Psi Beta Food Drive virtual donation options

Psi Beta’s Food Drive benefiting GRCC’s Student Food Pantry begins Thursday, March 18 and ends on April 8. 

You can find a list of items the pantry is in need of at the bottom of GRCC’s Student Food Pantry website.

If you would like to donate, you can do so by dropping items off in the bin between The Raider Grille and The Quiet Cafe on the 2nd floor of the Student Center above the bookstore.

OR

You can donate items virtually by mailing them or purchasing items off of Amazon to be sent directly to GRCC’s Food Pantry located at: 

GRCC Student Life and Conduct
122 Lyon St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

HETA Programming March 10-17, 2021

3/10/2021         Ferris Out Loud 03-08-21

3/11/2021         Ferris Sports Update 03-10-21

3/17/2021         GRCC Board of Trustees Meeting March 2021

3/17/2021         It’s Academic 03/15/21

3/17/2021         Ferris Out Loud 03/15/21

3/17/2021         WMSBF Forum_ Modern Day Sustainable Solar Development

3/17/2021         WMSBF Solutions for Regenerative Capitalism with John Elkington

Want more? Check out videos from your local Colleges and Universities.

Reminder of Perceptive Content (ImageNow) upgrade Thursday, March 18

 This is a reminder that Information Technology will be upgrading Perceptive Content (ImageNow) Thursday, March 18.
 
The upgrade will take place from 6 PM until midnight.  During this time Perceptive Content will be unavailable. This includes the submission and viewing of Leave of Absence Forms.  Email notifications for timesheet submissions may be delayed.
 
Perceptive Content Desktop Client Users
 
On campus
 
If your computer will be left on campus during this upgrade, please leave your computer on after leaving for the day on Thursday, March 18, so that the new client version can be installed.  
 
If your computer is shut down or goes to sleep overnight the client should start installing automatically when you log in the next day.  You can check its progress by going to the Windows Start Menu and searching for Software Center.  You should see Hyland Perceptive Content Desktop Client 7.5.0.261 listed under Installing Status.  If the installation has not started, click the Hyland Perceptive Content Desktop Client icon and then click Install. It should take about 15 minutes to install and will require a computer restart.
 
The Perceptive Content Desktop Client will need to be updated or you will not be able to log in.
 
After the client is updated your local preferences will be reset to the default values. If you had a list of frequently used queues that always showed up after logging into the client, you can add those back in by going to Settings and then Options. From here you can go to the Toolbar option on the left, click the Message Center tab, and then select which queues you want to see under the Workflow Queue Status.
 
If you send email from the Perceptive Content Desktop Client, it will need to be set up again.
 
Off Campus
 
If you are working remotely during this upgrade the Perceptive Content Desktop Client will not be updated on your GRCC issued device. Please use the VMware Staff Remote pool for access which will include the updated client.  
 
When you return to campus the client will begin updating automatically or can be installed through the Software Center.
 
eDocs (WebNow) Users
 
Perceptive Content (eDocs) access through a web browser will continue to look and function the same with minor updates to the user interface.
 
 
Please contact the IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357 or itsupport@grcc.edu if your client is not installing properly. 

New financial literacy learning opportunity in April with LMCU partners

Our partners at Lake Michigan Credit Union are excited to lead the Professional Development session Financial Bootcamp for GRCC employees.

Financial Aid Bootcamp over a picture of boot treadmarks.

Financial Bootcamp — Let’s Get Fit!

Do you feel financially fit?  Lake Michigan Credit Union is excited to share our new and free financial education program, Wallet Wisdom with GRCC Employees!  You will enjoy exclusive access to our entire financial library of topics including budgets, identity protection, credit scores, retirement and more!

We also will be hosting a series of Financial Bootcamps … and we have one coming up!  Join us Tuesday, April 13th at 1:00PM via Zoom, as we learn about budgets. We look forward to seeing you then!

 Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

Are you interested in learning what other exclusive benefits you can enjoy as a GRCC employee?  Check out our MaxAdvantage page and learn why nearly a half a million members already trust Lake Michigan Credit Union for their financial needs!

