Picnic lunch on Opening Day

Please join the GRCC Foundation and Dr. Olivarez for a picnic lunch on Opening Day in the Raider Grille. 

Thursday, August 25, 2022 


Location: Raider Grille

We will be serving food from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and we look forward to welcoming you all back for another amazing academic year!

Please take the time to stop by and say Hi! 

Your EAP is available 24/7, 365 days a year

Did you know? Your Employee Assistance Program is available 24/7, is CONFIDENTIAL and available to all employees (except student employees), their spouses and children living in their household.

We encourage all employees to take advantage of these services offered. EAPs deal with a variety of issues such as depression, anger management, anxiety and physical illness.

All EAP consultations and referrals are CONFIDENTIAL and the services are provided at no cost. You can access EAP services 24-hours, 7 day-a-week the hotline number is (800) 442-0809 or (616) 455-6210.

EAP – A Guide to Your Benefits

HR Notification: Personal & Emergency Contact information

Did you know you can review and update your personal and emergency contact information that is currently on file with Human Resources? 

To do so, visit the Online Center and select the Personal Details tile. Navigate to Addresses, Contact Details (for phone numbers), and/or Emergency Contacts from the left side menu to review and update the information. 

If you need assistance with updating your information, please contact Nicole Dekker at nicoledekker2@grcc.edu

HR Notification: Recent changes to reporting conference attendance

Beginning this year, employees will be asked to self-report conferences they’ve attended since July 1, 2022, as this information will no longer be loaded into training summaries. 

Self-reporting professional development is quick, easy, and can be done through the Online Center.

Visit the Professional Development/Training Summary webpage for step-by-step instructions or contact Nicole Dekker at nicoledekker2@grcc.edu for assistance.

Please note: A Leave of Absence form will still need to be completed, as needed. 

Order your T-Shirts and Hoodies through GRCCePRINT

You can now order your T-Shirts and Hoodies through the GRCCePRINT online Store Items.

We have Gildan and Bella+Canvas quality shirts available to order.

Once you log in, click on the Store ITems icon and then click on Marketing Items-Shirts and Hoodies and place your order.

Have any other marketing items you are interested in? Give us a call or send us an email, grcceprint@grcc.edu, and we will be happy to assist you.

Tech Tip: Utilizing multiple desktops

If you are a single-monitor user (or even if you use an external monitor) it may be handy to have multiple virtual desktops. Juggling different projects on the same computer can be tricky but using a virtual desktop can be very similar to using multiple monitors giving you more space to work.  

Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting. You can add an unlimited number of them as well.

These instructions can be found in the knowledge base article titled Utilizing Multiple Desktops. Please feel free to bookmark it for future reference.

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

GRCC In the News 08/15/2022

Lieutenant Governor Promotes Michigan Reconnect Program

8/12/22 WSJM

The bipartisan Fiscal Year 2023 Michigan state budget includes $55 million to continue the Michigan Reconnect program. The program pays community college tuition for Michigan residents aged 25 or older who have never earned a degree. Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist spoke at Grand Rapids Community College this week and said more than 100,000 people have applied to take advantage of the opportunity.

See crowded field of candidates running for school boards in Kent County

8/12/22 MLive

KENT COUNTY, MI – There’s a crowded field of candidates running for school board races in Kent County.

… Here’s the list of candidates who have filed in each school board race in Kent County, starting with the two community colleges.

Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, 6-year term (elect three)

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! 😎

Raider Rally 2022 volunteers needed

Raider Rally 2022 – Save the Date! 

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m  – 1 p.m.

Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza

GRCC’s annual Raider Rally is coming soon. New students enrolled for the fall semester are invited to come to campus to join faculty and staff for a fun, welcoming event. 

We will have food and free giveaways. Additionally, students will be able to speak with academic departments and student organizations. Students will also be able to get their RaiderCard and books, and tour campus. 

We need your help to pull off this huge event.  If your office or department would like to host a table that day, please fill out this form: Department Sign Up

We also need volunteers to help for the day. We need folks to greet students and their guests, check folks in, direct people, and serve as building guides. Volunteer Sign Up

Have questions? Email Lina Blair (linablair@grcc.edu) or Lori Cook (lcook@grcc.edu)

Information Station volunteers needed

Hi Everyone!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Information Stations that will be set up for the first three days of the new semester.

Sharing in the excitement of new opportunities, easing nerves, and helping students find their way is a great way to start the semester and show our students that we support them.

As we have in the recent past, we will have stations set up Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 29 through August 30 in four locations.

The stations on the north end of the Dr. Juan Olivarez Plaza, the first floor of Sneden Hall and the fourth floor of the Finkelstein (Main) Building will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

The station at the second floor entrance of the ATC will be open from 5-6:30 p.m.

Here’s the link to sign up! F22 Info Station Sign up

LEAP cohort begins in September

Lead.Engage.Apply.Perform — A supervisory cohort experience is returning for Fall 2022.

This an exciting professional development opportunity for those who hold leadership and/or supervisory roles at GRCC.

The cohort will meet every 3 weeks. The first session starts on September 23, 2022 and the last session is on November 4, 2022.

Friday, Sept. 23

Friday, Oct. 7

Friday, Oct. 21

Friday, Nov. 4

If you are interested in this opportunity, please review the flier below for more details. 

Email Laura Caulk at lcaulk@grcc.edu to indicate your interest by answering the following question: How do you think this program would benefit your current role?

LEAP A Supervisor Cohort Experience. Lead Engage Apply Perform GRCC Human Resources is partnering with Though Design on an exciting opportunity for those who hold leadership and/or supervisory roles. We will be offering the LEAP Program again this fiscal year! We will focus on creating relationships, accountability and consistency across the college. The program will provide a foundational learning experience that prepares participants for the challenges of everyday management and supervision. Participants will take deeper responsibility for their own learning, development and performance. The program will include a cohort model where participants will meet once a month. Specific details to follow. LEAP topics may include: Foundations for leading/supervising, including leading self and others. Creating healthy culture. Practices for feedback and communicating with candor. Creating healthy agreements and accountability. Inclusion and connection. Managing change. The leader’s toolbox – skills and strategies for emotional intelligence, problem solving, decision making and other leadership tools. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Laura Caulk at lcaulk@grcc.edu. Indicate your interest by answering the following question: How do you think this program would benefit your current role? GRCC. Thought Design. LEAP will be led by Denise VanEck, a veteran in the design and delivery of learning. Currently the owner of Thought Design in Rockford, Michigan, Denise has developed learning experiences for teams and individuals around the world for more than 25 years. Denise’s background includes a role as Chief Learning Officer in the financial services industry, 15 years as an executive coach, and author of the bestselling Leadership 101. Denise has four adult children, four grandchildren, and she lives in Rockford, Michigan.