GRCC tapped for national Hope4College project to tackle student food and housing insecurity

A national effort to tackle food and housing insecurity among college students has selected Grand Rapids Community College as one of its first partners.

GRCC is one of 27 colleges picked after an intense competition for the inaugural cohort of Hope4College, an initiative by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.

The effort is funded, in part, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the ECMC Foundation. The member schools will work individually and together to build and strengthen support systems that meet students’ basic needs.

Nearly three in five students experience housing or food insecurity — and the problem is more common among those attending two-year colleges, according to the center.

“Without these basic needs met, students struggle to learn, achieve and graduate,” Sara Goldrick-Rab, the center’s founder and CEO, told a U.S. House of Representatives committee on Sept. 8. “They fall deeply into debt, often leaving college without degrees needed to repay it.”

Addressing students’ basic needs is part of GRCC’s strategic plan, and the school already has many measures in place, including a student food pantry, a Student Emergency Assistance Fund and a “Get Help” webpage that connects students with campus and community resources.

The pantry, run by the Student Life and Conduct office, saw 186 visits from fall 2018 to summer 2019. Lina Blair, director of Student Life, saw an immediate increase in requests for help when the pandemic hit.

“Many college students were struggling prior to the coronavirus crisis, especially those balancing school with work and families,” Blair said. “We care deeply about our students and wanted to make sure we could help.”

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Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab (LA.TUTORLAB): CLOSED in-person today

With sincerest apologies for the inconvenience, the Language Arts Lab will remain closed today for in-person tutoring due to staff illness. While we are not able to offer in-person tutoring, the lab will remain open for you to use as a study space and for computer use.

Tutoring can still be accessed virtually via Zoom until 6pm this evening and again later from 7pm-9pm. Please feel free to call (616) 234-4244 with any questions or concerns. 

We will re-open tomorrow for our normal services from 9am-3pm, in-person and virtual. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to working with you soon! 

-Language Arts Lab 

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. 

PeopleSoft and other systems scheduled to be down for required maintenance 

Information Technology will be conducting planned maintenance on PeopleSoft, ImageNow, and DegreeWorks beginning Thursday, September 16th from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

PeopleSoft test environments Dev, TST, STG, and UPG will be taken down earlier starting at 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

The following services are affected by this maintenance:

  • Online Center
  • CSProd
  • FSProd
  • HRProd
  • ImageNow
  • DegreeWorks
  • PeopleSoft DEV, TST, STG, and UPG

Additionally, Information Technology will be upgrading GRCC’s network on Thursday, September 16th from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM.  This will result in network outages to devices connected to the GRCC network, both wired and wireless, while on campus. Systems impacted include VMware, VPN, Phones.  

The following services are affected by this maintenance:

  • GRCC network
  • VMware
  • VPN
  • Campus Phones

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance.