GRCC In the News: July 14, 2022

Grand Rapids Community College receives grant from Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation

7/13/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has received another grant from Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. The grant will be used to help nontraditional students gain welding skills.

Belding to hire Ionia County Sheriff’s sergeant as new police chief

7/13/22 The Daily News (Greenville)

BELDING — This city in the process of finalizing the search for a new police chief

… Working as an ice delivery boy at Wonderland Ice after graduating from Belding High School, (Dion) Sower decided he was ready to tackle his dreams. He earned a degree in law enforcement from Grand Rapids Community College, then submitted one application to work in Belding law enforcement which launched his career at just 28 years old.

Republicans seeking 102nd state House seat share views ahead of primary

7/13/22 MLive

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Three Republicans will face off in the Aug. 2 primary election for the new 102nd state House district.

… (Curt) VanderWall studied for two years at Grand Rapids Junior College.

Nonprofit support services help companies boost refugee employment


Prince Shema arrived in Michigan from the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Ethiopia in 2013. With help from a local nonprofit organization, he completed an independent living preparation program while going to high school. 

… Many refugees had careers in their home countries and starting over in the U.S. — in the same field or a new one — takes much more than landing a job. Treetops (Collective) serves as a connector between the refugees they serve and other local organizations, including the Literacy Center of West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works!, to help individuals achieve their career, educational and personal goals.

Construction association president retires; new hire chosen

7/13/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

A construction trade association in the region named its new president following its current leader’s retirement.

… (Norm) Brady maintained a high retention rate among nationwide ABC chapters during his tenure. He also was a proponent of partnerships with local organizations such as West Michigan Works!, MIOSHA, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the West Michigan Construction Institute.

Congratulations to Kaelee and Travis Steffens

Kaelee Steffens (the new program director for the Advising & Transfer Center upon her return) and Travis Steffens (the Challenge Scholars success coach) as well as Rohen (big brother) were excited to celebrate the arrival of Rosalie Steffens on July 12 at 11:42 p.m. Kaelee knew she was a “big girl” and weighed in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was induced a week early due to her size.  Kaelee and Rosalie are both doing well.

Rosalie Steffens lays in a hospital bassinette.
Rosalie Steffens

Policy review and updates

Policy Meeting

June 2022


  • Updated policy statement
  • Updated “reason for policy”
  • Updated definitions for A, B, and D
  • Updated procedures A and B

3.2 Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

  • Updated links to ensure WCAG compliance (several links are now identified by the title of the webpage, rather than the web address).
  • Removed outdated links to certain forms, including the Disability Accommodation Request Form (“DARF”) due to the fact that these forms are subject to continued changes to remain compliant with applicable laws.
  • Updated contacts.
  • Added section regarding confidentiality to clarify that information provided in connection with an accommodation request – or information regarding the nature of an accommodation – should remain confidential unless a student or employee has given consent for the information to be disseminated.

6.24 Drug and Alcohol Policy

  • Updated “GRCC Campus Police Department” to “GRCC Police Department” throughout the document. 
  • Updated Policy Statement: 
    • Previous sentence: The GRCC Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of state underage drinking laws and enforcement of Federal and State drug laws.
    • New sentence: GRCC Police are responsible for enforcement of all City, State, and Federal laws relating to drug and alcohol possession, use, sale, or distribution.
  • Add a related form: “GRCC Police Crime Statistics Form (available on the GRCC Police Department Webpage)”
    • Note for the policy team: This form is for clery reportable crimes. The statistics are compiled at the end of the year and included in the Annual Security Report. 
  • IX.C.3. Added the word “only”. The full sentence now reads: “Use of alcohol on campus or during work time (wherever the work is located) is only permitted for work-related social, educational purposes, or non-work time on campus at our Fountain Hill Brewery and Heritage Restaurant.”
  • X.G – Added this statement: “If a CSA becomes aware of a drug or alcohol related crime that occurs on campus or during a GRCC sponsored event, that crime must be reported to GRCC Police.”

Please visit our College Policies website to see all college policies.