GRCC In the News, 9-10-21

GRCC receives $1.2 million federal grant

9/9/21 Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College was the recipient of a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help adult learners return to, or start their college careers.

Hope College hires new director of Center for Diversity and Inclusion

9/9/21 MLive

HOLLAND, MI – Jevon Willis has been named as the new director of Hope College’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the college announced Wednesday, Sept. 8.

… Before coming to Hope College in 2018, Willis taught social work and sociology at Calvin University, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College. He also served in various leadership roles at the Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders, The Other Way Ministries in Grand Rapids and Wedgwood Christian Services.

Equity Endowment Started For Small Michigan NPOs

9/9/21 The NonProfit Times

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, Mich., has established the Juan Olivarez Learning Equity Endowment. Through the new endowment, small Michigan-based nonprofits will be able to access the Johnson Center’s professional services at a reduced or no cost.

… During his career, Olivarez became the first Hispanic college or university president in the state of Michigan. He has served within the leadership of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and provided support for educational and economic equity efforts, including the Community Learning Enterprise at Grand Rapids Community College; and the Delta Strategy, which empowers Latino community initiatives. He also participated in producing a video that promoted the need for a more-inclusive economy within the Grand Rapids area, according to

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.

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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