Road Closure Notice – Fountain St NE


WHEREDivision Ave to Library St
DESCRIPTION OF WORKBuilding work with large crane in the roadway.
CLOSURE TYPEComplete closure and detour of Fountain. Parking restricted and maintain north sidewalk. Open to local alley access only.
DETOUR ROUTEEastbound: Division to Ransom to Fountain.
STARTMonday, February 7, 2022 – 8:00 AM
ENDTuesday, February 8, 2022 – 4:00 PM
CONTACT COMPANYAll State Crane & Rigging

Update on WMHIP-BCBS Coverage for OTC COVID-19 Tests-Effective February 1, 2022

GRCC Employees enrolled in the WMHIP-BCBS health plans can get over-the-counter COVID-19 tests in-person at Walmart, Rite Aid and Sam’s Club pharmacies

  • Effective February 1, 2022, WMHIP-BCBS members can obtain free, over the counter COVID-19 tests in-person at BCBS at-home testing preferred pharmacy network.
  • The preferred network includes pharmacies within Walmart, Rite Aid and Sam’s Club stores.
  • Members must get tests at the pharmacy counter and present their Blue Cross member ID card.
  • You can find information about the preferred pharmacy network at

If you purchased an at-home test between January 15 and January 31 or purchased an at-home test ordered by a provider and want to be reimbursed, submit this BC/BS Member Reimbursement form. BC/BS members must complete the member reimbursement form and mail it in (along with receipts). BCBS Member Reimbursement form is also available through your member account. 

Coverage from non-preferred pharmacies
Starting February 1, BC/BS pharmacy benefit manager will reimburse you if you purchased a test online or at a non-preferred pharmacy you can be reimbursed for $12 or the cost of the test, whichever is lower. To request reimbursement, submit thisCovid-19 Test Optumrx Reimbursement form.

Additional information on OTC Covid-19 Test Coverage:

  • Each member can obtain up to eight qualifying, FDA-authorized at-home tests every month. Some test kits include two tests per box. Those kits would count as two tests.
  • To qualify for the preferred network, tests must be obtained on or after February 1, 2022.
  • An order from a qualified health professional isn’t required to obtain over the counter at‑home tests from the preferred network.
  • Blue Cross continues to pay for diagnostic laboratory tests if they’re FDA authorized and ordered by a qualified health professional. Coverage is under the medical plan.
  • Reimbursement doesn’t apply for tests used for employment purposes.

You can also order Covid-19 tests from the federal government is offering four free tests to all households. We encourage you to place your order if you haven’t done so already.  

If you have any questions please email or call Debra Davis ext-4175 or Maria Belmares Herrera ext-4052.

Here to Help: Linda Witte supports students working to help others through careers in healthcare

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 Linda Witte. Linda develops and manages health certificate programs for GRCC. Specifically, she manages GRCC’s Medical Assistant, CNA, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy Skills Training programs.

Linda also is also developing a Direct Support Professional program, and is assisting with Surgical Technologist and Anesthesia Technologist programs.

This work is as dynamic as it sounds.

“I meet with employers to find out their hiring needs and put together short-term training programs to fill their needs,” Linda said. “Secondly, I oversee the best group of trainers who have a big heart for students. Thirdly, I work with potential and current students — from wanting to know more about health careers, to encouraging their success once they are in our programs, to celebrating with them once they’ve successfully completed the program. I ensure that our curriculum teaches students what the profession needs them to know, and I arrange for the student’s clinical placements.”

Linda is an advocate for healthcare careers, and not just because there is great demand for highly skilled professionals. She knows quality healthcare has a big impact on people’s lives, and it’s a great field to work in.

“It’s so rewarding to make an impact on a person’s ability to be healthy and lead a fulfilling life,” she said. “Like many people in healthcare, my interest started with a family member who was seriously ill — my brother had leukemia. Because of that, I was exposed to a lot of different health professions as I was growing up. I really liked the idea of being able to help a person’s mental wellbeing, so I majored in psychology and social work. I worked in a lot of different health professions including pharmacy, CNA, administrative work, adult foster care, and medical assisting.”

This breadth of experience gives Linda an edge as she develops and manages healthcare programs for the college.

“There are so many choices for people in health careers and it’s fun for me to help people consider their options,” she said. “I can also relate to those who may be nervous thinking about going back to school, as I went back after 24 years to continue my education. If I can do it, others can too!”

Linda’s first job at age 14 was in a pharmacy and she’s been employed in healthcare ever since. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Social Work, from Calvin University.

