The GRCC family extends condolences to Mary Lucas and family

GRCC extends condolences to Mary Lucas, of Language & Thought, and her family upon the death of her mother, Kristin E. Lucas, on Monday, July 12.

Mary’s mother passed away peacefully at the Hospice House of Adrian. She is grateful for the time she has spent with her mom during these last few months.

The visitation for Kristin is on Sunday 1 – 5 pm and the funeral is on Monday at 11 am. Both are at the Van Horn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Highlighting staff who help our students

Kaelee Steffens, an academic adviser, smiling.

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 Kaelee Steffens. Kaelee is an academic adviser and a first-generation college student. She always knew going to college or learning a professional trade was incredibly important.

She chose GRCC because it was affordable, and a family member was already attending. That family member and her GRCC adviser showed her the steps to get started, and how to begin planning for her transfer to Grand Valley State University after graduation.

Back at GRCC, Kaelee helps today’s students make plans to transfer or pursue a career after graduating.

During her time at GRCC Kaelee worked as a student employee and graduated with an associate degree.

At GVSU she worked as a student employee and then as an intern in various departments.

Through that on-the-job career exploration, she realized that her passion was working with adults — specifically adults at GRCC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and then Master of Education in Higher Education, College Student Affairs Leadership from GVSU.

Since then, Kaelee has worked in admissions and enrollment, TRIO, academic departments, and academic advising between two- and four-year schools.

Through her work in higher education Kaelee has seen first-hand that a certificate or degree can change someone’s life in so many ways. It starts with an academic plan. It’s her goal that the students who enter her office leave knowing their next steps, and that they can always follow up if the plan changes.

“There is just something so special about working with the many different types of students that attend GRCC,” she said. “My first appointment for the day could be a mother with three kids and a full-time job, who decided now is her time. And my last appointment of the day might be a student who just graduated high school who is still exploring all of the degree options and training programs that GRCC has to offer. Every day is new and full of learning!”

You can connect with Kaelee and other members of the Academic Advising and Transfer team by emailing, calling (616) 234-3900, and texting (616) 404-0044.

Tech Tip: Virtual visits

Have you ever needed remote assistance while working from home or have a new employee who needs a brief orientation to their accounts? GRCC IT offers virtual visits through Zoom! Support Desk Technicians are happy to assist with a variety of issues and also offer account orientations! Click here if you would like to schedule a virtual Zoom appointment.

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

GRCC In the News, 7/15/2021

GRCC’s new Lakeshore Campus moves into former department store

July 14, 2021; WOOD TV

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The site of a former JCPenney in Holland Township is set to be the home of Grand Rapids Community College’s new Lakeshore Campus.

Community foundation grants aid new Hand2Hand headquarters, GRCC lakeshore campus

July 14, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND — The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area has announced the recipients of $100,000 in competitive grants, the first of two rounds of competitive grant funding given out by the foundation this year. 

… Grand Rapids Community College was awarded $20,000 for its lakeshore campus project. The money will be put toward the capital costs of building the new campus in the former J.C. Penney department store, 12335 James St., Holland. 

Nearing completion: Grand Rapids CC Lakeshore Campus on track for fall semester classes

July 15, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — Construction is nearing completion on Grand Rapids Community College’s consolidated Lakeshore Campus in Holland Township. 

Work has continued on the $12 million renovation project at the former J.C. Penney building at 12335 James St. in the Shops at Westshore. The college is expected to begin occupying the building in early August and start classes this fall.