Did you bring your technology equipment home?

With the campus community slowly transitioning back to working onsite, many may need assistance restoring their workspace. If you took your equipment home, and you’re planning to work on campus you are asked to return your assigned equipment back to your office location and we are here to assist with the transition. 

If you would like assistance with setting up your equipment in your office, please schedule a time with our Desktop Support team using this service.

If you’ve been utilizing loaned equipment and plan to work on campus exclusively, please return your loaner equipment to the Library. If you plan to work both on campus and remotely, we prefer your assigned equipment to be brought between locations as there is a limited supply of loaner hardware.

We understand that transitioning back to the office may create obstacles. It is our goal to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. If you are transitioning completely to on campus and no longer require your borrowed equipment, please return it to the Library (monitors, laptops, keyboards, hotspots, etc.)  or Media Services (webcams, microphones, etc.). Please contact the Support Desk at (616)234-4357 with any additional questions or concerns.

GRCC In the News, 06-29-2021

GRCC freezes tuition rates for 2021-22

June 27, 2021; secondwavemedia.com

Grand Rapids Community College is taking steps to hold the line on costs in an effort to keep education accessible and affordable for residents as West Michigan emerges from the pandemic.


June 27, 2021; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Lauren Ferullo will be Grand Rapids Community College’s new athletics director, the first woman to hold that post at the Michigan college. Ferullo has been Davenport University’s assistant athletic director for compliance since 2010, and held a similar role at Lake Erie College in Ohio.

President Joe Biden set to visit Traverse City on Saturday

June 28, 2021; The Detroit News

Washington — President Joe Biden will visit Traverse City on Saturday to “celebrate our country’s progress against the virus,” the White House announced Monday. 

… First lady Jill Biden also traveled to Michigan this month, speaking at a pop-up vaccine clinic at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos campus.

When We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Exploring the Impact of Prerequisite Developmental Education Requirements

June 28, 2021Michigan Center for Student Success

Community college faculty and administrators have imagined for a long time that education can be like a factory system. Students come in with academic deficiencies and colleges “fix” them by way of prerequisite developmental education (DE) courses. Presto! They come out the other side college-ready. What an efficient and productive assembly line we’ve created!

… Similar to Jackson’s experience with DE prerequisites, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) implemented a policy for mandatory placement. This policy was based on available data at the time and was approved by the College’s Academic Governing Council with the best of intentions to support student success. Following the policy’s approval, several courses were revised to add DE prerequisites. This revision process included endorsement by GRCC’s Curriculum Approval Team and an implementation process that required updating registration systems so that students would enroll in the appropriate DE prerequisite courses based on their placement level. 

(This article, published on Linkedin, was co-authored by Sheila Jones, dean of Instructional Support.)

Community leaders shine a spotlight on Minority Mental Health Month, with i understand

June 28, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Join i understand and local leaders to help shine a spotlight on the need for better mental/brain health resources in our minority and underserved communities in West Michigan. By working together, we can create change that will provide a better system of support. Let’s embrace our differences, celebrate our diversity and recognize that mental/brain health illnesses do not discriminate. By building stigma-free communities and connecting individuals to culturally relevant mental wellness services – real change can occur.

(The video accompanying this report features President Pink.)

Tech Tip: What to do if your J: or S: Drives are Missing

Occasionally you may notice that the J: or S: drives are missing when you are on campus and signed into a campus computer. This can typically be remedied by signing out and then back into the computer. 

Campus resources such as the J: or S: Drive can be viewed when you are off campus by utilizing VMware. 

Please view the knowledge base articles below with instructions on both topics.

Network Drive Missing or not Showing

Using VMware for Staff Remote Access

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

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu