GRCC students earn national, state honors for academics, leadership and community service

Students throwing their caps in the air at  commencement.

Grand Rapids Community College students Nicholas Cetlinski and Melanie LeQuia have been selected for national scholarships by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and were two of four students named to the All-Michigan Academic Team by the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

“We are incredibly proud of these students, and we’re pleased that the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa recognized their hard work and leadership,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “Their goals and experiences are very different, but they all realized that GRCC is an affordable, accessible college that challenges high-achievers.”

Cetlinski received $1,500 as a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar. Almost $200,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars. Recipients are selected for their academic achievement, leadership and community service.

Cetlinski, who worked in construction and metal fabrication for 15 years before enrolling at GRCC, received his Associate of Arts this spring and plans to attend Grand Valley State University this fall. After he earns his bachelor’s degree, he plans to apply to medical school in pursuit of a career as a neurosurgeon. In addition to his classwork, Cetlinski also works as director of donor relations for the Alano Club of Kent County, an alcoholism treatment program. He has also been working on a memoir about family dynamics, psychology and addiction that he hopes to publish this year.

LeQuia received a $1,250 scholarship as a 2021 New Century Workforce Scholar. More than 2,000 students were nominated by 1,200 colleges nationwide; only one student from each state received the honor.

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Highlighting staff who help our students

Jose Mora, GRCC's new student orientation coordinator.

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 Jose Mora. Jose began at GRCC as a first-generation college student, where his experience was enriched by the help he received throughout his time here.

Now, as GRCC’s new student orientation coordinator, he welcomes hundreds of new students every year — easing their stress, and helping them feel less overwhelmed.

Jose has worked in several departments at GRCC over his 15-year career. He began as a student employee in the Enrollment Center while working towards his Associate of Arts, which he earned in 2006. He then stepped into an enrollment center specialist position.

After a short break from being a student himself, Jose decided to transfer his credits to GVSU to work towards a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then took a position in software administration support at GRCC.

Jose earned his Bachelor of Psychology degree in 2010, and transitioned to a position supporting the GRCC Instructional Support department before returning to the enrollment center to run New Student Orientation.

There, he focuses on his passion for helping students navigate their first steps into college. A smooth transition from high school to college life had a big impact on Jose, and now he is ready with a team of student ambassadors to take the uncertainty out of starting college for today’s new GRCC students.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, contact the Orientation Office by phone at (616) 234-3446. There is additional information on the website at The team is temporarily located on the third floor of the Student Center while its offices in Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall are being renovated.

Tech Tip: IT Support Portal Guides Reminder

Did you know IT has a self-service Support Portal where you can easily and quickly report issues, submit service requests, schedule virtual visits, and search for knowledge articles? Two major components of the Support Portal are the Service Catalog and the Knowledge Base.

The Service Catalog provides easy access to a large variety of services that the IT department offers. Placing a service request through the portal is helpful in that it guides you through questions we will need to fulfill the request, saving you time!

The Knowledge Base includes answers to common questions that we receive in the IT department as well as how-tos on common processes and procedures specific to GRCC technology.

Please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or click on the links below for helpful guides.

How to Search the IT Knowledge Base

How to Search the IT Service Catalog

How to Submit a Ticket from the Portal

View Your Submitted Tickets from the Portal

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

GRCC In the News, 07/01/2021

Spotlight on Youth: Dabria Douglas

June 25, 2021; Grand Rapids Times

Dabria Douglas is a recent graduate of Ottawa High School in Grand Rapids. In this interview with the Grand Rapids Times, she talks about her change in attitude about school, deciding what to do for an occupation in the future and more.

… Douglas:I am working at Amazon right now and I plan to take a year and a half break and then I plan to enroll at Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary arts program. I was cooking at the Boys and Girls Club when I was going to high school and I would cook and make little deserts for the little kids when it was time for them to eat and a lot of them would tell me that they loved my food and that was very encouraging to me. A lot of people see my passion for cooking and they appreciate my skills in the kitchen.

Ionia native, GRCC golfer named to NJCAA All-Region team

June 29, 2021; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College golfer Tyler Hausserman was named to the NJCAA DII PING All-Region Team for the second year in a row.

GRCC chooses new trustee to fill vacancy

June 30, 2021; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College trustees selected Salvador Lopez to be on its board.

From darkness to light: Kyle Hinton encourages men to “do the footwork”

June 30, 2021; The Rapidian

Guiding Light’s newest board member has only had the chance to briefly walk through the doors of 255 Division Ave. SE because of COVID-19. But Kyle Hinton has walked in the shoes of the men who seek recovery and reconnection through the programs offered by the Heartside nonprofit – and he knows the importance of shining a light.

… Kyle needed a tutor for “just about every class but reading” at Grand Rapids Community College, but found himself getting into healthier routines, attending support groups, reading a lot and running. He remembers being late one night and running to a sobriety meeting playing old self-defeating tapes in his head about being unable to do anything right.

Meijer Brain Health Minute: Doug Meijer, GRCC’s Dr. Pink, and more stand together for Minority Mental Health Month

June 30, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-Doug Meijer and Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College, are joining forces for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to voice the need for better mental/brain health resources in our minority and underserved communities. 

Reminder: Blackboard planned maintenance on 07/04/21

Information Technology will be conducting planned database maintenance for Blackboard on Sunday, July 4. This maintenance will run from 12:30 AM-4:30 AM EST. 

During this time Blackboard will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance. 

The IT Support Desk and campus will be closed on Saturday, July 3 through Monday, July 5. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 6. 

For questions or concerns please contact the IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357 or email

G2 Parking area closed!

In anticipation of the classroom table replacement install scheduled for later this summer, Facilities is going to begin removing the tables from classrooms that currently aren’t being used.

The G2 parking level is going to be used for staging the tables for sale/donation pick up.  Employees who regularly park in G2 are asked to park in the students lots in either the Lyon or Bostwick ramp.  

Gates are up. Thank you for your cooperation!