New Grand Rapids Promise Zone director Ashlee Mishler has spent career connecting students to life-changing opportunities

Ashlee Mishler smiling.

Ashlee Mishler has spent her career connecting students to life-changing opportunities, experiences she plans to lean on as Grand Rapids Community College’s new Promise Zone director.

Mishler started in the role last month, overseeing Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarships, which eliminate cost as a barrier to a quality GRCC education for eligible students. About 400 students are using the scholarships to attend GRCC this semester.

Mishler is the point of contact for prospective students and families who want to learn about the Promise Zone, and will continue helping students once they start attending GRCC.

“They can work with me if they just have questions about GRCC all the way through their time as a student,” she said. “While they will have a team of staff who will assist them at various points of the process, they are always welcome to connect with me.

“Knowing the impact my college experience had on me and helping students shape their own experience is what I love most. Students who didn’t think college was for them, or maybe had different plans, helping those students realize that college is for them is really exciting.”

The Promise Zone scholarship is available for students who live within the city of Grand Rapids and graduate from one of the 25 public, public charter, or private high schools located within the city limits. The program covers the cost of tuition and other expenses for GRCC’s associate degree and job training and certification programs.

Eligible students have five years to access these funds from the time they graduate high school. Once enrolled, they must take at least six credits a semester. Students who opt to attend a different college or university can still use the Promise Zone scholarship as a GRCC guest student during the summer semesters.

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Here to Help: Kelsee Brozek helps music faculty, students work in harmony

Kelsee Brozek smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Kelsee Brozek. Kelsee is here to help in the GRCC Music Department by creating a space where students can build a community and connect with each other, connect with their faculty and learn about resources around campus.

As the support professional for the Music Department Kelsee keeps the day-to-day operations of the department running smoothly, and ensures her colleagues have everything they need to be successful while teaching GRCC students. She also helps music students with any needs they might have — from general questions, to help with enrollment, to scheduling a practice room.

Kelsee knows navigating college can be tricky and that it helps to have someone by your side who has been there. This is where her experience as a GRCC student, and in other areas of the college, comes in handy.

“I have the perspective of a student and of a staff member, which is a great resource for students,” she said. “College is scary enough, having a friendly face to connect with and point you in the right direction can make all the difference in the world to a student.”

Kelsee graduated from GRCC in 2011.

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Digital Cafe Open House

Thank you to everyone who could join us at our Open House on December 1st. We showcased our walk in space that is open Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm to staff and students.

Swag and tours were given out to those that stopped in for a brief visit. Here are a few photos to show you how awesome the space is. Please stop by anytime!

Course Packs due Friday, December 10

All course pack files, planners, orders, and SKUs are due on Friday, December 10 to make sure they are in the bookstore in a timely manner for the students to purchase prior to the start of classes.

If you are planning to do a course pack and it is a reprint, please notify the bookstore.

If you are doing a new or updated course pack, please send your file and planner sheet (if needed) to and notify the bookstore that you are needing a new course pack for your class.

If you have any questions, we can be reached at (616) 234-3960 or

Thank you,

GRCC Bookstore end of term schedule

Monday through Friday, December 13 – 17

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday through Wednesday, December 20 – 22

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Return Your Rented Books — DUE BY Friday, December 17, 2021

Come to the store in-person to check in your rented title using your phone number. Or ship your book(s) using the carrier of your choice at your expense. For check-in accuracy, include your Name, Phone Number and Patron ID with your rental return. You will receive email reminders which will include return instructions before your due date. All emails list your Patron ID.

$ell Your Books at the GRCC Bookstore

Not using your book any longer? The bookstore may be able to pay you as much as 25-50% of the book’s original price, especially if the book is being used on campus next term.  Must have a student ID to sell books to store.

  • Pages should not be torn or missing.  Print should not be obscured with heavy writing or highlighting.
  • Textbooks with water damage, stains, and/or pages sticking together are not considered in “good condition” and may not be sold to the bookstore.
  • Loose-pages and 3-hole punched course materials and physical access codes may not be sold to the bookstore.

Financial Aid will be available for bookstore purchases beginning Monday, January 3, 2022.