Learning Day

Learning Day registration is now open and will close Monday, December 6 at 5 p.m. Registration and session information can be found on the Learning Day website.


Professional Development Hours at Learning Day
In order to document professional development, staff are required to self-report professional development hours.  This does not apply to faculty.
If you have any questions contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu

New MI ECHO scholarship provides tuition-free pathway to GRCC for essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid

GRCC sign in front of tree with yellow fall leaves.

A new scholarship is providing a tuition-free pathway for essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid, putting a life-changing education within reach for more people.

The Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity Scholarship – MI ECHO — is designed to serve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, Temporary Protected Status immigrants, Special Immigrant Juveniles, and others who are excluded from most traditional financial aid opportunities.

The scholarship is funded by private donors and philanthropic organizations and administered by the Michigan College Action Network, a Lansing-based advocacy group focused on increasing college readiness, participation and completion, especially among low-income, first-generation college students as well as students of color.

MI ECHO is for people who cannot access federal financial aid and who worked in an essential job during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with the March 2020 shutdown. Candidates must live in Michigan and be eligible for acceptance into a certificate or associate degree program and cannot have previously earned an associate or bachelor’s degree in any country.

It can be used as early as the Winter 2022 semester, and registration for classes is now open.

“Our community grows stronger when everyone has access to higher education,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect have made it possible for thousands of people to start or restart their education at GRCC. The MI ECHO scholarship will help even more people gain new skills for careers, help their families and change their lives.”

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Recap of November Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting

GRCC’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) met on Friday, November 19, from 9 a.m. – noon.  Here is a recap of the meeting:

  • As part of SLT’s work this year to support the development of a revised GRCC Strategic Plan, the team continued its review of two of our current Strategic Goals and related College Action Projects (CAPs): Equity (Goal 3) and Community Impact (Goal 4).
  • The team participated in two breakout discussions about the goal definitions, indicators, and CAPs, as well as relevant resources and reports from a national perspective.
  • At the close of the meeting, the team recognized and thanked Jim Schafer for all of his support and assistance in conducting SLT meetings, especially the Zoom meetings from fall 2020-present.
  • SLT’s next meeting is Friday, January 21.  In January, SLT will review Strategic Goal 5: Infrastructure & Sustainability and continue to present relevant data and feedback to inform GRCC’s next Strategic Plan.
  • Revised 2018-2022 GRCC Strategic Plan brochures are available!  Please contact LaKenya Gissendanner at lgissend@grcc.edu to request copies.  You can also download the electronic version here.
  • Please contact Sheila Jones, sheilajones@grcc.edu, if you have any questions about SLT meetings.

About the Strategic Leadership Team: The purpose of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) is to provide a forum that enables a wide variety of college constituency groups the opportunity to provide input into the present and future direction of the College.  This team will guide the development and on-going implementation of our strategic plan, review benchmarking data, study budget realities and offer recommendations for budget priorities.  SLT’s membership includes over 90 representatives of the college community.  Please visit this page to learn more about SLT.

CTE December Newsletter

The December 2020 CTE Newsletter is now available.  Highlights include:

  • Quality Matters:  Nov. 30 – Dec. 21
  • Learning Day registration is open now! Pre-register by Monday, December 6 at 5:00PM
  • Growing a Strong Early Alert Partnership – Tuesday, December 7 at 2:30PM
  • Academic Advising Tools (pre-recorded)
  • Curriculog Tutorial Videos (pre-recorded)
  • Lightboard – now available for Zoom LIVE
  • Teaching Techniques from fellow faculty (pre-recorded)
  • Great Teachers – hear what faculty are saying! Applications open in January
  • What Is Whiteness? Series begins in February. Registration is open and space is limited.


Winter 2022 semester HR Learning Opportunities now open for enrollment

HR sponsored employee learning opportunities during the upcoming Winter semester are now open for registration. Navigate to the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account. Make sure you’re on the “Staff” tab.

For your convenience there is a variety of in person, virtual, as well as hyflex sessions planned. Hyflex refers to a session that is in person and virtual simultaneously, and those will be announced soon.

To encourage and ensure attendance, calendar appointments will be sent. Please pay close attention to the format (in person, virtual or hyflex) of the session you plan to attend.

Please be aware that last minute cancellations and no shows do interfere with the facilitation. Please register only for opportunities you can attend as your participation is important to the success of the sessions.

Please reach out for questions or further information.

Tech Tip: Downloading Blackboard files with Edge

Recently, Blackboard made an update that caused an issue viewing documents inside of Microsoft Edge. When a student clicks on a link inside of their assignment folder, they are getting an error screen that reads “404- File or Directory Not Found” 

Currently, we are seeing that mostly students are having this issue. To resolve this, we have included a solution that can be shared with your students

Unable to Open Attachments in Blackboard

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

Student organization advisors needed

Looking to get more involved on campus? Ever considered advising a student organization? At times, new student organizations are without a staff/faculty advisor.

Student Life is looking to collect a list of potential advisors to use to refer student organization leaders in need of an advisor! Does this sound interesting to you? Fill out this form to let us know!

Prospective Faculty/Staff Advisor

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: Additional APA workshops

The Language Arts Lab will be hosting two more APA workshops in the coming weeks. The first will be this Monday, November 22 at 3 p.m., and the second will be the week after Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, December 1 at 3 p.m.

The workshop will last approximately 45 minutes and will cover APA in-text citations, References formatting, and any specific questions you might have about citing. These workshops will be recorded and posted to Blackboard for your access. 

APA Citations 
Monday, November 22 at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, December 1 at 3 p.m. 

The link can be found in Blackboard

Questions? Contact mariamckee@grcc.edu or (616) 234-4244

GRCC In the News 11/22/2021

MI ECHO scholarship helps frontline workers not eligible for federal financial aid

11/19/21; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new scholarship helps essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid get a tuition-free education.

… “Our community grows stronger when everyone has access to higher education,” said Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College. “Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect have made it possible for thousands of people to start or restart their education at GRCC. The MI ECHO scholarship will help even more people gain new skills for careers, help their families and change their lives.”

Vigil planned to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance in Grand Rapids

11/20/21; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A vigil in Grand Rapids will honor those who were killed because of anti-transgender prejudice.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil on Saturday, Nov. 20 is being hosted by Grand Rapids Community College, the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation and the Grand Rapids Pride Center.

 Morning News

11/22/21; FOX 17

(Emergency training for chefs.)


11/21/21; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Teera Wilkins is the new project director of Grand Rapids Community College’s first TRIO Educational Opportunities Center. Over her career at the Michigan college, she has served in various roles, including college navigator, head of its peer-to-peer program and as a member of the Promise Zone team, which provides city students interested in GRCC with information and resources to help them pay for college.

Payroll Thanksgiving reminder

As we prepare to enjoy some time away from work next week for the Thanksgiving campus closure starting on Wednesday, 11/24/21, the Payroll Team has a reminder about your timesheets for the 12/10/21 pay date (for the pay period of 11/15-11/28/21). We don’t want the due dates to sneak up on you post-break!

While timesheets are still due by Monday, 11/29/21, many employees (students, especially!) are in the habit of submitting them at the end of the pay period. Since we will all be out on Friday, 11/26/21, you might want to submit your timesheet by Tuesday, 11/23/21 (or today if you’re out all of next week). Please take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the most accurate version of your timesheet is submitted by Monday, 11/29/21.

And, supervisors, if you’re out for any additional time around this shutdown, please ensure you have a backup approver in place to review and approve timesheets by the deadline of Tuesday, 11/30/21. More information on setting up a backup approver can be found here.