GRCC trustee Kathleen Bruinsma ran 5K to support GRCC students and scholarships

GRCC trustee Kathleen Bruinsma raised money to support GRCC students and scholarships by running in a virtual 5K run created through Ram Racing this past Saturday. 

She said she was inspired to run her first 5K by knowing how hard GRCC students, faculty, and staff have worked to adjust to the new reality of the past 14 months.

The photo shows her crossing the Blue Bridge.

“Shot of Love” campaign offers COVID vaccines for GRCC employees and their families

There is still time for GRCC employees and their families to get the COVID vaccine through the college’s partnership with Urban Church Center and Spectrum Health as part of the “Shot of Love” campaign.

If you have not yet been able to obtain the safe and effective COVID vaccine, this is a great opportunity to make your appointment and get vaccinated this week!  

This will be the Pfizer two-dose vaccine, which is approved for those age 16 and older. To reserve your vaccine and make an appointment, please call the number below as soon as possible.

The process to reserve your COVID vaccine appointment is:

  1. Call the remediation line, 616.391.9031  
  2. Tell them you are from GRCC and are calling to make a vaccine appointment. Please provide the following code when calling: GRCCVOL2021.
  3. These vaccines will be available at the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids.

My Story Started at GRCC: City Built Brewing’s Edwin Collazo says GRCC ‘a great place to learn lessons about life’

Edwin Collazo smiling.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful. We’re sharing some of those stories, and want to hear yours!

Edwin Collazo has returned, in a way, to his GRCC roots.

When he was a freshman, he lived in the Belknap Lookout area, and now it’s the location for his City Built Brewing Co.

“I enjoyed GRCC because it was close to home,” he said. “It allowed me an opportunity to start my college journey in an environment that was nurturing. It was a great place to learn lessons about life and how to pick yourself up if you fall.”

Collazo, who attended GRCC from 1992 to 1995, has added — and shared — his knowledge and experiences through many careers. 

He received a bachelor’s degree in education and child development from Cornerstone University and taught for five years in alternative education before returning to Michigan to teach in the Deerfield Correctional Center in Ionia. He then worked as a manufacturers rep for James Hardie Building Products before moving to a career in financial services.

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Math Awareness Month contest results

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock cap and game.

The contest:

  • LeBron and Adele play Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock tentimes.
  • There are no ties in the games.
  • The order of the games is unknown.
  • LeBron uses paper once, scissors six times, lizard once, Spock once, and rock once.
  • Adele uses Spock four times, scissors four times, and paper twice.

Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and rock crushes scissors.

The solution:

LeBron won 4 games.

Adele won 6 games.

LeBron: scissors vs. Adele: Spock  (winner: Adele)          Spock smashes scissors

LeBron: scissors vs. Adele: Spock  (winner: Adele)          Spock smashes scissors

LeBron: scissors vs. Adele: Spock  (winner: Adele)          Spock smashes scissors

LeBron: scissors vs. Adele: Spock  (winner: Adele)          Spock smashes scissors

LeBron: scissors vs. Adele: paper   (winner: LeBron)        scissors cuts paper

LeBron: scissors vs. Adele: paper   (winner: LeBron)        scissors cuts paper

LeBron: paper vs. Adele: scissors   (winner Adele)            scissors cuts paper

LeBron: rock   vs. Adele: scissors   (winner: LeBron)        rock crushes scissors

LeBron: lizard vs. Adele: scissors   (winner Adele)            scissors decapitates lizard

LeBron: Spock vs. Adele: scissors  (winner LeBron)         Spock smashes scissors        

Contest Winners:

All correct entries were numbered and a random number generator was used to pick two student winners and two staff winners.

Congratulations to the student winners, William Bosch and Grace Veeneman!

Congratulations to the staff winners, Debra Davis and Douglas Heintzleman!

Each winner will receive a Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock cap and game.

Google Sheets Beginners & Intermediate

Do you use Excel for Spreadsheets? Google Sheets is a great alternative to Excel, with the added benefit of easier team collaboration. Interested in learning more about Sheets?

The Beginners Google Sheets class covers creating sheets, building content, some basic functions, charts/graphs and more! Google Sheets Intermediate will provide overview of conditional formatting, query functions, pivot tables, linking data, and much more!

Try one, or try them both!

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

Upcoming Spring learning opportunities

Thursday, April 22 ~ Google Sheets (Beginners)

Friday, April 23 ~ Google Sheets (Intermediate)

Monday, April 26 ~ Recruit Your Barista

Tuesday, April 27 ~ Food as Medicine

Wednesday, April 28 ~ Aging Gracefully

Thursday, May 6 ~ Recycling U

Friday, May 7 ~ GRCC Accounts Explained

Tuesday, May 11 ~ Active Shooter Response Training

Thursday, May 13 ~ Google Tips & Tricks

Thursday, May 20 ~ Just Breathe and 25Live Pro Training

Changes to local phone calls

As part of the implementation of the 988 number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, changes are being made in the 616 area code for making local calls.

Beginning October 24, 2021 all local calls must be made using the full 10-digit number.  For example, if you live in Grand Rapids and wanted to call GRCC you would dial 616-234-4000 instead of 234-4000.

Beginning on April 24, 2021 anyone who makes a local call using 7 digits may be presented with a notification of the change before the call is completed.

Since it is difficult to distinguish local numbers from long distance numbers in the 616 area code, it is common for someone to dial an 11 digit number (1-616-234-4000) because the call will go through.  GRCC will continue to support this type of dialing and we will convert long distance calls to local ones where appropriate.

The final phase of the change will take place on July 16, 2022 when the 988 number will become active.  Until that date, continue to use 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  After that date, either number will work.

Reninder: 2021 Excellence in Education Awards

We are all fortunate to be a part of a community of educators who go above and beyond and make GRCC shine both inside and out. There are special individuals who make learning at GRCC meaningful and impactful for our students and working at GRCC an honor and inspiration for fellow employees.

To recognize them, please take the time to nominate them for the annual GRCC Excellence in Education Award.

There is a cash award of $1,000 for full-time faculty who have taught at GRCC for at least 5 years, and for adjunct faculty who have taught at least 2 years, with a $750 cash award. Staff members also receive a cash award of $1,000.

Anyone can nominate! Deadline for nominations is May 14, 2021.

Start HERE and select either Full Time Faculty, Adjunct, or Staff.  

The application has gone online! This makes the entire process faster and easier.


Faculty & Adjunct: Email the Provost Office at 
Staff: Email Angela Salinas at 

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.

Student employee network access

Do you have student employee’s that report to you? If so, keep reading…

In an effort to better manage and secure our staff Campus Network rights, IT is now provisioning staff email and related network rights for student employees on a semester basis. 

To request staff email and additional network rights (S drive folder access, email groups, etc.) we ask that you submit one Network Access form each semester per student employee. Don’t worry, if you know the student employee’s end date and it is beyond one semester, you can indicate it on the request form and we’ll set the end of access date to what you specify. If no end date is specified, the student employee will lose access at the end of the current semester.

As a reminder, if you have a student employee leave their position, please inform IT at your earliest convenience so we can terminate their staff access.

If you have any questions, please contact IT at 234-4357.