Raider Rally is BACK – volunteers needed!

We are very excited to announce that Raider Rally will be back for Fall 2021 kick off on Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza

We are looking for volunteers to help us pull off this wonderful event. Help is needed to greet and direct students, check them in, hand out goodies, and more. Please sign up here. 

If you have any questions, please email Lori Cook at

GRCC In the News, 8-9-21

Employment Expertise: Community colleges provide high-demand skills

8/9/21 The Holland Sentinel

Community colleges offer many short-term training programs that can lead to a stable career in a high-demand industry. Working in one of our region’s high-demand industries (agribusiness, construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing) can mean high growth potential, job security and higher wages.

To learn more about training programs through community colleges, we spoke with Julie Parks, interim dean at the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College.

Goodwin, Smith move on in South Haven mayoral race

8/8/21 South Haven Tribune

Two candidates vying to become South Haven’s mayor will now square off in November’s general election.

… (Ahmmad) Goodwin served on the South Haven Housing Commission for four years. He is employed at Vibracoustic’s test lab engineering facility. He graduated from South Haven High School, and obtained an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a certification in personal and physical conditioning from Blue Heron Academy.

Kuyper College initiative makes college affordable

8/6/21 Grand Rapids Business Journal

Kuyper College is being proactive in helping students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree but lack the finances.

… “We all know that college is extremely expensive to get a bachelor’s degree,” said Marc Andres, program director of the Business Leadership program at Kuyper College. “We have a great community college in Grand Rapids. Community college is very affordable, but everyone knows that getting a bachelor’s degree is very expensive no matter if the college is public, private, local or out of state. It is very, very expensive and we all know that, so in response to that need, we at Kuyper College are partnering with businesses in the community so that they can provide employment to help pay for a large portion of the cost of college.”

Masks required in campus buildings as of Aug. 10

We are experiencing a very rapidly changing and challenging COVID environment. The Centers for Disease Control has now placed Kent and Ottawa counties in the “substantial transmission” category for COVID-19 and recommends indoor face covering use for both unvaccinated AND vaccinated individuals.

Beginning Aug. 10, all people — regardless of vaccination status — are required to wear a mask in campus buildings per the attached policy. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. We will continue to review federal, state and local guidance and adjust as necessary.

Campus signs are being updated to reflect this change. 

Michigan OER Virtual Summit August 11-12

The Michigan OER Virtual Summit is Wednesday and Thursday, August 11-12. This year’s theme is “Building Bridges to Open Up Education,” which opens up opportunities for us to forge connections, collaborations, and partnerships that promote openness. Together, let’s celebrate our success,  share our challenges, reinvent the future where all have access and opportunity to create knowledge for the public good.

Register for free here.