GRCC In the News, 10-1-21

Now free, Jamarion Lawhorn faces guilt of taking a life at 12

9/30/21 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Jamarion Lawhorn said he struggles with the guilt of killing another child when he was age 12.

… They said that Lawhorn has had his ups and downs, which is expected. He has worked the last six months at a wood-working shop. He also signed up for classes at Grand Rapids Community College but it was overwhelming so he dropped classes.

Proposed Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar E. Chavez street names in Grand Rapids see outpouring of support

9/30/21 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids has seen an outpouring of support in favor of renaming 4.5 miles of city streets after two prominent civil rights leaders.

… The commission received 35 letters in support of the change from organizations and individuals including former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, the University of Michigan Health-West, The Rapid, Davenport University, State Superintendent Michael F. Rice, Grand Rapids Community College, the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, the Kent County Black Caucus, Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Google Backup and Sync no longer available as of Oct. 1

Google has announced that they are combining features of their two existing file sync tools – Backup and Sync, and Drive File Stream to create a new solution which they’ve named Google Drive for Desktop. 

Unfortunately, GRCC will not be supporting Google’s new file syncing solution due to security concerns from the features that Google Drive for Desktop introduces. We know that many of you have used Drive File Stream before and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

We thank you for your understanding and helping us keep GRCC safe.

Thor’s Hammer is a hit!

M-TEC and GEAR UP Wyoming staff welcomed families to the Mobile Manufacturing Lab during Family STEM Night, Wednesday, September 29, at Godwin Heights High School. Students and parents learned about GRCC’s manufacturing and applied technology career pathways while hoisting Thor’s Hammer and sparring with light sabers. Godwin Heights marked the last of four September MML career exploration visits to Wyoming district high schools served by the GEAR UP Wyoming grant.

Starting its fourth year today, GEAR UP Wyoming provides academic enrichment, college prep, and career exploration activities to the Class of 2024 at Wyoming, Godfrey Lee, Godwin Heights, and Kelloggsville. The grant also offers professional development opportunities to districts math teachers and counselors and helps parents increase their college prep knowledge.

  • A box of pens that say: "GRCC GEAR UP. Wyoming."
  • A student takes notes while standing next to another student.
  • The Mobile Manufacturing Lab is parked by Godwin Heights High School.
  • A student writes while at a table.
  • A white board says: "Which One Doesn't Belong? 9. 16. 25. 43."
  • A student works at a table with a sign that says, "Prime numbers & multiplication."
  • An instructor talks to a student inside the Mobile Manufacturing Lab.
  • A student holds up a replica of Mjollnir in the Mobile Manufacturing Lab.
  • A student holds up a GRCC laptop sticker..
  • A student looks inside a bag of GRCC items in the Mobile Manufacturing Lab.
  • Students walk past the Mobile Manufacturing Lab.

Coming up Oct. 15: an Open Education opportunity! 

LibreFest is a free-to-attend one-day workshop on Friday, October 15th, that will go over the basics of how to create a customized text for a class, and will also describe a homework/assessment platform, called ADAPT, that will soon be available. More information is available online. Contact Tom Neils ( or Lauren Woolsey ( with questions.

Announcement: Academic Progress/Advisement

Exciting news! Academic Progress is available to students on the student homepage in the student online center. When assisting or advising students on their degree progress please point them to this tool in their online center account which provides them information on their academic program and completion of requirements.

A similar feature called Academic Advisement is now available for faculty teaching classes in the faculty center homepage. If you do not have access to this and need it please email Academic Advisement will be replacing My Degree Path for staff and faculty at the end of October 2021.

On October 20th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a virtual session through CTE on EAB Navigate and PeopleSoft Academic Advisement called “Advising Students on Degree Planning with Navigate and Academic Progress.” This session will be recorded for those that cannot attend. 

Staff and faculty that have used My Degree Path previously for their work can request one-on-one training for academic advisement here

GRCC Post-It Board

Did you know GRCC has a place where you can buy, sell, or trade with your fellow GRCC employees?

The GRCC Post-It Board is an online marketplace where you can also share information about events or ask for recommendations for services from the campus community.

Once you join the GRCC Post-It Board you’ll receive an email notification whenever a new post is made. 

To locate and join the GRCC Post-It Board, follow these steps.

  1. From your GRCC Email click the “waffle” (located in the top right corner) then select “Currents.”
  2. Navigate to “All Posts” located in the middle left then click the green text reading GRCC Post-It Board.
  3. Lastly, click the “Join” button located in the middle left.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully joined the GRCC Post-It Board community!

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