Volunteers needed for Information Stations August 16-20, Aug. 23-27 and Aug. 30-Sept. 1

It’s that time: We are looking for volunteers to help with the Information Stations! As you may know, volunteers at the Information Stations help our students feel welcome and find their way around campus. This will be especially important this semester!

This year, we are holding an information table outside of the new Enrollment Center prior to Fall start. The first three days of Fall start will be the stations set up around campus like in the recent past.

As you look at the volunteer sign-up sheet, please take note of the three different tabs to sign up accordingly!

  • RJF Info Station Week 1: August 16-20 from 10:00am-3:00pm
  • RJF Info Station Week 2: August 23-27 from 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Semester Start Stations: August 30-September 1 from 7:00am-6:30pm

Sign up here

Details about Information Stations that may look a bit different this semester:
We are inviting two volunteers to each station, but please prioritize filling each station so we can guarantee coverage for the 2-hour commitments.

  1. Please follow the current campus protocols while working at the information station to minimize contact and germ spreading.
  2. Each station will have two tables and 2 chairs in addition to plexiglass barriers and signs indicating wayfinding.
  3. Instead of having a binder of information that everyone thumbs through, a Google doc. will have all relevant information. This will allow us to keep information up-to-date as things change.
  4. Please bring your GRCC-issued laptop or tablet to access the Google doc. of information (again, to minimize the spread of germs).
  5. Handouts at each station will include campus maps, Sneden shuttle flyers and GetHelp cards.
  6. Please plan on bringing your own water and snacks as these will not be provided.

There will be hand sanitizer at each table. We will also have antibacterial wipes so the table can be wiped down at the end of each shift.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Fox, Student Resources Coordinator, at (616) 234-2543 or ashleyfox1@grcc.edu.

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.

Here to Help: Miguel Espinoza assists students along their educational pathway at GRCC Lakeshore Campus

Miguel Espinoza who works at the Lakeshore Campus.

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 Miguel Espinoza. You will find Miguel, who is bilingual, working with students and community members at the new GRCC Lakeshore Campus.

He is here to help current and potential students find the information and resources they are looking for.

Miguel will help you with admissions, registration, financial aid, placement testing, counseling appointments, and with your student technology.

His background is in social work, and his focus is on helping students eliminate barriers to their educational goals while they navigate the world of higher education.

Miguel acquired a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Michigan State University, and returned to school after many years to earn a master’s degree in Social Work, with emphasis in Policy, Planning, and Administration, from Western Michigan University.

He began working at GRCC’s Enrollment Center in 2005. During the 2007-08 academic year, he was co-advisor to the Hispanic Student Organization. In early 2009 Miguel transferred to GRCC’s Lakeshore Campus.

Miguel knows we are never too old to learn. He is here to help students of all ages and walks of life be successful as lifelong learners.

Learn more about what the GRCC Lakeshore Campus has to offer at grcc.edu/lakeshore or by email at lakeshore@grcc.edu or by calling (616) 234-2200.

CTE Fall Newsletter: Support and resources

As you prepare for the semester, check out the fall newsletter including support resources and services through the Center for Teaching Excellence. Highlights include:

GRCC In the News, 08/13/2021

Grand Rapids Comic-Con Summer Bash kicks off Friday

August 12, 2021; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Comic-Con Summer Bash happens this weekend and tickets are still on sale.

… If you’d like to learn how to become a real-life hero to your community, GRCC will be there with showing off sci-fi-themed projects done by students in their trades programs.

GRCC offers $200 credit to students who get vaccinated

August 12, 2021; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College is offering COVID-19 vaccination incentives to students who are enrolled for the fall 2021 semester.

Holland Int’l Fest needs volunteers

August 12, 2021; 92.7

HOLLAND (WHTC-AM/FM) — Organizers of the International Festival of Holland are looking for volunteers for the celebration, set for Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at the Holland Civic Center Place.

… Festival sponsors include Midwest Communications’ WHTC 1450 AM and 99.7 FM & Van 92.7; the Gentex Corporation; Flagstar Foundation; Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Haworth; Quincy Street, Inc.; Benteler Automotive; LG Energy Solution Michigan; Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus; the Brooks Family Community Fund; the West Michigan Lakeshores Association of Realtors; EV Construction; and the World Affairs Council of West Michigan.

 West Michigan company turns to Spanish-speaking workers to ease labor shortage

August 13, 2021; MLive

ZEELAND, MI — Denise Navarro starts her day like most production group leaders at Gentex Corporation, where she supervises about 25 second-shift workers who manufacturer rearview mirrors for the Zeeland-based automotive supplier.

… The 26-year-old West Ottawa Public Schools graduate, who’s now dual enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University, said she spends her shift answering employee questions, having one-one-conversations with workers and guiding them through the production process.