September Fire Pump tests on Friday, 09/24

Facility Maintenance is planning to perform the monthly fire pump tests this Friday, 09/24/2021.

We plan to start at the ATC, at 7 a.m., then proceed to the Science Center, and finish at College Park. During the tests, the outside horns and strobes may go off for up to 20 minutes, at each location. 

Employees: You do not need to evacuate if you hear the fire alarm system during this time.

In the event of a real emergency during this testing time, we will use the Emergency Phone Alert System as well as internal fire alarms.

GRCC fall enrollment up 4.4 percent, sparked by students embracing Futures for Frontliners, Michigan Reconnect

Fall Prep event on Main Campus on August 28, 2021. Students looking at various brochures from different programs.

Grand Rapids Community College’s enrollment is up by 4.4 percent for the fall 2021 semester, with increases sparked by opportunities through state and local programs lowering tuition costs and the opening of a consolidated Lakeshore Campus.

Count day tallies showed 12,685 students enrolled so far in the fall 2021 semester, a 4.4 percent increase over the fall 2020 semester. The number can still grow with opportunities to enroll in classes starting in the semester’s second seven weeks.

The number of on-campus classes increased dramatically from a year ago, and GRCC offers courses in other formats that have proven popular with students looking to schedule around home and work responsibilities. Students are able to attend in-person classes, hybrid classes that are partly on campus and partly online, real-time virtual classes, and traditional online classes.

“We understand there are great pressures on people’s time,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “We now have a number of programs that remove cost as a barrier to education, but finding time can still be an obstacle for many students who want to start or come back to finish their education. We’re scheduling classes that are more convenient and allow people to keep moving forward, even if it is through two classes a semester.”

The state’s Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect programs have created opportunities for thousands of students to start – or restart – their education with free in-district tuition.

GRCC has 2,019 students enrolled through Futures for Frontliners, a state program for residents who worked in essential jobs during the spring 2020 COVID-19 shutdown.

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Happy National IT Professionals Day

Q: How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb? 

A: None, that’s a hardware problem.

Q: Why was the computer cold?

A: It left its Windows open.


Celebrated annually every third Tuesday in September, National IT Professionals Day is set aside to honor the venerable “geeks” of the world we all rely on to keep us connected.

IT (information technology) professionals are technical experts that make sure our computer systems run smoothly. Whether it be desktops, laptops, mobile devices, applications, servers, networks, databases or cyber security, IT professionals keep business humming.

How to observe National IT Professionals Day:

Think about how many times during a typical year you call your I.T. pro to come and help you fix something on your computer or to remotely control it to solve your issue. Once? 10 times? Consider reaching out to your favorite IT person(s) and say thank you for all that they do for you, appreciation goes a long way.

Tech Tips: Computer Reboot

When is the last time you rebooted your computer? Not sure? We totally understand! It is very easy to get into a routine of putting your computer to sleep every day so you can keep things open that you are currently using. It makes the start of the next day feel productive by continuing where we left off. The truth is, we may actually be slowing ourselves down. 

Rebooting makes our computer run more efficiently and it can also fix problems we may be encountering. Please take the time to restart your computer at least once a week which will save you time in the long run. 

Check out this article Why Does Rebooting Your Computer Fix So Many Issues?

For other great tips, visit the IT Customer Support Portal and search the Knowledge Base for other articles.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

Understanding Peoplesoft

If you’re new to GRCC, or in a new role and you’re learning the ins and outs of PeopleSoft, join this session to enhance your understanding of the functions and navigation of this important system on campus.

Intro to Peoplesoft, led by Bryan Vliem, on Monday, September 27, virtually.

Register via your Professional Development tile in your Online Center account. 

Make our Earth a little bit better…

The world with arms and legs holding a heart up.

by learning how to recycle! 

The 2019 Leadership Institute cohort envisioned training opportunities for GRCC employees on environmental care and sustainability.

We are fortunate to have a fantastic representative from Kent County Public Works to lead this session and to explain how recycling works here in our community. 

Enroll now – register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

GRCC In the News, 09/21/2021

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

September 20, 2021;

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

First lady Jill Biden set to visit Royal Oak on Friday

September 20, 2021; The Detroit News

First lady Jill Biden will return to Michigan on Friday for a visit to Royal Oak as part of a five-state bus tour focused on highlighting students’ return to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

… Jill Biden last visited Michigan, a battleground state her husband won by 3 percentage points or 154,000 votes in 2020, in May when she toured a pop-up vaccine clinic at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos campus.

New representatives join CANR alumni board

September 20, 2021; Michigan State University College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Lisa Gallinari, Matthew Kapp, Josh Roggenbuck and Griselda Trevino-Tule were appointed to two-year terms on the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Alumni Association at its fall board meeting Sept. 20.

… Lisa Gallinari,of Charlotte, NCis a 1999 CANR graduate representing the Department of Forestry, a position that was recently changed to fully represent the department. Gallinari is the vice president, sourcing manager for Bank of America Corporation. Gallinari also holds a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and previously served as an attorney at Gallinari Law, PLC, and has held positions in labor relations at both the State of Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College.