Versiti Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 14

The Office of Student Life and Conduct will be hosting a Versiti Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in ATC Room 122 & 124.  

Donate blood and save lives! Sign up today.  Drop-ins are also welcome.

All donors will receive a $10 e-gift card.

Donors: it is important to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy meal and stay hydrated before, during and after your appointment.

GRCC Tech Tips

Thank you for making Tech Tips such a successful collaboration! 

We hope that you have been finding valuable insights into the time-saving technology tips that we have been sharing with you! These tips are shared with us from customers like you!

If you’ve found a technical tip or workaround that makes your job, or your team’s job easier, we need you to share that with us! We don’t always know what we don’t know so please share anything and everything. Ideas can be sent to

When you submit an idea to, please detail what the tip is in regards to, the process or steps to perform the function, and if possible, link any related articles that would best help us draft a post to GRCC Today.

One of our team members will develop either a written post for GRCC Today or create a brief video based on the tip to share with others when applicable. We will always review our developed content with you, the content expert, prior to sharing it with the campus community. 

We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you, and sharing your tips with the campus community!

My Story Started at GRCC: Phong Nguyen says culinary program’s hands-on approach helped him open Monsoon Vietnamese Cuisine

Phong Nguyen’s training at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has allowed him to share the dishes from his native Vietnam with West Michigan.

Nguyen opened Monsoon Vietnamese Cuisine at Monroe Center this summer – “a dream come true for me.” But he began working on that dream as a GRCC culinary student.

“I appreciated how hands-on the program was,” he said. “I was able to practice my knife skills and my cooking skills every day. All the teachers and instructors were super friendly and helpful!”

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

Nguyen, who arrived in the United States in 2013, earned an associate degree in culinary arts in 2017 and then transferred to Ferris State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and management.

“It was a good deal since all of my courses from the culinary arts were transferable,” he said. “I was able to get my bachelor’s degree in two years!”

Nguyen’s experience includes work in many kitchens in Grand Rapids and Indiana. He has prepared meals for a senior living community, a catering company and in private homes.

He continued to plan for his own restaurant someday. He, Tai Nguyen, Kevin Nguyen and Thuan Truong formed Vietbrothers Restaurant LLC and celebrated the launch of Monsoon this summer.

“The many years of hard work, dedication and finding funds to open my restaurant paid off!” Phong Nguyen said.

“The GRCC Culinary Arts program helped me significantly for who I have become and equipped me with the skills I needed to succeed.”

Let GRCC help you start your story. The first chapter starts at

GRCC volleyball team tops two tough opponents to bring win streak to four games

The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team has four matches in a row, on Saturday defeating two nationally ranked opponents at the Owens Express Invitational.  

 GRCC, ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, opened against the defending region champions, Terra State Community College, which is ranked No. 6 in the preseason poll.  With the exception of one set, the Raiders dominated the match, taking down the Titans 25-12, 25-27, 25-12, 25-13.

Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Torres, who had a team-high 58 kills in last weekend’s tournament, led the team again with 15 kills against just three errors, hitting a solid .364. She also led the team in digs with 11.  Karissa Ferry added eight kills while sophomore setter Shannon Russell totaled 31 assists, seven digs and four of the teams 15 total aces.

GRCC was tested in its final match of the day against the defending Division III champions Owens Community College. GRCC came out on top in five, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11.

Sophomore middle hitter Eliza Thelen was nearly unstoppable in the match, going for a career-high 16 kills and a career-best .538 hitting percentage. Thelen compiled 22 kills versus just three hitting errors on the day.

“We did a great job winning today’s games, not only physically, but mentally,” Thelen said. “Going to five sets in a game is very draining. But we were able to come together as a team and execute a victory.”

Kara Hecht was the team’s leading point scorer with 15 kills, five blocks and an ace.  Audrey Gower and Vienna Koenigsknecht finished with 15 and 13 digs, with Hecht and Torres each tallied 12 digs.

Alena Visnovsky, a sophomore middle, led the team with 12 blocks, making her season total 29.

GRCC is now 4-2 on the season.

GRCC will have the next 20 days off to prepare for a big northern trip where it will play five matches in five days, including matches against three new opponents: North Central Michigan College, Bay College and Delta College.

GRCC Lakeshore Campus manufacturing classes getting a boost through partnership with Lakeshore Advantage, MEDC

Grand Rapids Community College is gaining new equipment to help students learn in-demand career skills through a partnership with Lakeshore Advantage and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

The GRCC Lakeshore Campus is one of three programs in Ottawa and Allegan counties to be supported through the Michigan Workforce Training Center Equipment grant program, intended to improve or expand area training programs for health care and automation.

“Our training providers are educational catalysts for the ongoing development of our local workforce,” Lakeshore Advantage President Jennifer Owens said. “As lakeshore companies continue to grow and expand, the need for a trained workforce becomes more pressing. The Michigan Workforce TEC grant program helps ensure our training providers have the appropriate equipment to help workers and students achieve the credentials and skills needed to be successful in today’s marketplace.”

The GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland Township was awarded $49,875 which will be used to purchase equipment that will allow for advanced automation training for the local workforce. These funds will also provide certification opportunities under Smart Automation Certificate Alliance and FANUC certifications.

“GRCC values our collaboration with Lakeshore Advantage, Holland area employers and the MEDC to give local residents the ability to gain skills they need for today and for the future,” said Julie Parks, Grand Rapids Community College’s dean of Workforce Training. “Industry 4.0 adoption is strong in this region, and this additional equipment is another piece that allows GRCC to make sure the workforce is ready to produce products that make Michigan a manufacturing leader.”

