Wellness champions: GRCC Fitness Center is a free resource to help start your fitness journey

Whitney Marsh,director of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, using an exercise bike.

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

Whitney Marsh is director of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, which includes the GRCC Fitness Center. The center has more than 50 machines designed to help you with cardio training and other exercise.

Use of the Fitness Center is free for GRCC students and employees, with special rates for alumni and community members. Hours and other information can be found on the website here

Whitney is among the people who use the center.

“I exercise regularly because it is a stress reliever for me,” she said. “When I exercise, I feel more energetic throughout the day, I sleep better at night, and feel more relaxed in general.”

The very first member of the GRCC Fitness Center? None other than President Gerald R. Ford. He was presented with his official membership at the fieldhouse dedication in 1976.

10-day Equity Challenge starts Nov. 1

GRCC’s Office of Diversity Inclusion and Equity is endorsing an opportunity the United Way is able to offer through our college’s partnership.

The Equity Challenge can help you discover how issues of race and privilege impact our community and everyday lives—whether we realize it or not. The goal is to build long-term habits that empower you to take action in the fight for social justice.

Participants will start each day with a new theme and a selection of related articles, podcasts, videos, and more to choose from. There will also be occasions when you will be encouraged to focus on personal reflection or engage with organizations in your community.

By committing to the challenge, participating in the activities, and connecting with one another, together we’ll be better equipped to identify inequity and act to dismantle racism and all other forms of discrimination.

Beginning November 1: 10-Day Challenge 

This abbreviated version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state and local level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in our community.


Commit to the challenge:

  • Encourage your employees to start each day of the challenge by reading the introduction
  • Explore the topic in-depth using the options provided

Stay engaged:

  • Encourage your employees to capture their daily reflections and actions using our activity log.
  • Explore this work with your employees using our discussion guide. Schedule lunch and learns or times you can gather to reflect.
  • Share your company’s involvement on your social media using the examples below.
  • Connect with local agencies and organizations that work to solve inequities.
  • Find volunteer opportunities, community events, and more by following us on Facebook.

Self-register at  Equity Challenge 

COVID-19 shots and boosters (all three vaccines), Benefits and Wellness Fair, and Flu Shot Clinic all on October 27 from 11 AM to 3PM

COVID vaccine booster shots available for GRCC students, employees, and community members at Oct. 27 clinic

Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center auditorium, 151 Fountain St. NE.

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees and community members that includes booster shots for all three vaccines for those who are eligible.

…. It is recommended that people bring their vaccine card if they are getting a second vaccine dose or a booster vaccine.

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Benefits Fair and Wellness Fair

ATC Rooms 122 and 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

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

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Flu Shot Clinic for GRCC Staff & Faculty

Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center auditorium

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 or community members)

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

ATC AUDITORIUM-Schedule Flu Shot Appointment

Influenza Vaccine Consent Form

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GRCC In the News 10/27/2021

GRCC to offer new sewing program

October 26,2021; Grand Rapid Magazine

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is partnering with a local woman-owned manufacturing business to launch a new certification program.

GRCC Partnering with Innovative Textile ‘Upcycling’ Manufacturer

October 26, 2021;  michiganagconnection.com

Public Thread, a Grand Rapids-based 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 Public Thread, to create an industrial sewing certificate program to help students gain in-demand skills.

Federal government addressing water industry qualified worker shortage

October 26, 2021; WGVU

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investing $3.8 million in developing the next generation of water professionals. A portion of that money, $500,000 awarded to the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College and Bay College implementing fresh water and wastewater introduction and training to middle and high school students and provide opportunities for high unemployment neighborhoods.

Money Set Aside for City, GRCC to Find Water Treatment Employees

October 26, 2021; WOOD Radio

LANSING (WOOD-AM) – $500,000 is going to Grand Rapids Community College, the city of Grand Rapids and Bay College in Escabana to address a water treatment labor shortage.

AAPEX 2021 Announces Winners of Service and Repair Awards

October 26, 2021; autobodynews.com

AAPEX 2021 recently announced winners of the second annual Service and Repair Awards, recognizing and elevating the essential services provided by auto body shop owners, technicians and service advisors to keep the motoring public on the road, even during challenging times.

… Ervine’s Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid and EV are members of several industry organizations, including the Auto Care Association. Eric and Jamie (Carlson) are involved in WorldPac Smart Groups and Women In Auto Care, and are mentors of the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). They also serve on the board of Grand Rapids Community College’s Automotive Steering Committee.