Lake Michigan Credit Union logo.

Center for Teaching Excellence updates

*Classroom Technology Updates* – Thursday, March 25 from 4-5pm (registration instructions)

This session will provide an overview of the new teaching technology that has been installed in over one hundred classrooms on campus. It will also include a demonstration of ways that this technology can be applied to use a hyflex model, providing the instructor with the option of having students attend/participate in the classroom or remotely. 

Participants of this session can attend in-person or virtually via Zoom. The in-person option will allow for a hands-on opportunity to interact with the teaching station. However, space will be limited to 17 participants in the classroom.  Once registered, we will confirm your preference for in-person or remote participation.

For those that are not able to attend, visit the CTE Youtube page for a brief video demonstrating the new classroom technology. This session will also be repeated at Summer Institute in August.

Faculty Showcase – Thursday, April 15 from 1-2pm (registration instructions)

Please join us virtually as we feature innovative teaching, learning, and sabbatical work. Faculty include Wilfredo Barajas, John Dersch, Sam Gould, Bill Faber, Drew Rozema, Rachel Lutwick-Deaner, and Meghan VanderMale. 

Outstanding Substantive Project Award – Seeking Nominations 

There are many amazing projects that faculty have been working on. Please nominate yours or a colleague’s here! 

The Outstanding Substantive Project Award Nomination Form

Deadline is April 2.

Summer Teaching Institute – August 4-6

Plans are underway Please provide input or suggestions by May 7.

Learn to be a mindful caregiver

When children lack social and emotional skills, they act in ways that are challenging for parents, teachers, and caregivers.  

Mindfulness practices can meet a need for adults and children alike to find physical and mental calm in demanding times and places.  

Children can learn mindfulness-based techniques and develop strong and stable attention skills, the building blocks of mindfulness.

 In the March 26 learning opportunity, participants will learn: 

– the benefits of mindfulness.
– experience and practice mindful skills.
– be able to identify children’s books that assist with focus and self-control.
– learn activities and concepts that help you understand mindfulness practices. 

Register ONLINE

Highlighting staff who help our students

Francisco Ramirez

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Francisco Ramirez. He can help you at the very start of your journey.

As an admissions and enrollment coordinator, Francisco uses his extensive knowledge about GRCC to share how the college can best help you reach their education and career goals.

Francisco is a GRCC grad who started at the college as an enrollment specialist in 2009. He later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Grand Valley State University.

He connects with community members across West Michigan who want to learn more about how GRCC can help them attain a life-changing education, with credits for degrees or to transfer to a four-year college or university, or in-demand career skills.

Francisco is active in the community, serving on the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance board of directors. LEDA works to ensure equal access and opportunity in the Lakeshore community for people of all ethnic backgrounds.

If you would like to meet Francisco, or one of his coworkers, register for an admissions specialist appointment through the GRCC Enrollment Center.

You can connect by phone at (616) 234-3300, or by email at enroll@grcc.edu. There is a lot of good information on the website at grcc.edu/enroll.

GRCC freezing tuition for 2021-2022, part of an effort to make education more affordable, accessible as West Michigan emerges from pandemic

Student wearing a mask writing in a notebook.

Grand Rapids Community College is freezing tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year, part of an effort to make higher education affordable and accessible as West Michigan emerges from the pandemic.

President Bill Pink said the tuition freeze, approved unanimously today by the board of trustees, reflects the focus on keeping a college education within reach at a time when many people in the community are experiencing financial challenges.

“Our world has changed in ways we could not have imagined a year ago,” he said. “New skills are going to be needed as our employers respond and get up to speed. A GRCC degree or certificate helps our residents get the education they need to re-engage. We have always been the most affordable option for students. Our goal is to help as many people as possible.”

The freeze comes at a time when students have several options to attend with tuition covered by state and local programs. Michigan Reconnect is available for residents ages 25 and older who have not yet earned a degree. Futures for Frontliners supports students who worked in essential jobs during the spring pandemic shutdown, and Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarships are for students graduating from a Grand Rapids high school.

