GRCC Student Records announces the launch of Academic Advisement for evaluating graduation requirements

Here are some of the changes to the process of evaluating graduation requirements:

  • My Degree Path goes away for students on 8/30/21 to coincide with the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Students now have access to an “Academic Progress” tile in their online center/student self-service
  • Faculty will continue to have access to My Degree Path until October 31, 2021 in their online center/faculty self-service
  • We are working on creating an option for faculty that may want to assist students in reviewing outstanding graduation requirements to view student academic advisement reports in the online center and will announce once this is available. We encourage you to ask the student to share the information in their academic progress tile with you when advising students on graduation.
  • Academic Advisement is not a course planning tool, students should use Navigate for course planning.
  • We are planning to provide some additional training for staff and faculty. A recorded training is available through CTE.
  • This is the video that we have created for students

Thank you!!!!

Nearly 2,000 students registered so far for GRCC COVID-19 vaccination incentive, community clinic planned for Saturday

Student getting a Covid vaccination.

Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a vaccination clinic open to the community during the college’s Raider Rally event on Saturday, part of an effort to help students have access to an effective tool in fighting COVID-19.

Nearly 2,000 students have registered so far for a $200 incentive to get the vaccine, one of several measures GRCC has taken to promote safety and wellness as students return to campus on Aug. 30.

“Vaccines are important in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and preventing serious illness and hospitalization,” said Lisa Freiburger, GRCC’s vice president for Finance and Administration. “Our incentive program can encourage students to get their shot, and we are working with community partners to make sure vaccinations are accessible and convenient.”

The clinic is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, in front of GRCC’s Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. Advance registration is not required.

Another clinic is planned for Sept. 8 during GRCC’s Welcome Week, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and from 3-6 p.m. at the Leslie M. Tassell M-TEC. A clinic is planned for the new Lakeshore Campus, 12335 James St. in Holland, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14.

Eligible students can receive a $200 credit on their RaiderCards to use for campus dining, parking, printing, and in the bookstore.

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Here to Help: Nan Schichtel connects students with resources in the library – and beyond

Nan Schichtel 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 Nan Schichtel. Nan is a is a GRCC grad – as are four of her five brothers. Nan credits GRCC for giving her family the opportunity to get a college education, and she is honored to work with the GRCC students today as the Information Literacy and Outreach Librarian in the Library and Learning Commons.

Nan provides library service and collections for students interested in careers in medical assisting, pharmacy tech, phlebotomy, craft brewing, culinary arts, dental, exercise science, medical and dental pre-majors, nursing, occupational therapy assisting, political science, and radiologic technology.

She introduces them to resources that will enable them to be successful. Usually those are GRCC library resources. But sometimes those resources are people, collections or organizations in the community. Like the special collections at the Grand Rapids Public Library, the GVSU library, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum and their Grand Rapids Community Archives and Research Center.

“When I see students with a dream, I want to enable them to reach that dream and to prepare for an ever-changing world of work,” she said. “As a former classroom teacher, I especially like seeing the light bulb go on as students learn how a professional database works, and how they can use special database features to meet their assignment requirements and personal interest goals.”

Nan’s professional background includes teaching at Grand Rapids Catholic and Kalamazoo Catholic schools, and substitute teaching at Grand Rapids Public Schools. She also held the position of Off-Campus Librarian & Access Services Librarian; Health Sciences Librarian at Grand Valley State University, and Assistant Library Director, Serials and Instruction Librarian at Aquinas College.

A Grand Rapids historian, Nan sits on the Grand Rapids History Detectives Committee and is a member of several local organizations related to her varied interests. She is also a United States Junior Chamber of Commerce Senator, the Trustee & Secretary for the Grand Rapids Historical Society and sits on the ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Database Advisory Board.

Nan is here to help GRCC students from all walks of life interested in a multitude of careers, but she is the most enthusiastic about helping students who want to get out into the working world to help others.

You can connect with the library team through email and by phone (616) 234-3872, or by stopping in the Library and Resource Commons, 140 Ransom Ave NE, in Grand Rapids.

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

Operation United is back

GRCC is partnering once again with Operation United to complete yardwork, landscaping, and minor outdoor home repair for veterans and active military families here in Kent County. Groups of volunteers will be matched with a veteran and then complete work at their home on event day. 

This is a part of the Heart of West Michigan United Way Month of Caring service activity. The 2018 Leadership Institute cohort, better known as InteGReatCC, had a great experience supporting Operation United in May 2019.

Watch their news appearance!

And this exciting and rewarding volunteer service opportunity back this year:

Friday September 24, 2021
9:00am -1:00pm
A veteran’s home in the GR area

Full time employees can earn up to four hours of professional development time volunteering for this service activity.

This experience is limited to the first 24 full time employees.

If you would like to volunteer, please obtain your supervisor’s approval via Leave of Absence form and complete the 2021 Operation United Registration Form.

Thank you! This service employee engagement opportunity is brought to you through a collaboration of InteGReatCC (2018 Leadership Institute cohort) and HR. Please contact, or for more information and any questions you may have.

Volunteers STILL needed for Information Station 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!

  • 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

GRCC In the News, 08/27/2021

GRCC to hold COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Saturday

August 26, 2021; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic during this Saturday’s Raider Rally event, according to GRCC.

GRCC hosting event to help students enroll, prepare for fall semester

August 26, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND — Grand Rapids Community College has space available in hundreds of in-person, hybrid and online classes for the fall semester and will hold an event this Saturday to help prospective students enroll. 

VOLLEYBALL PREVIEWS: Monroe County Region coaches return home

August 26, 2021; The Monroe News

You can’t go home again.

That’s one idiom that doesn’t ring true.

… (Janie)Bunge is a 2015 graduate of Whiteford. She played collegiate volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College, Wayne State University, and Concordia Ann Arbor.

 News 8 Daybreak

August 27, 2021; WOOD TV

(Service Saturday event.)