Social media accounts at GRCC and new measures to safeguard your passwords

There has been an increase in issues related to GRCC social media over the last year, from accounts being hacked to passwords being lost. That makes pages inaccessible and with outdated information. Students rely on these accounts when they’re looking for colleges. We need your help.

GRCC policy 15.3 Web & Digital Content includes safeguards to prevent passwords from being lost and to ensure the college will always have access to accounts. It also provides guidance and support if it is determined new accounts are necessary.

The policy calls for:

  • Each social media account to have at least two account administrators assigned in order to maintain access to passwords and contact in an emergency.
  • All GRCC social media accounts to add the communications director or their designee as an administrator.
  • The Communications Department to be provided with the names of the site administrators and the passwords for each page, and must be notified if any changes or additions to maintain access to passwords and emergency contacts.
  • For accounts maintained by student organizations, passwords and site administrator names to be shared with the Director of Student Life and Conduct, or their designee.
  • Employees wishing to create a department-, course- or organization-specific social media account to submit a plan to the Director of Communications for maintaining the proposed social media page and ensuring its content is updated and passwords maintained. The application is available here.

The policy also includes social media best practices and guidelines, which will be helpful for all. You can find them here.

CAP 3.4: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team – Call for clothing donations! “Wear the Rainbow: A Trans & Genderqueer Free Clothing Event”

Time to clean out your closets. GRCC’s CAP 3.4 is working with community partners for “Wear the Rainbow: A Trans And Genderqueer Free Clothing Event,” Nov. 13 on GVSU’s Pew campus. The event creates access for people to explore gender expression in a safe and celebratory environment.

Please drop off your clean and gently used clothing in GRCC’s Student Life Office in the Student Center by Nov. 5. A drop-off box will be located near the student organization mailboxes.

Please contact Ximón Kittok at with any questions.

My Story Started at GRCC: Dental hygienist Carrie Sheets says ‘amazing’ education prepared her for rewarding career

Carrie Sheet smiling.

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.

“GRCC is amazing!” That’s Carrie Sheets’ summary of her college experience.

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and we’re celebrating the work hygienists do in keeping our teeth and gums healthy!

Sheets was a student in GRCC’s Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs and now serves in those roles at Brennan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Grand Rapids.

Both GRCC dental programs prepare students to take Michigan’s licensing exams. The 10-month Dental Assisting program includes experience in a dental office. Dental Hygiene is a three-year program in classroom and clinical settings.

Sheets really appreciated the programs’ hands-on opportunities, especially with the GRCC Dental Clinic, which provides preventative services to the public.

“They were amazing at helping me with my success in the dental field,” she said of her instructors. “I learned a lot working with the community in the Dental Clinic.

“In fact, my favorite memories at GRCC are working in the Dental Clinic and making an impact on the community.”

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

Benefits Fair and Wellness Fair Wednesday

Wednesday October 27 from 11a.m. – 3p.m.

ATC Rooms 122,124

Employees are encouraged to stop by the Benefits Fair to get answers to your health care questions direct from the vendors. Human Resources/Benefit Representatives will be also be available to assist employees with their online open enrollment.

  • BC/BS Representative will be available to assist with questions on coverage.
  • Flex Administrators will be there to help you answer questions on Flexible Spending Accounts: Health Care and Dependent Care.
  • Annuity Vendors will be available to answer your 403b questions and/or get you set up to save for your future.
  • LMCU will be there with information on the many services offered from the credit union.
  • Group Aflac will be there to discuss various voluntary benefit options
  • Meet with Aflac Agent to enroll or obtain information on short term disability voluntary benefit cost.

We will have many more vendors in addition to these listed

Open Enrollment Starts today!

Each year, open enrollment gives employees the opportunity to reevaluate their benefits. It’s a chance to switch health plans, add coverage and shop for voluntary benefits such as Flex Spending and Aflac. The Open Enrollment period for employees to add, drop, or make changes to benefit plans will be October 25th through November 5th.

We will be holding WMHIP informational meetings. All benefit eligible employees are welcome. If you have any questions regarding WMHIP health plan options, coverage, or need assistance with completing open enrollment forms HR/Benefits staff will be available to help:

·     Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  ATC Auditorium Room 168

·     Monday, November 1, 2021 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm Virtual Open enrollment Registration Link

·     Tuesday, November 2, 2021 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Sneden Hall Room 108 

FSA/HSA Informational Meetings

·   Thursday, October 28, 2021 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. FSA/HSA Webinar-Registration through Professional Development in the Online Center

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debra Davis at (616) 234-4175 or Maria Belmares Herrera at (616) 234-4052

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

This week in the CTE

~ How Do You Handle: Students Who Monopolize Discussion or Don’t Engage in Discussion & Confrontation or Heated Discussion

~ Classroom Observation Training

And don’t forget – the CTE offers the following Asynchronous Online Courses:

  • Classroom Emergency Preparedness
  • Design and Deliver Inclusive Courses
  • Blackboard Basics Online
  • Blackboard Grade Center
  • Quality Matters Rubric Online

For descriptions and registration instructions, click here.

ODEI honors PRIDE OUTside the Box – Da’Shaun Harrison

Event is at Noon (EST) and virtual

𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟳
The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness

𝗗𝗮’𝗦𝗵𝗮𝘂𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗻, a fat, Black, disabled, and nonbinary trans writer, abolitionist, and community organizer, facilitates workshops on Blackness, queerness, gender, fatness, disabilities, and the intersection at which they all meet.


PRIDE OUTside the Box illuminates scholar-practitioners, artists, and initiatives that critically examine socio-political, economic, and identity issues from an intersectional framework (Crenshaw, 1989).

GRCC In the News 10/25/2021

COVID-19 booster shots available Oct. 27 at Grand Rapids Community College vaccine clinic

October 22, 2021; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a community COVID-19 vaccine clinic where booster shots will be available for those who are eligible.

Michigan reports 2-day total of 7,505 new coronavirus cases, 118 deaths on Friday, Oct. 22

October 22, 2021; MLive

Michigan health officials reported two-day totals of 7,505 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 118 confirmed COVID-19 deaths for Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Wednesday, Oct. 20.

(A photo of a GRCC vaccination clinic at the Lakeshore Campus illustrates this article; the caption promotes of the upcoming clinics.)

GRCC to Get EPA Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant

October 22, 2021;

The EPA announced the selection of 10 organizations to receive a total of $3.8 million in funding for a new grant program that will help build the water workforce and connect individuals to career opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utility sector, as well as expand public awareness about the opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater utilities.

… The selected recipients for the 2020 and 2021 Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program are:

… Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan)

Good things on The Lakeshore

October 22, 2021; WHTC

HOLLAND (WHTC-AM/FM) — Each week, Shandra Martinez, managing editor of The Lakeshore, talks with WHTC morning-news anchor Peg McNichol about people and organizations making a positive difference along the Lakeshore. Below are highlights of their conversation on Oct. 20, 2021.

… GRCC launches industrial sewing certificate program. GRCC partners with innovative textile ‘upcycling’ manufacturer Public Thread to start an industrial sewing program. Students can earn an industrial sewing certificate program while gaining in-demand skills.