This funding awarded was part of a $3 million statewide funding program for the Michigan Workforce TEC Grant Program to support the needs of qualified training providers that provide workforce training for qualified employers and individuals in Michigan.  Lakeshore Advantage was one of several area economic development organizations that administered the program on behalf of the state.

Thompson M-TEC/Ottawa Area Intermediate School District SD was also awarded $49,875 which will be used to purchase equipment to train on a FANUC/Miller ARC Robotic Weld Cell and offer FANUC specific certifications in robotic welding processes.  This equipment will be housed at the M-TEC center located in West Olive.

Allegan County Area Technical Education Center which offers 19 technical training programs as well as vocational training opportunities for students with special needs. ACATEC, located in Allegan, was awarded $30,400 by Lakeshore Advantage to be used to cover the cost of training equipment for students working to earn Patient Care Tech and EKG certifications.

Lakeshore Advantage is a non-profit local economic development organization started in 2003 by business and community leaders to ensure current and future generations want to live and work in the region’s vibrant economy. Lakeshore Advantage assists primary employers, from startups to large world-class corporations, in West Michigan’s Allegan and Ottawa counties.

More information on the Michigan Workforce Training Center Equipment Grant Program can be found here.

GRCC In the News 08/29/2022

Working students have scheduling options at Grand Rapids Community College this fall

8/26/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Students won’t have to choose between working and attending college to start or restart their education this fall semester at Grand Rapids Community College.

West Michigan workforce training programs awarded state grants

8/28/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Three training programs in Ottawa and Allegan counties were awarded dollars from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s workforce training center equipment grant program.

The grant program, administered locally by Lakeshore Advantage, awarded $49,875 to Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore Campus in Holland, as well as $30,400 to the Allegan County Area Technical Education Center, and $49,875 to Ottawa Area ISD’s Thompson M-TEC center.

GRCC donates 73 tables to replace damaged ones at Fruitport schools

8/26/22 Grand Haven Tribune

FRUITPORT — As staff prepared to bring kids back to Fruitport Community Schools, an unfortunate discovery was made inside a storage unit where classroom supplies were being kept – mice had chewed through the carpets.

Get ready for Involvement Day 2022: Sign up to table and meet students

Student Life will host Involvement Day 2022 on Wednesday, September 7 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

This event is designed to pull together our campus student organizations, departments and programs as well as community organizations to build community and inspire involvement! 

We will provide tables and chairs as well as any other accommodations.

Welcome Week Involvement Day Tabling sign up

Photos from Involvement Day 2021

Employee Exercise Classes for Fall 2022 semester

How do you take care of YOU? Exercise is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress, build strength, increase energy, and boost mood.

We are fortunate at GRCC that complimentary exercise classes are available to all employees. Wellness is fundamental to job success and workplace satisfaction. 

Great news! Spin is BACK!!! 

All classes are 45 minutes. All levels are welcome. Modify to meet your own fitness needs and goals. For more information, please visit the Employee Exercise website.

Mondays — 5:15-6:00pm

Spin with Kelly

Room 213 FFH

Tuesdays — 12:00-12:45pm

Strength Blast with Lannie

Room 213 FFH

Wednesdays — 12:00-12:45pm

Raider Strong with Lannie

Room 213 FFH

Thursdays — 12:00-12:45pm

Fitness Fusion with Lannie

Room 213 FFH

Please take a moment to register for Fall 2022 semester employee exercise participation. The registration form includes the waiver and calendar appointments will be sent to you so you allot the time to join the workout each week.

As always, please contact if you have any questions or need further information.

To inspire you, please enjoy this message from Amanda Kruzona, a “regular” at employee exercise classes.

What is your “Wellness Why”? shared by Amanda Kruzona

What makes you “choose” employee exercise at GRCC?

  • Access. I don’t have to drive anywhere to get a quality workout, I can clean up before returning to work, and I don’t have to pay for it.
  • Satisfaction. I have never regretted a workout.
  • Accountability. I have someone looking out for me, making sure that I stay motivated.

What benefits do you enjoy from participating?

  • Better mood
  • Easier gratitude – my mood, positivity, self confidence, etc. allow me to appreciate life more.
  • Self confidence
  • Better focus
  • Better sleep
  • Positivity
  • Healthier choices

How does GRCC employee exercise help make you a better employee?

  • Teamwork/camaraderie. I feel the effects of having someone you work with support you on something simple like doing one more squat so I know how it might feel to someone else when you motivate them to do something that improves their work life. Meeting people in informal settings allows you to make more meaningful connections which is a stronger foundation for building relationships as well.
  • Motivation. Because I can do hard things like burpees, it makes it easier to do things that are hard professionally.
  • Enables work/life balance. I appreciate my work day and get more done so I can spend more quality time with my family. It saves me from having resentment against either.

What motivates you?

  • Life longevity
  • Happiness
  • Role model for family

Fall 2022 employee learning opportunities open for enrollment

Nearly 40 professional development sessions have been added to the schedule. Several new options this semester! Many interesting, engaging ways to earn your PD credit.

Both in person and virtual formats available.

To enroll, visit your Online Center account, select the Professional Development tile. Session descriptions available as well as dates, times, formats and locations.

Calendar appointments will be sent to hold the time on your calendar. Please be respectful and only register for sessions you are able to attend. Participation is important to the success of the sessions. No shows and last minute cancellations interfere with the facilitation.

Are you seeking job specific training to help you learn more about the functions of your role at GRCC? Talk with your supervisor to learn more about how you may be able to access your department resources to attend conferences, participate in webinars and trainings, and more. Employees are also encouraged to apply for SSPD and IIPD grants to support professional development and job skill growth.

As always, any topic suggestions are welcome!

Winter 2023 employee learning opportunity registration will open around Thanksgiving.

For questions or more information, please contact

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

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 for assistance.

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