Retirement Celebration for Tina Hoxie

There will be an open house retirement celebration for our Associate Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, Tina Hoxie, on Monday, March 28 from 3-4:30 pm in RJF 108/109 of the Enrollment Center.  

Everyone is invited to stop by and wish Tina the best in retirement as we CELEBRATE her 28 years of service at GRCC!  

Tina’s last day will be on Monday, April 4.

Salute to Women 2022 Awards on 03/29

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) wants to invite you to the Salute to Women Awards .

The awards recognition ceremony will take place Tuesday, March 29 from noon to 1 p.m.

VIMEO LINK: Salute to Women 2022

The award celebrates the accomplishments of women and gender equity advocates who impact the GRCC community.

The award is open to all GRCC stakeholders regardless of gender or gender identity.

GRCC Exercise Science program earns national recognition for efforts to create a culture of wellness

Exercise class.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Exercise Science program  is one of 156 universities and colleges in the nation and five in Michigan honored by Exercise is Medicine for efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.

Exercise is Medicine is a collaboration between the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association. Launched in 2007, the effort encourages making physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere of all abilities.

GRCC’s Exercise Science program earned the organization’s gold level designation, with representatives to be honored at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in June. The program is one of 73 earning the gold designation, with 60 colleges earning silver and 23 earning bronze.

“Exercise is Medicine on Campus is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health,” GRCC professor Melanie Schiele-Gady said. 

“Exercise is a prescription that aids in brain health, body health, and quality of life. We need to continue to educate our campus on the importance of exercise, how to properly exercise, and get everyone working toward the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans guidelines from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is evidence-based guidance to help Americans maintain or improve their health through physical activity.”

Exercise is Medicine’s On-Campus Committee calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community.

The organization launched its recognition program in 2014 to honor campuses for their efforts to create a culture of wellness.

“We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture and give students the tools to cultivate physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,”Exercise is Medicine Vice President Robyn Stuhr said. “These campus programs are nurturing future leaders who will advance a key tenet of Exercise is Medicine: making physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in health care.”

Schools earn gold, silver or bronze status based on their activities. Gold level campuses have created a referral system where campus health care providers assess student physical activity and refer students as necessary to a certified fitness professional as part of medical treatment.

Silver campuses engage students, faculty and staff in education initiatives and make movement part of the daily campus culture while bronze level campuses promote and generate awareness of the health benefits of physical activity.

Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, and Central Michigan University also earned gold recognition, and Michigan Tech University earned silver recognition.

GRCC trustees approve 0.9% tuition increase, part of an effort to keep a college education accessible, affordable

Students in class.

Grand Rapids Community College trustees approved a 0.9% tuition increase for the 2022-2023 academic year, part of an effort to keep education accessible and affordable for students of all ages as West Michigan continues to emerge from the pandemic.

Board Chairperson David Koetje said the increase, approved unanimously today, reflects the college’s focus on keeping a GRCC education within reach at a time when many people in the community are experiencing financial challenges.

“Our college is the place our community turns to during challenging times,” Koetje said. “As West Michigan recovers from this pandemic, we know students are starting – and in increasing numbers, restarting – an education that will help them gain new skills and degrees that will help them move forward. This tuition rate is financially responsible for the college and also reflects our commitment to keeping that education accessible.”

The tuition change comes at a time when students also have several options to attend with education costs covered by state, local, and federal programs. One in five students attending during the Winter 2022 semester has tuition covered by grant or scholarship program. 

Michigan Reconnect is available for residents ages 25 and older who have not yet earned a degree and Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarships are for students graduating from a Grand Rapids high school.

Students also may qualify for a federal Pell Grant, or for scholarships through the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

“Our world has changed, but our mission has not,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “A college education will change lives. Affordable tuition is one aspect of accessibility. We have scheduling options, class formats, and nearby locations that allow students to work around home and job responsibilities. We have support for them once they are here so they can finish what they started.” 

Pink said GRCC leaders have worked to keep tuition increases as small as possible to keep education affordable, especially during the pandemic. He said it was vitally important to provide students continued relief as the region recovers. The 0.9 percent increase follows a tuition freeze last year, a 1.7% increase in 2020, and 0.8% increases the two prior years.

The new in-district tuition rate will be $118 per contact hour, up $1 from 2021-2022, and the total cost for a fulltime student will be $3,999 for the year. The out-of-district rate will be $249 per contact hour, up $2, and the out-of-state rate is $374 per contact hour, up $3. Universal fees will be unchanged. 

The college has other approaches to keep a college education within reach. GRCC has partnerships throughout West Michigan with local school districts and intermediate school districts for Early/Middle College and dual and concurrent enrollment programs.

The GRCC Foundation also works with partners to help with expenses. This year, the foundation plans to award more than $1.4 million in scholarships.

GRCC also is continuing a parking fee structure that allows students to pay once a day, making it easier for them to get to classes and services at the college’s two downtown campuses.

Students can use their RaiderCard to swipe into a lot and pay $3.50, then have unlimited access to parking lots on the Main Campus and DeVos Campus for the remainder of the day. Previously, students were charged $3.50 each time they exited a lot.

The move is intended to save students money at a time when many face financial challenges and prevent parking costs from being a factor in their decision to take a class or access programs.

Tech Tip: Viewing contact information on Google

You can view a colleagues GRCC extension by hovering over their name in Google Products. When you hover over their name a window will appear showing their GRCC email as well as assigned extension. If no extension is displayed, it is likely they do not have an assigned extension. 

View Phone Extensions in Google

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 

GRCC In the News 03/22/2022

 Register for classes at Grand Rapids Community College

3/21/22 eightWest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – It’s open registration day at Grand Rapids Community College! They’re opening up classes for the next 3 semesters, which gives students plenty of time to plan ahead for their education.

Spectrum Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

3/21/22 Spectrum Health press release

GREENVILLE, Mich., March 21, 2022 – In observance of Certified Nurses Day March 19, two Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital nurses shared the significance of gaining additional knowledge through extra certification.

… (Amanda) Reed completed her RN in 2012 at Grand Rapids Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2018 from Purdue University Global. She currently works part time in the inpatient and intensive care units at United Hospital and part time as a clinical nursing instructor at Montcalm Community College.

Morning News

3/22/22 FOX 17

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