GRCC In the News, 9-7-21

GRCC receives $1.2M grant to help adult learners

9/3/21 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A five-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow Grand Rapids Community College to help adult learners enter or return to higher education.

Grand Valley, GRCC receive federal grants to establish Educational Opportunity Centers

9/5/21 The Holland Sentinel

A pair of area higher education institutions received federal grants to connect adult learners with additional resources.

Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College both received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Education. The funds will be used to establish TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers on the respective campuses of the colleges. 

Grand Valley State, GRCC each get $1.2M grants to help adults earn college degrees

9/4/21 MLive

ALLENDALE, MI — Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College have each received five-year, $1.2 million grants designed to help older, non-traditional students enter or return to higher education.

News 8 at 5:30

9/6/21 WOOD TV

(TRIO grant.)

‘It’s about availability, convenience’: GRCC holds on-site vaccine clinic for students and offers $200 incentive

9/3/21 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Health and safety is a top priority at Grand Rapids Community College. So, when they hosted their annual Raider Rally on Aug. 28 to kick off the new school year, it included a vaccine clinic.

GRCC hosting vaccine clinic at Lakeshore Campus Sept. 14

9/6/21 The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its new Lakeshore Campus in Holland this month. 

‘It’s never too late,’ says GRCC student who turned her life around


A few years ago, Kelsey Sivertson felt stuck. Her childhood dreams of graduating from college and becoming a teacher had fallen apart.

… Sivertson credits Grand Rapids Community College for helping her turn her life around. She believes the college’s new Lakeshore Campus will provide those same opportunities to others.

News 8 Daybreak Early Edition

9/7/21 WOOD TV

(Diversity Lecture Series with Austin Channing Brown.)

GRPM to host lecture on sensory needs of autism

9/6/21 Grand Rapids Magazine

In partnership with the Grand Rapids Community College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Grand Rapids Public Museum will host a lecture entitled Understanding Different Kinds of Minds and Sensory Needs by Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids.

David Karel joins GHDPS

9/4/21 Grand Haven Tribune

David Karel was recently sworn in as the newest officer for the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Karel graduated from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy on Aug. 27 and was sworn in as a public safety officer on Sept. 1.

Holland Cakery ‘n’ Sweets grateful for 10 ‘solid’ years in Holland Township

9/4/21 The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — When Holland Cakery ‘n’ Sweets first opened its doors, specialty cakes and cupcakes weren’t really “a thing.”

… (Katy) Bopp, a West Michigan native, studied baking and pastry arts at Grand Rapids Community College. After six years working in a Costco bakery, she decided to open her own shop.

At age 60, legendary coach Tony Annese is competitive and energetic as ever

9/3/21 MLive

BIG RAPIDS, MI – One minute, Tony Annese is hugging Ferris State special teams coach Jack Schugars before Schugars leaves practice for the day.

… He was 30-4 in three seasons at Grand Rapids Community College with two junior-college national titles.

Flu shot clinic set for Sept. 15

This flu season, don’t get caught without your flu vaccine. Protect yourself by getting vaccinated. It is even more critical to get a flu shot this particular flu season because of the added complexities brought on by COVID-19.

Flu Shot Clinic for GRCC Staff and Faculty (no students)

Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses

Scheduled: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We are taking precautions to keep everyone safe, we ask that you schedule an appointment to get your flu shot. We have two locations to choose from. Schedule your appointment today!

SNEDEN HALL ROOM 108-Schedule Flu Shot Appointment

ATC AUDITORIUM-Schedule Flu Shot Appointment

Don’t forget to bring your BC/BS insurance card to receive a flu shot at no charge. Employees covered under the WMHIP- health plans must bring their BC/BS insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.

No health insurance, no problem. The cost to GRCC staff will be $20 cash or check payable to “Grand Rapids Community College.”

We recommend you complete the Influenza Vaccine Consent  Form  and bring with you to the flu shot clinic.


Employees must wear face coverings in all public spaces. Vaccines cannot be given without a mask. 6 ft. social distancing is required for all employees waiting for their vaccine, as well as while inside the Flu Shot Clinic Area.

Spectrum Health Nurses will be screening employees the day of the Flu Shot Clinic for any COVID Symptoms. If any employee has symptoms of COVID and/or have been sick in the past 14 days, we ask they do not attend the Flu Shot Clinic.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debra Davis at (616) 234-4175 or Maria Belmares Herrera at (616) 234-4052

College Success Center hosts Transition to College workshop

The College Success Center is hosting a Transition to College workshop this week. The workshop is intended to help students navigate their transition to college; it will include tips for utilizing a syllabus and office hours to be successful and touch on key resources and services available to students on campus. 

  • Wednesday, 9/8, 1 p.m., 103 Sneden Hall (Grand Rapids)
  • Thursday, 9/9, 1 p.m., 135 Lakeshore Campus (Holland)

The workshop is open to all students. Students can register using this link and via the College Success Center website. Seats are limited, so students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Give us a call at (616) 234-2312 if you have any questions.

Important payroll information

Welcome Back. …We hope you all enjoyed your summer and that the fall semester is off to a great start. Please refer to the following information for some important payroll reminders and new Online Center functionality for supervisors.

Employee Timesheets

It is the employee’s responsibility to complete and submit their own timesheet by 12 noon on the Monday following a pay date. Employees should never have someone else, including a coworker or a direct report, from their department complete their timesheet on their behalf. Please contact Becky Bailey if a situation arises when an employee is not able to complete their own timesheet.

Reporting Telecommute hours worked

Now that we are all back to working on campus…Employees that have been approved to work from home according to the college’s Remote Work Policy should report hours worked from home under the Telecommute (TC) column on their biweekly timesheet. 

Approved Annuity Vendors

The college has a list of approved annuity agents that employees can work with for before tax payroll deductions and financial planning. Please refer to GRCC Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendors for name and contact information. 

Employee Parking Deductions

GRCC will resume the employee parking deduction this fall.  We had temporarily suspended parking deductions in March of 2020.   The deduction will start on the September 17, 2021 pay date for staff and full time faculty, and on the October 1, 2021 pay date for adjunct instructors. 

New Supervisor Leave Bank View

Supervisor can now view their direct reports leave balances through the Online Center under Supervisor Self Service-My Employees’ Leave Balances. We hope you find this resource helpful. 

What’s happening in the CTE this week?

Curriculog 2021 — Thursday, September 9th – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

New look – same features! This is a chance to see the new look of Curriculog and get a review of the features for launching and processing any curriculum changes in 2021-22.

FPE Systems Overview – Friday, September 10th – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

This workshop provides an overview of the Faculty Performance Evaluation System (FPE) as well as the resources available and important dates for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tech Tip: Disabled Peoplesoft accounts

Information Technology has been noticing an increase in PeopleSoft Accounts being disabled. This includes the Online Center, CSProd, HRProd, and FSProd. A disabled account causes users to get a login error at sign in stating they need to contact the Support Desk. To avoid this, we highly recommend logging out of your account before entering into another environment. For instance, switching from the Online Center to CSProd. 

You can log out of your account by selecting the 3 vertical dots at the top left of the page and selecting sign out. Once you have successfully logged out, you will be redirected to the MyGRCC Portal. From there, you can select the new environment. If you have a need to be logged into 2 different environments at the same time, we encourage you to use a separate browser for each to avoid potential issues.

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