HR notification: My Pension Assistance not a college sponsored company

You may have received an email from Jordan Williams at My Pension Assistance that included a link to make an appointment for a GRCC Retirement Planning Meeting.

Please note, this is a third party marketing company that has not been vetted by GRCC as a viable option for employees to use in retirement planning.

Employees are always welcome to have a financial consultant of their own choosing, but we wanted to make sure anyone receiving this email knew this was not a college sponsored company. 

Employees looking for more information about retirement are encouraged to review the Human Resources Ready to Retire Guide

Thank you

My GRCC Story: Christina Hindley uses Michigan Reconnect to gain career skills while planning record-breaking ArtPrize entry

Christina Hindley isn’t one to back down from a challenge.

So, to be an ArtPrize participant next month, while also juggling four new classes at GRCC and homeschooling her high school senior, leaves her undaunted.

“I’ve juggled more,” she said with a hearty chuckle.

Hindley, 46, returned to the classroom as a student last year after her husband’s Parkinson’s diagnosis made her realize she needed to buttress her resume with some employable skills.

Michigan Reconnect student, she already has earned a GRCC gerontology certificate, a program that sees students study the field of aging, focusing on a basic understanding of processes, programs and policies related to aging, including the biological, behavioral and social aspects of later life.

This school year, she will complete an associate degree in psychology with an eye toward either working after graduation or going on to complete a four-year degree.

“I am going to need to work at some point in the near future,” she said simply. “And I’ll need to have a job that will pay decently. My GRCC degree will help me get there.”

She added that she is grateful for GRCC programs and classes that are helping her discern future career paths. Indeed, she pointed to a class last year on death and dying as being both transformational and vocational.

“It was required for the gerontology certificate,” she said. “But I really enjoyed it, and it made me realize that I maybe wouldn’t mind working in a hospice setting at some point. I think it would be a great fit with my service mindset.”

Her ArtPrize exhibit, titled “For the Love of Hope and Harmony,” also has, Hindley said, a service component.

The piece is 14,114 paper-quilled hearts mounted on board that is four feet by eight feet and arranged to resemble a sunset. Paper quilling is a centuries-old craft that uses thin strips of paper that are then formed into shapes; these shapes are combined into further shapes via artistic pinching and the strategic use of glue.

Hindley estimates that the project totaled hundreds of hours of work from December 2021 to July 2022. But the time invested, she added, was for a greater goal.

“My purpose is to show everybody that we are a lot more similar than we are different,” she said. “All of the hearts are individual but similar and then put together in what looks like a sunset because that’s something that everybody can see all over the world from anywhere you are. So, it’s a unifier. I feel like there’s just so much division right now. I wanted to do something to pull people together.”

As a self-proclaimed Guinness World Records fan — “I was born in the 1970s and loved reading the Guinness books,” she said — the fact that her piece might qualify for a world record is simply icing on the cake.

She’s been in contact with the Guinness World Record folks and, so far, has met all the criteria to set a world record. One stipulation is her work has to be displayed for at least five minutes, and her ArtPrize station (she will be at Park Congregational Church, near the GRCC downtown campus) fits the bill, so she’s hopeful that she’ll qualify.

And if not?

“It’s all just a bonus at this point,” she said. “I’ve always just wanted to be a part of ArtPrize. I can’t wait.”

This story was reported by Phil de Haan.

GRCC In the News 08/18/2022

Creating opportunities for West Michigan’s tech talent pipeline to change the world

8/16/22 Rapid Growth Media

What line of work are you in?

… The increased demand for technology talent affects every sector that students are trained and educated in at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). That includes IT as well as health care, manufacturing, construction, energy and other industries, says Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training at GRCC.

Michigan Tech’s new scholarship program supports community college transfers to the university


HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – Michigan Tech University says a new scholarship program will help students from community and technical colleges follow their dreams to the university.

… Priority will be given to students from Tech’s partner colleges in the MiCUP Program: Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Wayne County Community College District. However, students from other community colleges in Michigan and technical colleges in Wisconsin will be eligible. Additional financial aid and/or student loans may also be available to scholarship recipients.

Prosecutor reviewing case of deputy who shot man

8/17/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The police investigation into the death of a man who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy has been received by the county prosecutor.

… “He (Joseph Nagle) was going to GRCC to become a police officer himself… but then he realized he couldn’t get over the gun part, he did not like guns,” (Courtney) Riva said.

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

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 ( or Lori Cook (