New CAP 3.4: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team – Celebrate Spirit Day on Oct. 21

The purpose of the new CAP 3.4 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team is to celebrate GRCC as a college of choice by providing a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive experience for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, and the larger GRCC Family.

CAP 3.4 is dedicated to support GRCC’s greater commitment to equity and GRCC’s values of diversity, innovation, respect, and responsiveness. Through a data-driven and culturally competent approach, we will ensure our LGBTQ+ family is both celebrated and protected.

Celebrate Spirit Day with us by wearing purple or adding a purple border to your Facebook picture.

GLAAD, an advocacy group, says LGBTQ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Each year, millions of people wear purple for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying.

The group says pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — global and local brands and companies, world leaders, celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign in the world.

Learn more about Spirit Day

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Workforce Wednesday: Lynnae Looyenga wants to ‘put people at ease during a stressful time’ as a medical assistant

GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. Each Wednesday we’ll meet students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates.

Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up. But when Lynnae Looyenga graduated from Covenant Christian High School five months ago, she had a goal.

“I have always been interested in the medical field,” she said. “I have had some health issues and been in a lot of doctor’s offices. A good medical assistant can make all the difference. They can put you at ease during what can be a stressful time. I want to be that for others.”

GRCC’s Medical Assistant Program prepares students to take a national certification exam and empowers them to succeed in a changing healthcare environment. Through the program, students develop skills to perform administrative and clinical tasks required to keep health practitioner offices and clinics running smoothly. The focus of the program is to prepare capable medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

This course combines classroom lecture, group activity, simulation learning, and a competency-based practicum experience and is delivered in a hybrid format. Instruction takes place in class, online, and through a practicum.

“After graduation, I really didn’t want to go to school for a super long time,” Looyenga said. “This program is just the right length and it’s so good! I am already halfway through and I really enjoy how much of the program is hands-on learning. I was a little skeptical about the hybrid format but I love it. It is just the right amount of in-person and online. I feel like it gives me a little bit of freedom with how I schedule my school work hours.”

The 772-hour program is designed to take 22 weeks to complete.

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Virtual Police Academy Meetings

The Criminal Justice Department will be offering Police Academy virtual information sessions in November for those who are interested in learning more about GRCC’s Police Academy. The dates and times are:

Wednesday, November 10 at Noon

Wednesday, November 17 at 3 p.m.

If you are interested in attending you can fill out the link below and then we will send you a Zoom link. The link is also available on the GRCC Police Academy website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Criminal Justice Department at

Member Purchase Program exclusive deals & Cyber Sale

As an employee of GRCC, you are eligible for special pricing and sales from Dell!


Limited-quantity deals for 48 hours at Black Friday pricing
10/18 8am – 10/20 8am ET
10/25 8am – 10/27 8am ET

Check out offers on your Member Purchase Program Page:
Click through the main banner to access MPP Exclusive offers + available doorbusters. Shop early as some will be limited quantity and will sell out quickly!


New Inspiron 15 Touch Laptop $529.99
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AMD Ryzen™ 5 5500U
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New Inspiron 15 Laptop $849.99
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11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-11390H Processor
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11th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Processor
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11th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Processor
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Windows 10 Home

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Upcoming Offers

Sneak Peek: November 1
MPP Early Access: November
Black Friday Week: November 22 – 27
Cyber Monday Offers Start: November 28

GRCC In the News 10/20/2021

GRCC Theater Department’s ‘Tigers Be Still’ roaring back after being paused more than a year by pandemic

10/13/21 La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 13, 2021:  The show – specifically, “Tigers Be Still” – will go on for Grand Rapids Community College’s Theater Department, just a little later than planned!

GRCC launches industrial sewing certificate program


Lisa Knight’s company creates unique products by “upcycling” used materials, but the skills needed to create them are in great demand from a variety of local industries.
Grand Rapids Community College is teaming up with Knight’s company, Public Thread, to create an industrial sewing certificate program to help students gain in-demand skills.

GRCC trying to reunite former student-athletes with awards they’ve won

10/19/21 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Tucked away in a nondescript room in the back of Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Field House, decades of the school’s athletic history sits in dusty boxes and in neat stacks on the floor.

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GRCC wants to return awards, trophies to former student athletes

10/19/21 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Community College Athletic Department is in the process of returning some hard-earned trophies, awards and plaques to student-athletes. 

Reporter’s notebook

10/19/21 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College is teaming up with Public Thread to create an industrial sewing certificate program to help students gain in-demand skills.

Annual gala awards scholarships to local students

10/19/21 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Community to Honor Cesar E. Chavez held an in-person awards gala for the first time in two years Tuesday. 

… “I have a lot to really look forward to,” said Jorge Martinez, a Grand Rapids Community College student who was one of the students who received a scholarship.