Retirement bio of Mansfield Matthewson

For nearly 20 years Mansfield Matthewson has served GRCC as the Director of Purchasing.

He will fondly remember wonderful colleagues he met along the way and he wants to especially mention and recognize Melissa Davis Stasiak for being incredible every step of the way.

Mansfield has a special memory of participating in GRCC Idol, when he sang “Unforgettable” to a crowd of adoring GRCC fans.

He enjoyed presenting supplier diversity statistics to the Board of Trustees and leading the Supplier Diversity Team.

Mansfield was honored to lead the CAP 3.2 (Build an Inclusive Campus for All) and co-lead Strategic Goal #5 (Infrastructure & Sustainability) in which incredible work was accomplished.

Mansfield is waiting to exhale =)….take the summer off and seek a meaningful activity to fill his time during retirement.

Mansfield proclaims: “It’s been a great ride!”

Congratulations and best wishes Mansfield!

Workforce Wednesday: Kelsey Volkers uses skills learned in GRCC Medical Assistant program to help others

Liza Barry, clinic manager at Lakewood Family Medicine, wants the best and the brightest when it comes to her medical assistant staff. Lakewood is a large family practice with 18 providers. The office, located in Holland, sees more than 1,600 patients a week.

“This environment is not for everyone. It’s a fast-paced, busy office,” Barry said. “Because of that, I am very upfront with potential externs and future employees. It can get a little hairy!”

Barry has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College’s Medical Assistant program for the past eight years.

“We have the best relationship with GRCC. I know the instructors and the curriculum, so I am confident of the skills the students have when they start here,” she said. “I truly appreciate the help I get from Linda Witte. She understands our work environment and does a great job of matching our needs with the students who will thrive at our practice.”

Witte is the program manager for healthcare programs offered through GRCC’s Workforce Training department.

“We work very hard to ensure that our students are a good fit for the workplace they are going into for their externship. I want to set them up to succeed.”

Kelsey Volkers is a successful alum of the program. Volkers graduated in June of 2014, did her externship at Lakewood Family Medicine, and has worked there ever since.

“Liza was really honest about the volume of patients we see – it can be hectic but I like to be busy,” Volkers said. “Of course, I was a little intimidated at first but I feel like I was really well prepared.”

Volkers credits her instructor for providing the basic skills that she has used for the past eight years.

“My instructors real-life experience was so helpful in knowing what it’s like to be an MA. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy all the medical terminology and just learning about so many different areas of medicine.”

Volkers really enjoyed the program.

“We were held to a very high standard,” she said. “At first, I didn’t think I could do it but they give you the tools you need to succeed. It was nice to prove myself wrong.”

Barry has big plans for Volkers’ future. She is now spending some of her time supporting management and is now also the Supply Coordinator.

“I am responsible for ordering medical supplies, and tracking immunizations for all their pediatric patients. I love the variety of this work. It’s different every day. We see patients of all ages and conditions. Some come in for regular check ups but some are really hurting. You really have to be empathic.”

GRCC’s Medical Assistant Program prepares people to take a national certification exam and empowers them to succeed in a changing healthcare environment.  The focus of the program is to prepare capable medical assistants in the knowledge, skill and behavior learning domains. 

The 772-hour program is designed to take 22 weeks to complete. Each student completes a four-week, competency-based practicum experience.

On successful completion of the program, students are prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant national certification exam through American Medical Technologists.

The next session of GRCC’s Medical Assistant program begins July 27, 2022. Additional information is at

GRCC In the News 06/22/2022

 GRCC students selected for Johns Hopkins graduate program

6/21/22 Grand Rapids Magazine

Three Grand Rapids Community College students were accepted to a five-month program at Johns Hopkins Schools of Medical Imaging. 

Morning News

6/22/22 WZZM

(John Bos baseball and softball games.)

John Bos All-Star games return for 1st time since 2019

6/21/22 FOX 17

The John Bos All-Star baseball and softball games returned on Tuesday for the first time since 2019 because of the pandemic.

Warner selects 8 students for 2022 Diversity Scholarships

6/21/22 Detroit Legal News

Warner Norcross+ Judd LLP has awarded scholarships to a total of eight college students through the firm’s Diversity Law, Business and Scholars programs.

Eman Naga has received a Diversity Law Scholarship, which is a competitive academic scholarship for students of color administered and awarded by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Gavin Savercool has been selected for the Clearing Sky Christensen/Warner Norcross + Judd Business Scholarship, given to a student pursuing a business degree and awarded through an endowment at the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

Dean of Liberal Arts candidate presentations on 6/23 & 6/24

The Dean of Liberal Arts screening committee invites the campus community to attend the candidate presentations. 

The presentations are available in-person and virtually. We would encourage anyone who can attend in person to join us in ATC 168 (Auditorium). 

Candidate 4: Thursday, June 23 from 10:00 – 11:00 am in ATC 168 or live streamed

Candidate 5: Friday, June 24 from 10:00 – 11:00 am in ATC 168 or live streamed.

Dean of STEM candidate presentations on 6/28, 6/29, 6/30

The Dean of STEM screening committee invites the campus community to attend the candidate presentations. 

The presentations are available in-person and virtually. We would encourage anyone who can attend in person to join us in ATC 168 (Auditorium). 

Candidate 1: Tuesday, June 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in ATC 168 or live streamed

Candidate 2: Wednesday, June 29 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm in ATC 168 or live streamed

Candidate 3:  Thursday, June 30 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm in ATC 168 or live streamed.