Reminder – Recording Professional Development Hours

Every hour counts! Here are a few friendly reminders regarding the recording of Professional Development Hours:
Self Reporting: Did you know you’re able to self-report professional development? You may record items such as webinars, college courses, and even volunteer time! To do so:

Log in to your Online Center.
Choose Employee Self Service, then select Professional Development Tile.  
Choose Training Summary from the Left Navigation menu
Click the Add Professional Training link, followed by the Add Professional Training Course button.
Populate the training information in the fields provided and Save. 

Please note: Training must be added in 0.5 hour increments.

LOA Submissions: If you’re attending a conference, in person or virtual, please be sure to submit a LOA and specify the total hours attributed to professional development. This will automatically be added to your training summary by HR.
HR & CTE Training: Trainings completed through HR or CTE will automatically be added to your training summary.

Growing number of university students earning credits, saving money as GRCC guest students

Students in science class.

The number of university students attending Grand Rapids Community College during the summer semester continues to rise, with students earning credits to transfer back to their home schools.

Summer guest students attending GRCC increased 82 percent between 2013 and 2020. Last year, 1,574 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses – 25 percent of all students enrolled during the semester.

This year, GRCC is offering 736 courses during the summer semester, with registration now open. Classes run May 10 to Aug. 17 with a variety of start dates. Classes are offered in seven- and 14-week schedules, and in four formats – online, in-person, hybrid and virtual real-time.

“Summer classes at GRCC are an excellent, affordable way for students to keep the momentum going, especially in a year with so many challenges,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “Universities and colleges throughout the state accept transfer credits from GRCC, a reflection of the quality of our programs and faculty.”

GRCC summer courses allow guest students to gain credits at a lower cost than squeezing in the same class during their regular academic year at their home school. GRCC’s in-district tuition rate is $117 per credit hour.

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Retirement bio of John Simons

John Simons, who is a proud GRJC alum, has been an Engineering Assistant at GRCC for 6 years but wishes that he had started here years before!

John states that he has always felt appreciated by the people he has assisted by “doing a quick fix in a classroom so the class can continue, running the sound mixing console in the fieldhouse for many events, and setting up video and sound systems for many outside events, sometimes even in the snow.”

John’s retirement plans are “to do a lot of work on my 94-year-old house, painting, repairing old plaster, and many more, building hifi vacuum tube amplifiers, building hifi speaker systems, spending more quality time with my guitars, visiting my four granddaughters, and many road trips to visit friends and relatives when it is safe to do so.”

“My job at GRCC has been the best in my long AV career, I think we have the best team and best people here, I feel privileged to be able to work with them and will miss working on the Media Technologies team.”

Congratulations on your retirement John and a huge thank you from all of us for all your hard work and dedication to GRCC!  We wish you all the best in your retirement!

Charge print jobs to a shared account using PaperCut Mobility Print

In January GRCC Information Technology introduced a new application called PaperCut Mobility Print, which replaced Google Cloud print. PaperCut Mobility Print will continue to allow you the ability to print to any GRCC campus printer from your personal device. We are pleased to announce that you can now charge your print jobs to a shared department account.

How does it work?

If you want to print from your personal computer, tablet, or smartphone while on campus, you can set up the PaperCut Mobility Print application on your device.  Just make sure you are connected to GRCC networks such as GRCC Secure or GRCC Wireless when setting up PaperCut Mobility Print. Once the application is installed, locate the documents you want to print, go to a GRCC campus printer, and accept the charges using your shared department or personal printing account.

Please reference the instructions below on how to get your device setup with PaperCut Mobility Print.

Employee Printing from a Personal Device

If you have questions or concerns please call (616) 234-4357 or email