Here to Help: Lakisha Beck is a campus ‘go-to’ person to connect students with resources to be successful

Lakisha Beck 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 Lakisha Beck. Lakisha works in the Student Records Office and maintains the tools and processes you use to measure your academic progress, whether you are working towards graduating with a certificate or a degree.

“Although my job as the assistant registrar for graduation is primarily behind the scenes, when I get a chance to work with students, I really do enjoy it,” she said. “I’m always willing to help anyone that is in need, whether it’s about their education, or connecting them to resources.”

Lakisha also enjoys telling people in her community about the opportunities that can be found at GRCC, and that she’ll be there to help them out when they come to campus.

“Whenever I find out someone does not have a degree, I always try to encourage them to come to GRCC to earn a credential,” she said. “They will have me on campus as a go-to person, but will soon have others that can help them along their education journey as well. I try to make them feel comfortable even before stepping foot on our campus.”

Lakisha is confident in the college’s ability to meet students where they are, and help them to their “next,” because of the amazing team she works with in the Student Records Office. Not only do her coworkers make working at GRCC a breeze, but she knows she can always count on them to be there for her and the students.

Lakisha knew that after high school that she wanted to go to college, but couldn’t decide on a clear path. She came to GRCC after high school thinking about earning a degree to work as a registered nurse. But as she took classes, and gained on-the-job experience working on campus, she decided she wanted a career in higher education.

After graduating from GRCC, Lakisha returned to the college as a contingent employee in the Grad Specialist position in the Student Records Office. She was hired permanently into that position in 2011.

Lakisha knew continuing her education was key to her career advancement, so she transferred her GRCC associate degree to Ferris State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2016. Two years later she was hired as the assistant registrar for graduation in the Student Records Office.

She also continued her education at Grand Valley State University and earned her Masters of Education, Adult and Higher Education in 2019.

“I attended GRCC because I knew it was affordable, it was close to home, and I had heard a lot of great things about it, so it wasn’t even a question if I was coming here or not,” Lakisha recalls. “I knew I wanted a college degree and I was determined to do just that, and I did! GRCC started me on my educational journey and I’m glad to say that it has definitely been beneficial for me.”

You can connect with the Student Records team at, by calling (616) 234-4121 and online at

Grace Lodes leads GRCC women’s basketball team to fifth win in a row

Grace Lodes making a shot.

Grace Lodes scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team to a 59-48 victory over the visitors from Ancilla College on Wednesday.

The men’s team fell short in a game where the lead changed 13 times.

The women’s team (10-7, 6-1) is on a five-game winning streak, holding on to the second spot in the MCCAA Western Conference standings. GRCC has now beaten Ancilla (4-7, 1-6) in six consecutive games, dating back to 2019.

Alayah Chapman, with 16 points and 18 rebounds, kept the Chargers in the game, with her team trailing by just one at the half. But the Raiders pulled away late in the third quarter and never looked back.

GRCC freshmen Sally Merrill and Karissa Ferry combined for 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists.

“Tonight, was not one of our best performances and credit for that goes to the effort and play by Ancilla,” Coach Dave Glazier said. “Our kids found a way to get it done and I’m proud of all 11 tonight.  I know to a person they understand they’ve got better basketball in them.

The men’s game was fast-paced, with the lead changing throughout the contest. But GRCC fell by a final score of 103-98.  The Raiders dropped to 8-11 overall and 3-5 in the conference while the Chargers improved to 10-3 and 6-1.

GRCC had a chance in the final minute after Andrew Moore made it a two-point game and then got a steal on the other end. But Moore couldn’t get the game-tying basket to fall and the Chargers held on.

“Great team effort tonight,” Coach Joe Fox said. “Came up a play or two short, and once again, post-game we talk about the little things here and there.  I’ve been telling my guys all year we’re building for March, and I still think we’re right there. There will be some good and some bad to break down on film. But at the end of the day, you have to be the team that makes the winning plays.”

Point guard Danyel Bibbs had his best performance in a GRCC uniform, putting up a team-high 27 points and six assists. Bibbs was 10 of 14 from the field and 6 of 8 from the free throw line.

Brockton Kohler knocked in six of the Raiders 13 three-pointers and finished with 25 points.  Moore finished with 19 points and eight rebounds. Ryel Daye added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Round two of the MCCAA Western conference schedule begins on Jan. 28 at Mid Michigan College. Both GRCC teams won in their first meeting on Jan. 3.  The women’s team tips off first at 1 p.m. 

GRCC In the News 01/28/2022

Commentary: Innovation districts can help Detroit build on success

1/28/22 Crain’s Detroit Business

Like many other states and cities, Michigan and Detroit have faced significant challenges in recent decades. The development of innovation districts is one investment that has helped cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Atlanta weather these challenges.

… Innovation districts concentrate universities and medical institutions, mature firms, startup companies and entrepreneurial support organizations in urban settings to amplify their economic and social impact. One Michigan example is the Grand Rapids Medical Mile anchored by Michigan State University, the Van Andel Institute, Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College. Innovation districts often aim to increase incomes and wealth for a broad swath of residents through supplier diversity, workforce and talent development and affordable homeownership.

Nominations being sought for 2022 Emeritus Faculty Award – due by noon on Feb. 11

You are invited to nominate a GRCC retired faculty or administrator for the Emeritus Faculty Award.

This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors and administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. 

During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence.”

Please submit online nominations by noon on Friday, February 11, 2022.  For more information, please visit the website.