Michigan Reconnect, GRCC student Jodi Holland highlighted by Gov. Whitmer during State of the State Address

Jodi Holland smiling.

GRCC student Jodi Holland was “completely shocked” to pick up her phone and hear Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II on the other end.

“I know he had been getting over COVID, and the first thing I said was, ‘Are you OK? How are you feeling?”

Gilchrist assured Holland he was feeling better, congratulated her on making the Dean’s List, then thanked her for allowing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to tell Holland’s story during Wednesday’s State of the State Address.

Holland, 59, is using the Michigan Reconnect program to attend GRCC with a goal of becoming a professional baker.

Michigan Reconnect is a state scholarship program providing free in-district tuition for those ages 25 and older who don’t already have a college degree.

“We eliminated the cost barrier for 170,000 Michiganders, who are getting skills and better-paying jobs through Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners. These programs boost our economy and empower our people,” Whitmer said in the address

“People like Caroline, a former in-home care provider, and mom of 2 who got straight As her first semester at Mott Community College. And Jodi, a Reconnect recipient—the first of 8 siblings to go to college—she’s on the dean’s list at Grand Rapids Community College. These programs have given them opportunity and opened new doors for their families. I want them to know we’re all rooting for them.” 

During the Winter 2022 semester, 1,075 students at GRCC are enrolled through Michigan Reconnect, and 1,457 are attending through Future for Frontliners, which covers tuition for people who served in essential roles during the state’s COVID shutdown.

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Free stress relief opportunities on GRCC campus today

Mobile Happy Lights, a first chromotherapy relaxation unit, is available to GRCC employees today for free until 6 p.m. on the Juan Olivarez Student Plaza on a first come, first serve basis

The bus is the first to offer stress reduction with nine therapies on one mobile unit. Organizers said the free, 20-minute sessions will help lift moods, improve productivity, or reduce depression and anxiety.

The visit is organized by the Community of Hearts, a Kentwood-based nonprofit founded by Kent County Commissioner Monica Sparks focused on promoting resources for mental health and social and emotional wellness. 

The winners are in

The GRCC Wellness Champions wants to help you work on your individual wellness goals – and has prizes to share along the way. The “Do You” challenge was created to encourage people in all departments to set personal goals based on the seven dimensions of wellness. 

The challenge encouraged GRCC family members to stay focused on wellness and the different things to do to stay mindful of healthy habits during the holiday festivities.

Prize winners for the challenge are: Erin Dietzer from Student Financial Services, who won a GRCC Sweatshirt Blanket; Linda DeVries from Financial Aid, who won a Pink Lounge gift certificate, and Nicole Nyenhuis from Library and Learning Commons, who won a Hydro Flask.

Thank you to all that participated in this challenge!!

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1/26/22 WWMT

(GRCC student Jodi Holland mentioned in State of the State address.)

In address, Whitmer touts progress on roads and education funding and plan to lower taxes

1/26/22 FOX 17

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her fourth State of the State address on Wednesday evening, highlighting the progress Michigan has made in the last year.

… People like Caroline, a former in-home care provider, and mom of 2 who got straight As her first semester at Mott Community College. And Jodi, a Reconnect recipient—the first of 8 siblings to go to college—she’s on the dean’s list at Grand Rapids Community College. These programs have given them opportunity and opened new doors for their families. I want them to know we’re all rooting for them.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Delivers Fourth State of State Address

1/26/22 radioresultsnetwork.com

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her State of the State message, remotely, Wednesday night.

… We eliminated the cost barrier for 170,000 Michiganders, who are getting skills and better-paying jobs through Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners. These programs boost our economy and empower our people.

People like Caroline, a former in-home care provider, and mom of 2 who got straight As her first semester at Mott Community College. And Jodi, a Reconnect recipient—the first of 8 siblings to go to college—she’s on the dean’s list at Grand Rapids Community College. These programs have given them opportunity and opened new doors for their families. I want them to know we’re all rooting for them.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nikole Hannah Jones, creator 1619 project, to give GRCC keynote address

1/26/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project, is scheduled to deliver the keynote discussion at this year’s Diversity Lecture Series at Grand Rapids Community College.

Creator of 1619 Project to speak for diversity series

1/26/22 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

GRCC — Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the The 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, will offer the keynote discussion for the 27th Annual Diversity Lecture Series at Grand Rapids Community College.