Her career after college focused on behavioral healthcare in roles including direct care, activity therapy, resident advising, and finally staff educator. As Linda’s career evolved she wanted to become more involved in helping staff and programs grow. She returned to college to earn her master’s degree in Public Administration and Management from Grand Valley State University.

“All of these experiences came together to equip me for the position I’m in now,” she said.

There is no choice between who Linda enjoys working with more in her current position – local employers, GRCC students, or GRCC staff — she loves them all!

“We have employers who care that this career is fulfilling to employees, and who want to support the success of our students,” Linda said. “Plus, our staff of GRCC trainers is the best! I love to hear students talk about how their trainers go the extra mile to support their success. Finally, our students are amazing! They are passionate about making other people’s lives better. Our students are so resilient at working through obstacles with determination in order to obtain a certification and career in healthcare. Their stories move and inspire me.”

POSTPONED – Conservation on Drugs: Challenges and Solutions

Jennifer Devine’s Great Decisions lecture on Monday, February 7 is postponed and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined. 

A new date will be posted for her lecture as soon as it is confirmed.  

Should you need anything additional or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience, either by phone or email, so I can be of further help.

Stacey Herrick, Social Sciences & Psychology Departments

 (616) 234-4283 / 

In collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, a free lecture sponsored by the American Association of Geographers, International Geographical Honor Society, and GRCC Social Sciences Department, featuring the distinguished Visiting Geographical Scientist Dr. Jennifer Devine, Associate Professor of Geography at Texas State University.

For more information contact Dr. Mike DeVivo at (616) 234-4410 or

Tech Tip: Peoplesoft Troubleshooting

Do you work in Peoplesoft? Have you ever received an error message or noticed missing menus that were there before?

It may be an issue with how the browser is communicating with Peoplesoft. Try to clear cookies and cache following the instructions in the link below. This will help to determine if it is an issue with your browser or with the Peoplsoft application.

Please call the Support Desk if the issue persists after clearing cookies and cache and restarting the browser.  

Clearing Cookies and Cache

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 

February CTE Newsletter

The February CTE Newsletter is ready! We have added more opportunities and resources.  See the CTE website for registration information. Highlights include:


GRCC In the News 02/04/2022

Michigan professor strives to diversify the field of music education

2/3/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Shannon Shaker says she was in her third year of graduate school when she realized she had never programmed a single piece of music that was composed by a woman.That revelation inspired Shaker, who is the new director of bands at Grand Rapids Community College, to dedicate her career to creating more equitable and inclusive practices in the field of music, and helping more women become composers.

News at 4 p.m.

2/3/22 FOX 17

(GRCC vaccination clinic.)

Mas estudiantes mayors estan comenzando, o reiniciando, su education

2/4/22 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN- Más estudiantes adultos están comenzando, o reiniciando, su educación en Grand Rapids Community College, en las inscripciones para personas de 30 años en adelante, un 14% por encima de los niveles previos a la pandemia, ya que los estudiantes adultos aprovechan los programas estatales gratuitos.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More adult students are starting, or restarting, their education at Grand Rapids Community College, with enrollment for those 30 and older 14% above pre-pandemic levels, as adult students take advantage of free state programs.)

Family Saturday Swim is BACK

Just as the cold winter winds blow and the snow piles up and you’re dreaming of sunshine and warmer weather — an opportunity comes along to enjoy a Saturday morning in the Fieldhouse pool with your family! 

Save the date of Saturday February 5, 2022 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) on your calendar!

The Fieldhouse Pool will be open for aquatic amusement and the concession stand will provide a lunch to all participants (courtesy of HR).

Then you can stick around and continue the family fun as the Raider Basketball teams play at 1 p.m. (women’s) and 3 p.m. (men’s) in the arena. Admission is free!

Please register so we can keep track of the participant number.

Questions or more information contact

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Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: MLA and APA workshops next week

Next week the Language Arts Lab will hold 4 workshops covering MLA 9 and APA 7 citations. These workshops will benefit anyone who needs to cite sources in MLA or APA format or will need to for future essays and assignments.

During the workshops, we will:

  • Learn about citation resources
  • Review rules for in-text citations & works cited entries
  • Discuss any specific questions you might have 

These workshops will be held via Zoom and will last approximately 45 minutes each. Please refer to the workshop schedule and their corresponding Zoom links below.

APA 7 Workshops will be held during the following dates and times:

Tuesday, February 8 at 1pm
Thursday, February 10 at 3pm

APA workshops Zoom link in blackboard.

MLA 9 Workshops will be held during the following dates and times:

Monday, February 7 at noon
Wednesday, February 9 at 3pm

MLA workshops Zoom link in Blackboard.