GRCC’s Arie Jackman headed to Central Michigan University to be part of the college’s first golf team in 37 years

Arie Jackman swinging a golf club.

Grand Rapids Community College golfer Arie Jackman is headed to Central Michigan University, selected to be part of the university’s first golf team in 37 years.

CMU men’s golf coach Kevin Jennings late last month announced his inaugural class of eight signees, all graduating high school or community college at or near the top of their respective classes, according to the university.

Jackman graduated from GRCC after attending Caledonia High School. This year he was GRCC’s captain and shot a 224 to capture medalist honors and win by eight strokes at the Michigan Community College Athletic Association championship.

His time at GRCC included earning All-MCCAA and All-Region honors and maintaining a 3.75 grade point average. His finished the season ranked No. 82 in the NJCAA Division I and II.

“Initially the thing I like about these guys is that they’re all intelligent,” Jennings said in a CMU post. “They prove it through their academics. They’re great people and hard workers. Those elements allow for us for us to create a solid foundation for the revitalized Chippewa men’s golf program and where we would like to go and eventually be.”

CMU, located in Mt. Pleasant, competes in the Mid-American Conference in the NCAA’s Division I.

“We will work tirelessly to provide them with the resources to move them towards their desire to improve and be more competitive. I tell them, ‘We can write this story the way we want to; we are an open book with blank pages. These guys are willing to step up and take the challenge of a new Division I program.”

On-campus watch party for Open Education Summit, July 25-26

GRCC is entering its second year of membership within the Open Education Network. One of the many benefits is free attendance to the virtual Summit hosted by the network. This annual set of talks covers a wide variety of topics related to the adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER), and takes place all next week. 

While registration is now closed, Lauren Woolsey (faculty member and OER Coordinator) is holding open office hours and a watch party on campus, this Monday 7/25 and this Tuesday 7/26. Drop by on campus anytime from 12 noon to 5 PM on those days for active session viewing or open discussion! Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions!

The topics, speakers, and specific times for virtual sessions are listed at OEN Summit. Monday’s focus is on general updates to ongoing work in the OER community; Tuesday’s focus is on social justice in open education.

Contact Lauren at if you are interested in joining at any point during the two-day hosted time. 

Stay cool GRCC

Ohana Ice is returning to GRCC! 

Complimentary shaved ice treats for all GRCC employees courtesy of Human Resources!

Tassell MTEC

MTEC parking lot

Thursday, August 11

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

GRCC DeVos Campus 

Administration Building parking lot

Thursday, August 11

2 p.m.4 p.m.

GRCC Main Campus

Juan Olivarez Student Plaza

Tuesday, August 16

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

See you there! 😎

Workforce Wednesday: Support for apprentice programs helps GRCC partner with local firms, boost opportunities for students

Jared Doot smiling.

Buist Electric has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College for more than 15 years on an apprenticeship program, but a recent grant expansion is creating opportunities for students to gain valuable skills while completing their education.

Buist has about 70 apprentices enrolled in the GRCC Electrical Apprenticeship program, which allows students to work and gain hands-on experience while taking classes.

The federal Expanding Community College Apprenticeships grant helps with expenses for students in apprenticeship programs. This year’s award expanded opportunities for support.

The program is led by the American Association of Community Colleges with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, and is aimed at boosting the number of apprentice programs and services throughout the country.

The ECCA project will be conducted over 3 years and will train 16,000 apprentices. GRCC is one of just three colleges in Michigan to be included, and former GRCC President Bill Pink served on the advisory board.

Jared Doot is a third-year apprentice and appreciates the opportunity.

“Becoming an electrician was truly a leap of faith for me,” he said. “I had been working in the IT field for 15 years when I decided to make a major career change. I have a family to support so I needed a situation that would provide income and training at the same time. Buist and this apprenticeship program was an answer to my prayers. The fact that my employer covers this expense is amazing.”

Books for the GRCC Electrical Apprenticeship program typically cost students about $400.

Kim Kohlhoff, human resources manager at the Byron Center-based Buist, sees the impact this award has had at her company.

“It may not seem like a significant amount. But when you multiply that by 60-70 employees, it is a great deal of money,” she said. “It was a huge benefit for us as an employer to be able to support our employees, but then to receive funds back that we can pour back into the company. As an employee-owned company, this has a positive impact for all of us. We are so grateful to ECCA and GRCC for making this connection and supporting the skilled trades industry.”

Tech Tips: Google Team Drive Security

Do you have an employee leaving, transferring, or joining your department and you would like to update their access to the departmental shared folder in Google Drive? IT has empowered managers of Google Team Drives to update access for their employees. 

