Tech Tips: Password expiration reminder

Did you know the MyGRCC password expires every 120 days? If you are experiencing issues signing into any of the GRCC systems such as (but not limited to) VMWare, PeopleSoft, Campus WiFi or staff email, your password may be expired. It is best to make a habit of resetting your password every semester. Your MyGRCC password must be at least 10 characters long, have a capital letter, and include at least one number. To reset your password follow the steps found here.

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Summer 2021 employee exercise class schedule is here!


Raider Strong with Lannie

12-12:45 p.m.

virtual via Zoom


Fitness Fusion with Beth

12-12:45 p.m.

virtual via Zoom


Raider Strong with Lannie

12-12:45 p.m.

In Person/Outdoors

Meet at the entrance to the Ford Fieldhouse


Rise & Shine with Danielle

6:45-7:30 a.m.

virtual via Zoom

As we did with Winter semester, please complete this registration form and you will be sent the Zoom links in a calendar appointment.

Please note for the in person/outdoor class (Raider Strong on Wednesdays 12 -12:45 p.m.) masks are required in the Fieldhouse and locker rooms; however, they are not necessary outside as long as social distance is maintained.

Hope you can join us!

Please contact with any questions or for more information.

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 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.

CTE May newsletter available

The CTE May Newsletter is available here!

Thank you to the 55 different faculty and staff members who have contributed their time and expertise to the CTE this year!  

Highlights in the May Newsletter

Ben Benefiel joins Communications Department

A big Raider welcome to Ben Benefiel, who joined the Communications Department earlier this year.

Ben Benefiel
Ben Benefiel

Ben is a graphic designer who worked for nearly two decades for a well-respected brand development and marketing firm.

Much of Ben’s work has been focused on building brands that connect with people and deliver compelling messages.

Ben is a lifelong resident of West Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Grand Valley State University. 

Men’s basketball coach Jeff Bauer stepping down after leading Raiders for two seasons

Jeff Bauer is stepping down after two seasons leading the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team to spend more time with his young children.

Bauer said the decision to leave GRCC was difficult. He has three children below the age of five, the youngest born in September.

The Raiders were 21-24 during his tenure, making the NJCAA Region XII tournament each year.

Jeff Bauer
Jeff Bauer

“I will always be grateful for the opportunity and the support given to us both of these seasons,” Bauer said. “However, after our third child was born last fall, our family decided that it would be too difficult to continue to juggle all of my jobs and still attempt to be the father that our three young sons need.”

Bauer is in his third year of teaching biology and chemistry at West Ottawa High School.  He resides in Allendale.

“I will always value the relationships with the great people at GRCC from the administration down to the student-athletes,” he said. “I would like to thank my staff as they worked very hard to make this the best experience possible for our student-athletes.”

The 2021 season was delayed and shortened due to the pandemic. The team played tough, losing a string of games in the final seconds.

“I certainly didn’t want to end my tenure here after the challenging season that we had during this COVID-stricken time. We spent the final half of our season with only three of our projected top 10 student-athletes while trying to navigate one of the most challenging schedules that the program has ever participated in,” Bauer said. “To our team’s credit, it battled every night as we were in every game. This is a very proud program and I have been blessed to be a part of it. I know our administration will choose the best fit to take the Raiders into the future!”  

Bauer in 2006 began his 10-year career at Grand Valley State University coaching alongside Head Coach Ric Wesley. His success there included winning 72 percent of his team’s games and participating in five NCAA tournaments, including two “elite eight’ appearances. 

His best GVSU season was 2007-2008 when the Lakers went 36-1, eventually losing in the “elite eight” while being ranked No. 1 in the nation. 

“Jeff worked hard and led the basketball team through a season with many challenges, GRCC Interim Athletic Director David Selmon said. “We appreciate all he has done for GRCC and the Athletic Program, and I wish him and his young family well.”

COVID-19 vaccination appointments available

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for all residents 16 and older. There are now numerous locations throughout Kent County to make it easy for you to get a vaccine. You can learn about community clinics, and sign up, online. The largest clinic is at DeVos Place; you can sign up for an appointment there online.

The Kent County Health Department has teamed up with local organizations to provide rides to and from vaccination clinics for seniors, people with disabilities, or those who don’t have access to transportation. You can also sign up for this service online.

2021 Walking & Wellness Challenge is coming soon!

Thank you to past participants of the Walking & Wellness Challenge for providing feedback via a recent survey.

GRCC Walking & Wellness Challenge

This summer’s challenge will begin May 10 and end August 27 — essentially all summer long! 16 weeks of fun this year!

This year, we’ll feature weekly themes again, weekly downtown locations to visit, greater Grand Rapids & West Michigan locations to explore, and more!

Given that some GRCC family members are working on campus while others are working from home, it will be an individual challenge again this year. However, if you’re up to it and can do it safely, by all means, enjoy a stroll outdoors with your work buddies!

The Google Community (now Currents) page will get back up and running again as well. Participants love to share photos of our summer adventures, walking trail recommendations, encouragement and more!

Please register to participate via this Google registration form

For questions or more information, please email

Tech Tips: Google Team Drive Security

Do you have an employee leaving, transferring, or joining your department and you would like to update their access to the department Shared folder in Google Drive? IT has empowered managers of Google Team Drives to update access for their employees.  You can add/remove users from your team drive by following these steps

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

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Van & Marinus Travel award for 2021

The coronavirus has transformed life as we know it, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun!

The GRCC Foundation is happy to once again offer the Van & Marinus Travel award for 2021 – with a twist.  Employees may submit essays telling us how they intend to travel or relax, and still have fun during the pandemic this summer!

Please view the attached file for rules and deadlines.

GRCC adjusting commencement plans to provide safe, in-person experience

President Pink.

Grand Rapids Community College is changing its commencement plans to provide students with a safe, in-person experience while responding to the recent increases in COVID-19 cases.

The college is proceeding with plans to hold four in-person commencements, but attendance will be limited to graduating students with no graduate-invited guests attending the ceremonies. Family members will be able to watch the events virtually on GRCC’s YouTube channel.

School of Arts and Sciences ceremonies are planned for 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30. School of Workforce Development ceremonies are planned for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.

“We’re making these changes out of an abundance of caution, along with other careful planning for an in-person commencement celebration experience for our students,” said Associate Provost Tina Hoxie, dean of Student Affairs. “Commencement is a special moment in the lives of our students. Streaming the events live will allow students to share this milestone with friends, family and other supporters since it is not possible for them to attend in person.”

Spreading out commencement over four ceremonies and two days will allow graduates to attend the event in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse while socially distancing and following strict health and safety protocols.

GRCC continues to work with state and local authorities and monitor local conditions. GRCC might need to make additional adjustments to the commencement plan to ensure safety.

Additional details will be posted at