My Story Started at GRCC: Architect Ryan Archer studied in Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, then planned its renovation

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

The recent ribbon-cuttings for GRCC’s renovated Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and the new Veterans Center was a source of pride for the TowerPinkster team that worked on it.

It was an especially proud moment for team member – and GRCC alumnus – Ryan Archer.

“It’s a rare opportunity to work on a project that was so foundational to me becoming an architect,” said Archer, TowerPinkster’s healthcare business line leader.

“My general ed requirements, as well as my pre-architecture classes, allowed me to transfer to the University of Michigan’s architecture program,” he said. “I had a solid base of skills that I have relied on my whole career – thanks to my classes here at GRCC.”

Archer earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in U of M’s architecture program. He joined TowerPinkster in 2013.

He credits hard work, support from his family, and great mentorship from his colleagues for his satisfying career – and GRCC helped, too.

“The small scale of classes, the affordability and the great faculty put me in a spot to move forward successfully,” he said. “Most importantly, there are lifelong friendships that started for me at GRCC. It was both a value and valuable.”

One of his fondest GRCC memories is having coffee at Art and Bev’s with a fellow student: his mother.

“I was always proud of Mom for going back to school after raising us three kids,” Archer said. “Also, she always bought the coffee …”

Let GRCC help you start your story. The first chapter starts at

Last Call: IIPD Grant Applications due October 22

The GRCC Grants Department is accepting applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Program. The purpose of the award is to support faculty professional development to ensure continued growth, develop new avenues of instruction and curriculum, and to enhance the professional lives of faculty for increased student learning, achievement and success.

Awards are for amounts up to $5,000 and the deadline is October 22 at 4:30 p.m. 

The IIPD application packet and guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage at Please note that applications must include a signed Dean’s Approval Form and Department Head Approval Form, Budget Form, and budget documentation.

If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke ( Good luck!

Flu Shot Clinic for GRCC Staff & Faculty

Wed, October 27 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

ATC AUDITORIUM-Schedule Flu Shot Appointment

Influenza Vaccine Consent  Form

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, October 27, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Walk-ins welcomed! If you prefer you can schedule an appointment for flu shot by selecting link below:

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. 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Scheduled at ATC Auditorium on October 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a vaccination clinic on October 27, part of an effort to help students, employees and community members have access to an effective COVID-fighting tool.

The upcoming Covid-19 vaccine clinic is open to the public, as well as students and employees and is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ATC Auditorium, 151 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Campus Map

Schedule your Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment: Appointment Link

Additional vaccination location information is available at  

Learning Day: Call for Proposals ends Friday, October 22

Please consider sharing your knowledge with the campus community on Learning Day – January 6, 2022. The proposal form is now open and is accepting submissions through Friday, October 22.  Learning tracks include:

  • Technology and Infrastructure
  • Access and Equity
  • Inclusion, Belonging, and Relationship Building
  • Pedagogy
  • Get to Know GRCC
  • Self-Care

Visit the proposal form for more information.

STEMulating Diversity Praxis

𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗠𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝘅𝗶𝘀 is designed to provide administrators and faculty with teaching practices, cultural competence, and methods of research that support inclusivity and innovation.

We are delighted to host Dr. Ebony O. McGee for this important discussion.
Tuesday, October 19, at Noon (EST).

RSVP on Eventbrite:

GRCC In the News 10/18/2021

Tha Rock’N Roosta brings soul food to The Shops at Westshore

October 15, 2021; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — A new carryout restaurant has opened in The Shops at Westshore, bringing soul food to college students looking for a quick lunch at Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore Campus.

HOLLAND TWP. — A new carryout restaurant has opened in The Shops at Westshore, bringing soul food to college students looking for a quick lunch at Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore Campus.

 ‘Angel on earth’ found: Viewer call leads to cancer diagnosis

October 15, 2021; WOOD TV

JENISON, Mich. (WOOD) — A News 8 viewer’s kindness and concern ultimately led to the early detection of breast cancer in an Ottawa County woman.

… Three of their (Alison and Brian Bydalek) children, Lilly, Sam and Jack, attend Jenison High School. The oldest, Molly, is at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jill Biden to travel to Detroit Oct. 24 for Jewish school’s annual dinner

October 17, 2021; The Detroit News

First lady Jill Biden will travel to Detroit next weekend to speak at the annual dinner of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, a Jewish school, the White House said Sunday. 

… The first lady also was in Michigan in May to tour a pop-up vaccine clinic at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos campus, where she stressed the importance of vaccinations and voiced support for states that have offered incentives, including cash prizes, to entice people to get their doses.