You can add or remove users from your team drive by following the steps listed in our knowledge base below. 

Add/Remove Members to a Google Shared Drive

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 07/21/2022

 Metallica is Funding a Michigan Welding Program

7/19/22 WRIF

Metallica seems to have a love for Michigan, as the metal band is investing in a local community’s colleges welding program for a fourth year. The funds help non-traditional students get real-life training in welding.

The grant comes from Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, “a non-profit, philanthropic organization created by the members and management of Metallica, dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services,” according to a statement. The funds are going to Grand Rapids Community College’s welding program, which has has invested a whopping $185,000 in the program over the past four years, according to a release from the college. More than than 100 students have earned certificates through the program since its start in 2018.

Art exhibit in Bay Mills celebrates Native American tradition and history

7/19/22 The Sault News (Sault Ste. Marie)

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Waishkey building in Bay Mills will be displaying an extensive collection of photographs July 20-21 to celebrate Native American traditions.

… The couple took multiple history classes about Native American history and (Scott) Laursen took photography classes at different schools, including Grand Rapids Community College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. 

Construction begins on 52-unit affordable apartment project in Belknap Lookout


GRAND RAPIDS — Construction has started on a $12.2 million housing project in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood that aims to bring housing affordability to a rapidly growing area of the city. 

… The project is near a number of amenities including a bus line, Coit Park, a school, Medical Mile and Grand Rapids Community College’s campus. In addition, the development is designed to integrate tenants of the development into the surrounding neighborhood, (Milinda) Ysasi said.

West Michigan Works! moves Holland office

7/19/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

A regional workforce development agency relocated a service center along the lakeshore.

… “The location provides great visibility for the service center,” said Angie Barksdale, COO at West Michigan Works! “We’re also very excited about the proximity to key partners Grand Rapids Community College and Department of Health and Human Services.”

Assets and Access: The winning compound that fuels Life Sciences in West Michigan


Greater Grand Rapids is home to one of the largest manufacturing centers in the country, including leaders in sustainable practices and industrial design. Our IT industry is growing at a rate of nearly 18 percent. Fifteen colleges and universities, including a Big Ten medical school, call Grand Rapids home. Innovation and strong work ethic, unique public-private partnerships, and a collaborative spirit are hallmarks of this community. It’s no wonder that the life sciences industry is thriving here. We take a closer look as part of our series on local investment.

… The university has expanded research facilities in Grand Rapids to accommodate new research strengths, with the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center opening in fall 2017. This $80 million, 163,000 square-foot biomedical research facility is designed as collaborative space and it anchors the west end of Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile. This one-square-mile section of downtown stretches east up Michigan Street encompassing the Secchia Center, VAI, Spectrum Health’s main campus – including a dedicated pediatric hospital, heart center and cancer center – GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, the Calkins Science Center at Grand Rapids Community College,  Grand Rapids Women’s Health Center and the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan Surgery Center, along with numerous provider offices.  

Get to know your candidates for the 88th

7/21/22 Grand Haven Tribune

The lines have been redrawn and the incumbents have changed for the Michigan House of Representatives in the upcoming Aug. 2 primary.

… The Tribune did not receive a questionnaire response from (Jeffrey) Noel. According to his LinkedIn page, he has an associate’s degree in economics from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business law from Arizona State University.

Alert system aims to warn Calhoun County in emergencies

7/20/22 WOOD TV

MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) — You can now sign up to receive emergency alerts from Calhoun County authorities for potentially hazardous weather, traffic, and emergency situations.

… Later that year, Rave Alerts helped to warn the community around Grand Rapids Community College that a gun magazine had been found on campus, delaying classes.

Zoom Licensing

In an effort to make requesting access for software and applications easier for our customers, Information Technology will be taking over the provisioning of Zoom Licenses from Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (DLIT).  

How will this affect me? 

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that is used by GRCC Staff and Faculty to host and attend virtual meetings and classes. Free Zoom Basic accounts are available to all students, staff, and faculty and may be used to host meetings 40 minutes in length, or less, that include up to 100 participants. These free accounts can be created by the user following the directions in our Knowledge Base article Creating your Zoom Account.

Anyone needing to host a meeting longer than 40 minutes or with more than 300 participants, can request a Zoom Pro Licensed account. 

The Zoom License Account Request Form only needs to be completed if you are in need of a new license. If you previously were granted a license from Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies, no action is necessary as your license will remain active.

To Request a Zoom Pro License, please complete the Zoom License Account Request Form on our Customer Support Portal.  

If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to contact us at 616-234-4357 or by submitting a support request at our Customer Support Portal.