GRCC plans job fair to connect people with rewarding facilities careers, maintaining campus to help students learn

Student walking in the snow.

Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a job fair to connect people with jobs in its Facilities Department, offering rewarding careers maintaining and supporting the college

The event is planned for 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 in room 214 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE.

The event will cover open positions, highlight the benefits of working at GRCC, and walk participants through the application process.

The college has openings on its custodial, grounds and maintenance teams.

“Our custodial positions are a perfect opportunity for people to start a good and essential career, and take advantage of the college’s tuition benefit to gain in-demand skills to advance at GRCC or elsewhere,” said Cathy Kubiak, GRCC’s executive director of Human Resources. “We have outstanding benefits, and it’s rewarding to be part of a team that helps our college transform lives.”

Patrick Baldridge started at GRCC as a custodian in December 2000, gained experience and skills and now is associate director of operations.

“I absolutely love my job,” he said. “I work with good people, and the things I am able to do can help people and make them happy. We have good salaries, great benefits, and opportunities to move up.”

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Ryel Daye stays hot as GRCC basketball teams sweep Lake Michigan College

Ryel Daye making a basket during a game.

Grand Rapids Community College basketball teams swept Lake Michigan College on the road Monday, with the women’s team earning a two-point victory that came down to the final shot, and the men’s team fighting off many late runs to win 73-61.

Sally Merrill led all scorers with 24 points, and other players came up clutch in pivotal moments for the Raiders in the women’s team’s 63-61 win.

Down eight points in the fourth quarter, GRCC went on a 12-2 run, including two three-point buckets from freshman guard Alysia Wesley to give the Raiders a 55-53 lead.

After two Merrill free throws put the Raiders up 61-58, Lake Michigan College’s Aaliyah Reno tied the game with 16 seconds left. Merrill would be fouled on the other end, this time connecting on two more free throws with under six seconds left. Lake Michigan’s Madison Bailey had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but her shot was too long.

GRCC freshman forward Grace Lodes scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added four blocked shots.

“Very proud of the way our kids battled and stayed with it tonight,” Coach David Glazier said.  “When we got down seven or eight in the fourth they could have packed it in, but they found a way.  Excited to watch them continue to grow as a team.”

The women’s team is on a four-game win streak, improving its record to 9-7 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Lake Michigan fell to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

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Tech Tip: Logging into Peoplesoft

Information Technology has noticed an increase in PeopleSoft Accounts being disabled. This includes the Online Center, CSProd, HRProd, and FSProd. A disabled account causes users to get a login error at sign in stating they need to contact the Support Desk.

To avoid this, we highly recommend logging out of your account before entering into another environment. For instance, switching from the Online Center to CSProd. 

You can log out of your account by selecting the 3 vertical dots at the top left of the page and selecting sign out. Once you have successfully logged out, you will be redirected to the MyGRCC Portal. From there, you can select the new environment.

If you have a need to be logged into 2 different environments at the same time, we encourage you to use a separate browser for each to avoid potential issues.

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 

Recap of January Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) meeting

GRCC’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) met on Friday, January 21, 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 one of our current Strategic Goals and related College Action Projects (CAPs): Infrastructure & Sustainability (Goal 5).
  • The team participated in a breakout discussion about the goal definition, indicators, and CAPs, as well as relevant resources and reports from both a national and internal perspective.
  • Provost Knetl offered an overview of Achieving the Dream (ATD)’s Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT).  GRCC is administering the ICAT from now until February 4th.  
  • SLT Executive Team members provided a summary of the Goals 1-4 breakout discussion feedback submitted during our fall semester SLT meetings.  This included a draft of strategic plan recommendations/
  • SLT’s next meeting is Friday, February 18th.  During this meeting, SLT will continue to review submitted feedback and refine our draft strategic plan recommendations.   We will also be joined by our ATD coaches at the February SLT meeting to review and discuss our ICAT results.
  • 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.

GRCC In the News 01/25/2022

GRCC reports uptick in number of students over the age of 30

1/24/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College says they are seeing a substantial uptick in the number of people enrolling in courses over the age of 30.

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1/23/22 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

GRCC reports uptick in number of students over the age of 30

Fox17

Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College is seeing a substantial uptick in the number of people enrolling in courses over the age of 30. It credits the increase, in part, to state programs such as Futures for Frontliners that cover the majority of tuition costs for older students.

Creator of the 1619 Project to speak at GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series

1/24/22 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nikole Hanna-Jones is set to speak at the Grand Rapids Community College’s 27th Annual Diversity Lecture Series on Jan. 31.