Important 2021 year-end payroll information

2021 W-2 Availability

  • Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 14, 2022.
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2022. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

Verify Your Personal Information

  • Verify and update your personal information through the Online Center by following the instructions found at For assistance with personal information changes, please email Human Resources at no later than January 7, 2022 to have the changes on your W-2.

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • NEW 2022 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at New tax forms should be completed if:
    • You moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
    • Your filing status has changed.
    • You are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2022 W-4 no later than February 5, 2022.

1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will have a tax form 1095-C mailed to them on January 31 from PlanSource. You do not need this form to file your tax return, but you should keep this form with your tax records. 

For Informational Purposes Only

  • The 2022 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2022 social security wage base will increase to $147,000.00.
  • The 2022 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will increase to $20,500.00 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over remains unchanged at $6,500.00, for a total of $27,000.00

My Story Started at GRCC: Ricardo Tavárez founded New City Neighbors to provide job skills and leadership training

Ricardo Tavárez.

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.

Ricardo Tavárez liked one of his GRCC classes so much that he took it twice!

Tavárez enjoyed the creative writing course taught by poet David Cope, and what he learned there still plays a role in his daily life.

“Exploring writing and literature with my peers in that class gave me a lifeline in communication skills that I still use to this day, in every area of my professional life,” he said.

Tavárez came to GRCC after a year at a four-year university, an experience he describes as “suffocating.”

“GRCC is a breath of fresh air,” he said. “It welcomes students from all walks of life, from those fresh out of the halls of their high school to established individuals seeking to make a career change to retirees just looking to learn something new.

“GRCC provides opportunities for connection, exploration and discovery, with the benefit of an affordable tuition.”

Connections are important to Tavárez, who has crafted a career in community development. After receiving his associate degree in Business Administration, he earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing at Kuyper College and a master’s in divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary.

“Community development has become my niche over the last few years,” he said. “I’ve done some community development training in Latin America, for example, and served as a consultant with churches looking to get involved with their community with a more socially equitable lens around ethnicity and LGBTQ+ inclusion.”

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Tech Tips: Student employee access extension

Do you have a student employee who will be working with you again next semester? Now is the perfect time to request for their access to be extended with the IT department! If you weren’t aware, access for student employees is only granted on an academic semester basis. 

We’ve simplified the process for you! Please navigate to the Network Account Provisioning Form  on our Support Portal and under request type select extend current access. From there you add the student’s information and submit the request. IT will make sure your student employee’s access is extended for them when they come back to work the next semester. 

For other great tips, visit the IT Customer Support Portal and search the Knowledge Base for other articles.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

A treat for you

Person with white sweater and red gloves holding a hot beverage in a mug.

In celebration of the holiday season, all GRCC employees are invited to stop by The Quiet Cafe (2nd floor, Student Center) or The Sneden Cafe on Thursday December 16 between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. to enjoy a complimentary beverage. 

*Please show your employee ID*

We are offering:

  • Coffee
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Assorted teas

Drink carriers will be available in order to take beverages back to the office.

Thank you for all you are and all you’ve done this year! 

Best wishes for a festive, joyful, and peaceful holiday season for you and yours!

Sponsored by GRCC Human Resources

GRCC In the News 12/06/2021

Wild and Crazy Parts Competition Targets Students


What do a domino and cup game set, a padlock, and an Iron Man head metal sculpture have in common? They are among the top-prize winners of Mastercam’s annual Wildest Parts Competition, an event aimed at cultivating student interest in manufacturing and design.

… The metal bust of Iron Man’s head hailed from the Professional Division. Andy Beach of Grand Rapids Community College test drove the schools new UMC 500 Haas Mill 5-axis machine to make the bust, which he said pushed the size constraints of the machine and had over 100 machined pieces.

 News at 6 p.m.

12/3/21; FOX 17

(New Promise Zone director.)

Manufacturing lab offers core credits, industry certification

12/3/21; (Kent Intermediate School District)

Northview — Juniors Jayla DeGarmo and Lucan Hubbart donned safety goggles recently and worked together to assemble a snap circuit. When Lucan asked for a lamp socket, Jayla reached into a box of colored components and handed one over.

… For now, students who want to go on to earn certification levels 2 and 3 can expect to be dual-enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College. The hope is to eventually be able to offer that certification right on the Career Center’s campus, (Superintendent Scott) Klopcic said.

No. 1-ranked Mott men’s basketball team wins by 30, women lose by 3

12/4/21; MLive

FLINT – Connor Bush and Kelvin Balfour scored 14 points apiece Saturday as Mott Community College’s men’s basketball team remained unbeaten with an 89-59 victory over Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids-area chefs trained to prepare meals after natural disasters for residents, first responders

12/6/21; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Local chefs were trained on how to safely and effectively provide meals for their communities in the aftermath of a disaster thanks to an intensive training program recently offered at Grand Rapids Community College.

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,

Get COVID-19 vaccination, booster shot at Dec. 8 clinic

Student getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

GRCC’s next COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees and community members is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Raider Grill in the GRCC Student Center.

The clinic will offer COVID-19 vaccinations as well as booster shots.

The Dec. 8 clinic is GRCC’s third vaccination clinic in the last three months, with the last two serving about 190 people. But demand for vaccines and boosters is rising, and the college might not be able to offer another clinic for some time.

Save time and create an account and fill out the required vaccine form in advance:

Intersectional Scholarship: Resisting the Tendency to Disconnect, Dilute, and Depoliticize

December 7, 1:00 – 2:30 (virtual)
Michigan State University

NiCole T. Buchanan, Ph.D.

Psychological science has been slow to incorporate intersectionality, the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage, as a concept and as a framework for conducting research. This limits not only the potential for intersectionality theory, but also limits the potential impact of the research claiming to use it.

In this talk, I review intersectional theory and praxis, examine resistance to fully incorporating intersectionality, and highlight how research must shift to be truly intersectional. Finally, I will issue a call to scholars to integrate intersectionality theory and praxis and to resist the tendency to dilute and depoliticize intersectionality theory and disconnect from its social justice framework.