My Story Started at GRCC: A geography course and a professor’s mentoring led to Cadey Korson working around the world

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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.

Many alumni credit GRCC for setting them on their career paths, but what if you don’t know what you want to do?

Cadey Korson discovered GRCC was the perfect place to figure that out.

She had no idea what she wanted to do with her life when she started college. She dug into general education courses. And — as has happened to many other GRCC students — one class began to really interest her: GE 210 Cultural Geography.

“One day, after class, the professor stopped me and asked what my plans were,” Korson said. “After telling him I was considering international relations — and that my parents said I could study anything I wanted as long as I got a Ph.D. — he asked if I had considered geography. ‘You can do the same things as you could with a degree in IR, but you’ll get paid to do it.’

“I was sold!”

After earning her associate degree in 2009, Korson completed a bachelor’s degree in geography, international relations and French at Aquinas College. She then earned a master’s degree in geography at the University of Missouri and a doctorate at Kent State University.

“After that, I headed overseas for a two-year postdoctoral research position in human geography at the University of Oulu in northern Finland,” Korson said. “Travel is one of the things that drew me to geography, so it’s no surprise that I have spent my time working and traveling around the world.”

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Tech Tip: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

GRCC Information Technology is pleased to offer a new security measure to protect your GRCC Google Account! Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) adds an additional layer of security in verifying your identity. It also helps to prevent attackers from logging into your account in the unfortunate event that an attacker obtains your password.

There are few ways to verify your identity while logging into your GRCC email account such as receiving a verification code via SMS to your established phone number or selecting Yes on your phone when prompted by Google.

Once you have successfully logged in using 2FA on a trusted computer/device that you designate, you should not be prompted with 2FA again. However, if you login via VMware, you will be prompted to verify your identity each new VMware session.

Turn on 2-Step Verification

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 

Knowledge Loss Prevention resource

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Information is one of any organization’s most important resources. In the effort to support the retention and transition of knowledge, skills, and tasks among various roles within the GRCC employee family, Human Resources has developed a Knowledge Loss Prevention form.

Supervisors are encouraged to use this form when an employee is planning a leave of absence, separating from the college, or retiring. Documenting the information is part of succession planning and helps the College maintain its high level of service – both internally and externally.

You will find this form on the HR website 

For questions or assistance, please email

Olivarez Student Plaza temporarily closing during renovations

Fencing with directional arrows for Plaza detour.

All through access on Dr. Juan Olivarez Student Plaza will be closed for safety reasons from July 19 to Aug 2 while crews complete construction and renovations on the canopy and overhead walkway.

The pedestrian detours to access the Student Center, Cook Hall, Ford Fieldhouse and Calkins Science Center from the Bostwick parking ramp are:

  • Taking the elevator or stairs to Bostwick Ramp parking level 2.  Following the arrows to the north end of the ramp to exit at street level.
  • Taking the elevator or stairs to Bostwick Ramp parking level 6 (top of the ramp), north toward the Student Center to use the walkway system.

Individuals who need assistance from the ramp may call GRCC Police at 234-4010 for assistance.

2021-22 Electronic Pay Books are now available

The 2021-22 Electronic Pay Books are now available on the Human Resources website at Payroll Forms.

You can start using this pay book for the August 6, 2021 pay date which you will submit on Monday, July 26 for time worked July 12 through July 25.

If you are unsure of your Employee ID Number, Record Number, Pay Group, etc., please refer to the set-up tab on a previous year’s pay book. 

If you have any questions, please contact Stacia Barczak, Rachel Paulucci, or Becky Bailey.

Want additional equipment for home use?

If you plan to continue working both on campus and from home, you may be curious about sharing your technology in both locations. Unfortunately, GRCC’s budget cannot support two sets of equipment for home and office. 

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

Please see below for low-cost options you can purchase for your home office (please note: home use equipment should not be purchased using department funds unless approved by your EBCO).

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

GRCC In the News, 7/19/2021

Education Briefs: GRCC summer enrollment above pre-pandemic levels

July 16, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

GRAND RAPIDS — Bolstered by students enrolling through state-funded programs, summer enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College has increased to levels higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Good Things on The Lakeshore, July 16, 2021

July 17, 2021; WHTC

HOLLAND (WHTC-AM/FM) — Each week, Shandra Martinez, managing editor of The Lakeshore , talks to WHTC’s Peg McNichol about people and organizations making a difference along West Michigan’s Lakeshore. Here are highlights of their conversation on for the week starting July 16, 2021. 

… State programs play a role in GRCC’s 7.1% increase in summer enrollment. Grand Rapids Community College, which recently kicked off its second summer semester, reports enrollment this season is up 7.1% over 2021 and 5.9% from before the pandemic. The increase is attributed in part to students taking advantage of state programs that help with tuition costs.

Local leaders weigh in on growing entertainment corridor along U.S.-31

July 18, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — In a half-mile corridor along U.S.-31, there’s a form of entertainment for everyone.

… In the coming months, the intersection will be joined by Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore Campus. The campus was a milestone achievement for The Shops at Westshore, which has worked diligently to repurpose the former mall space after its deconstruction a half-decade ago.

Berryhill rolls to Petoskey tournament title

July 18, 2021; Midland Daily News

Berryhill Post 165 beat the West Side Rattlers and the Petoskey Royals by identical 8-0 scores, both in five innings, on Sunday to win the Petoskey Invitational baseball tournament.

… “Overall, we played pretty good. This was a good tournament,” said (manager Dan) Cronkright. “In the championship game, we faced a kid who’s going to Western Michigan. In our first game (on Friday), we faced a kid who’s going to Lincoln Trail College, and then we faced a kid who’s going to Grand Rapids Community College, and today we faced a kid who’s going to Muskegon Community College.