security wage base will increase to $142,800.00.
  • The 2021 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will remains unchanged at $19,500 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over remains unchanged at $6,500.00, for a total of $26,000.00