Honors Program recruitment

The Honors Program had a record turnout at the GRCC Spring Open House (over 100 attendees) and as a result we’ve experienced an increase in both current and prospective students expressing interest in joining the program for Fall 2021.  We’re hoping faculty can help keep our momentum going by reaching out to students in their classes.  

Please consider sharing this short video with your students.

My Story Started at GRCC: From nontraditional student to Wyoming superintendent, Craig Hoekstra says caring GRCC culture gave him a boost

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. 

Two things have played a big role in Craig Hoekstra’s life: Wyoming Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College.

Craig Hoekstra
Craig Hoekstra

So it seemed very fitting that on his first day as the Wyoming district’s superintendent, he wore a GRCC alumni shirt.

“I thought this would be the perfect shirt to wear for many reasons, as the college was a big part of my journey,” he said in July 2018.

Hoekstra will share his experiences as GRCC’s commencement keynote speaker on Friday and Saturday. 

He was a student in the district he now leads, graduating from Wyoming Park High School in 1990. While he generally enjoyed school, he admits he didn’t really work to his full potential. Eventually, he decided to quit his job as a linen delivery driver and enroll at GRCC. He worked for Wyoming Public Schools as a night custodian while attending classes. 

“As a nontraditional student with some life experiences under my belt, I went back to school with a purpose and the goal of becoming an educator,” he said.  “Like every road traveled, it certainly isn’t always smooth going. There were long days and long nights.”

After receiving an associate degree in 1998, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s in education leadership, both from Grand Valley State University. 

After time as a teacher, he became Wyoming’s assistant superintendent for instructional services in 2015 and was named superintendent in 2018.

He often shares his unique career path to illustrate what can happen with perseverance.

“One of the many beautiful things about GRCC is that you are surrounded by kind, caring and supportive folks who positively push you to work hard and persevere through the challenges to achieve what you set out to accomplish when you enrolled,” he said.

GRCC will celebrate this year’s graduates at four indoor, in-person ceremonies, spreading them out over two days and limiting the number of guests at each event to adhere to pandemic safety protocols. The School of Arts and Sciences ceremonies are planned for 4 and 7 p.m. April 30, with the School of Workforce Development ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 1. All the ceremonies will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Is your training summary up to date?

Take a moment to review your Training Summary and ensure it is up to date and accurate.

To access your Training Summary:

  • Log in to your Online Center.
  • Choose Employee Self Service, then select Professional Development Tile.
  • Select Training Summary from the Left Navigation menu.
  • Select the appropriate Fiscal Year.

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 after the conference occurs. Please do not self-report conferences for which you have submitted an LOA form.
HR & CTE Training: Trainings completed through HR or CTE will automatically be added to your training summary. Please reach out to angelasalinas@grcc.edu with any questions or concerns.

Bookstore adds hours for rental returns

Did you rent a book from the GRCC Bookstore?

We will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 26th through May 1st.  Rented books need to be returned by Friday, April 30th to the bookstore on the first floor of the Student Center. The bookstore will also pay cash for some books (excludes access codes and loose-leaf materials).  Please let your students know so that they can avoid any nonreturn fees and help provide materials to future students.