GRCC In the News, 8-23-21

‘Years in the making,’ GRCC transforms former JC Penney into modern learning space, community hub

8/22/21 MLive

HOLLAND, MI – A former JC Penney Department Store has been transformed into a contemporary learning space and community hub in Holland Township.

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) held a ribbon cutting Thursday, Aug. 19 where local officials, alumni and some community members got to check out the newly-renovated 50,000-square-foot Lakeshore Campus opening this fall semester.

Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus in Holland

8/22/21 MLive

(Photo gallery of Lakeshore Campus open house.)

Sunday Morning News

8/22/21 WZZM

(Lakeshore Campus opening.)

Campus child care helps student parents

8/22/21 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

A few years ago, some community colleges cut back on child-care services as demand fell. But since the pandemic began, need has grown as parents of young children found it hard to study at home with their children underfoot or they had to find affordable care while they worked.

Colleges have different approaches to child care. Some, like Clark College in Washington and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan, have a child-care center right on campus. At those two colleges and some others, the child-care center is coordinated with students in the early childhood education program, who use the center as a learning lab. (See sidebar.)

A long history in early childhood education

8/22/21 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

At Grand Rapids Community College, child care center founder Phyllis Fratzke saw the need for a learning lab for early childhood education students nearly 50 years ago.

Tech Tips: Password expiration reminder

Did you know the MyGRCC password expires every 120 days? If you are experiencing issues signing into any of the GRCC systems such as (but not limited to) VMWare, PeopleSoft, Campus WiFi or staff email, your password may be expired. It is best to make a habit of resetting your password every semester. Your MyGRCC password must be at least 10 characters long, have a capital letter, and include at least one number. To reset your password follow the steps found here.:

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) Grant

The GRCC Grants Department is accepting applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) grant program. The purpose of the award is to encourage support staff to improve their professional skills related to their GRCC assignments. Awards are for amounts up to $2,500 and the deadline is Friday, September 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

The SSPD application packet and guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage at Applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. Be sure to read and follow the application and guidelines carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Squiers at Good luck!

Let’s celebrate Shipping/Receiving & Facilities retirees!

Please join us Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Raider Grille and Terrace to congratulate this group of great GRCC retiring employees!  Thank you for delivering our packages, making sure the campus was clean and operational, and so many other things!  

Congratulations and best wishes to all of you!

  • Dale Betts
  • Essie McGhee
  • Bryan Wible
  • Dale Young
  • Joe Milito
  • Aaron Brooks
  • Bruce Walski 

Please remember that COVID protocol, including social distancing and masks are still in place.