Read more

Technology notification – Perceptive Content (ImageNow) upgrade

Information Technology will be upgrading Perceptive Content (ImageNow) Thursday, March 18.
 
The upgrade will take place from 6 PM until midnight.  During this time Perceptive Content will be unavailable. This includes the submission and viewing of Leave of Absence Forms.  Email notifications for timesheet submissions may be delayed.
 
Perceptive Content Desktop Client Users
 
On campus
 
If your computer will be left on campus during this upgrade, please leave your computer on after leaving for the day on Thursday, March 18, so that the new client version can be installed.  
 
If your computer is shut down or goes to sleep overnight the client should start installing automatically when you log in the next day.  You can check its progress by going to the Windows Start Menu and searching for Software Center.  You should see Hyland Perceptive Content Desktop Client 7.5.0.261 listed under Installing Status.  If the installation has not started, click the Hyland Perceptive Content Desktop Client icon and then click Install. It should take about 15 minutes to install and will require a computer restart.
 
The Perceptive Content Desktop Client will need to be updated or you will not be able to log in.
 
After the client is updated your local preferences will be reset to the default values. If you had a list of frequently used queues that always showed up after logging into the client, you can add those back in by going to Settings and then Options. From here you can go to the Toolbar option on the left, click the Message Center tab, and then select which queues you want to see under the Workflow Queue Status.
 
If you send email from the Perceptive Content Desktop Client, it will need to be set up again.
 
Off Campus
 
If you are working remotely during this upgrade the Perceptive Content Desktop Client will not be updated on your GRCC issued device. Please use the VMware Staff Remote pool for access which will include the updated client.  
 
When you return to campus the client will begin updating automatically or can be installed through the Software Center.
 
eDocs (WebNow) Users
 
Perceptive Content (eDocs) access through a web browser will continue to look and function the same with minor updates to the user interface.
 
 
Please contact the IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357 or itsupport@grcc.edu if your client is not installing properly. 

Google Workspace is ending support for Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft has announced that they will no longer be supporting applications running on Internet Explorer 11 (IE11). As a result, Google Workspace will no longer be supporting IE11 beginning March 15, 2021. Continued use of Google Workspaces on IE11 after this date is not recommended due to the increased risk of security vulnerabilities and performance decreases. GRCC IT recommends switching to a supported browser when using Google Workspaces if you are not already using one. All browsers identified below are available for download in GRCC’s Software Center (compatibility may depend on your machine’s operating system).

Supported browsers include, but are not limited to:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge (this is Microsoft’s replacement to IE11)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari

For additional information please refer to Google’s support article. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the IT Support Desk at 616.234.4357

More than 800 students already approved to attend GRCC tuition-free through Michigan Reconnect program

Picture of student in masking typing on their computer.

More than 800 people have already been approved to attend Grand Rapids Community College through the Michigan Reconnect program, a tuition-free pathway to a life-changing college degree or certificate.

GRCC President Bill Pink joined state and West Michigan legislative, education and economic development leaders participating in a virtual event today to share how residents ages 25 and older without a degree can take advantage of the program.

“With 47,000 applications statewide – including 8,000 in West Michigan – we’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive response in the six weeks since Reconnect opened,” said Susan Corbin, acting director for the state Department of Labor and Opportunity. “But we can’t stop there. We all need to do our part by encouraging any adult without a degree to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Pink said the state scholarship is ideal for people who needed to put their education on hold, especially during the pandemic, or who were unable to start. An associate degree or career-focused certificate can help students move ahead in their work or gain new jobs.

The scholarship removes financial obstacles, and the college is committed to helping students clear other hurdles.

Read more

Free public Wi-Fi now available at 10 Grand Rapids parks

Please pass this information on to your students.

Ten Grand Rapids parks now have free public Wi-Fi access thanks to a pilot program supported by CARES Act funding.

The Network in a Box (NIB) program aims to bridge the digital divide in Grand Rapids that widened during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing year-round outdoor internet access.

City of Grand Rapids logo.

For more information, CLICK HERE.