HR notification: Retirement Expert not a college sponsored company

You may have received an email this week from Alexa Brown at Retirement Expert 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

Audrey Torres, Audrey Gower have career nights as GRCC volleyball completes perfect northern roadtrip

Audrey Torres and Audrey Gower had career nights helping the Grand Rapids Community College team finish off its northern trip with a perfect 5-0 record, extending the Raiders’ win streak to nine games.

After toughing out a 25-22 first set win against Delta College, GRCC won the final two easily, 25-6 and 25-17.

“Overall, I think this trip was a super great experience for all of us,” said Torres, who hit a career-high .438 during the last match. “We had so much success throughout the five days with not dropping a single set and finding ways to keep grinding even when we were all mentally and physically exhausted. Everyone was able to get some playing time and it was awesome seeing everyone show up and prove themselves. This last game was such a great way to wrap up the trip as we left it all out there on the court and had fun doing it.”

Torres’ finished with a match-high 16 kills with just two hitting errors while adding an ace, four digs and two blocks.

Gower, who just picked up her 600th career dig on Monday, added a match-high 21 digs, which was also a career best in just three sets. She also tied for the team lead in service aces with two.

As a team GRCC played extremely well in all aspects of the game and they had to, playing a solid Delta team that was coming off two straight wins.

The team had just two service errors and four reception errors, while picking up ten blocks and averaging 13 kills per set.

GRCC, the pre-season pick to finish first in the new Northern Conference, won’t play again until Sept. 29 as the team travels to take on rival Muskegon Community College.  

My GRCC Story: Educational Opportunities Center helps Milo Cadman envision a brighter future

Milo Cadman smiling.

Milo Cadman’s educational journey has had some twists and turns.

As a high school student, the Holland native recalled a lot of discrimination towards LGBTQ students. And after his 2018 graduation, he went immediately to college, enrolling at GRCC, but then dropped out after three semesters because of both financial and housing instability.

It would have been hard for him to imagine then where he is now: back at GRCC, studying child development and planning to go to a four-year school after finishing his associate’s degree with an eye toward a career in child education.

Oh, he added with a smile, there’s also his fiancé, gardening and taking care of a menagerie of animals that includes two dogs, four cats, 11 snakes, a bearded dragon, a tarantula, hermit crabs and fish!

Milo is currently working as a Registered Behavioral Technician for an autism center in Indiana, helping kids on the spectrum develop new skills, strengthen current skills and reduce problem behaviors.

He credited GRCC’s TRIO Educational Opportunity Center for helping him get back on a path he could feel good about.

The Educational Opportunities Center connects people with programs and services that help with high school diploma or GED certificate completion, tutoring and mentoring, career exploration, financial assistance and completing college admissions and enrollment processes. The work covers a region of 13 counties.

GRCC was awarded a five-year, $1.16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create the center, where unemployed or low-wage workers, prospective first-generation college students, and other adult learners can work with campus specialists to explore higher education options and connect with on- and off-campus resources and programs to support their educational goals.

“I didn’t utilize EOC until I returned to school a couple of years after dropping out,” he said. “I learned about it when I was trying to figure out how to go about continuing my degree, changing my focus from tech to child development and seeking help with my name change in the system after I had my name legally changed in the time I had away from school.”

The result of reaching out to EOC?

They helped me accomplish all of those things,” he said. “And now I am enrolled in classes to bring me closer to my degree.”

This semester, Milo is taking Human Growth and Development and Biology in Society, both online courses. Those classes are providing the validation he needed to affirm the career shift he made when he left the tech world to work at Head Start in Holland.

“I discovered how much happier I was working with children than I ever was working with computers and code,” he said.

After his recent move to Indiana, he is not sure how the rest of his GRCC education might unfold.

“I don’t know whether I’ll be able to complete my degree in its entirety online through GRCC or if I’ll have to transfer,” he said. “I only have this semester planned out so far.”

But, he added, thanks to EOC, that’s enough. He can envision a future that includes a four-year school and continuing to work and advance his current career.

And as he looks back, he said simply: “GRCC has been pretty good with helping me accomplish my education goals.”

Additional information about the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center is available by email at, by phone at (616) 234-3399 and on the web here.

GRCC In the News 09/21/2022

Athletes to take the pitch in 2023

9/19/22 School News Network (Kent Intermediate School District)

For the first time in Grand Rapids Community College history, women’s and men’s soccer teams will be competing next year.

A promise kept: Flint native donates uniforms to Hamady basketball team

9/19/22 Flint Side

FLINT, Michigan — Playing basketball was always a lifelong dream for Flint native Roy “Rackk” Jackson Jr., but keeping a promise was something even more important he wanted to fulfill. 

… Jackson played college basketball for Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He played professional basketball abroad in Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Croatia. He is signed to the Colorado Springs Crossover Professional Basketball Minor League. 

Mendez promoted to head coach at Olivet


OLIVET, Mich. – After conducting a national search, Olivet College Athletic Director Haley Diringer has found a familiar face to lead the baseball program. An assistant coach for the last three seasons, Santiago Mendez has been promoted to head coach.

… A native of Lansing, Mendez graduated from Lansing Eastern High School. He played baseball for one season at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Lansing Community College (LCC). At LCC, Mendez pitched for one season and was named a 2015 All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association Second Team honoree.

New vaccine rolls out: Where can you find yours?


A new tool in the fight against COVID-19 became available this month. The new bivalent booster works to protect against both the original disease variant as well as new Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants. 

(This article is illustrated with a photo from a GRCC vaccination clinic.)

Fall 2022 Homecoming: Chili Cookoff

Bowl of chili.

The competition is heating up for Homecoming!!

Sign up to enter your chili into the GRCC employee cookoff contest.

All employees are welcome to participate by voting for their favorite culinary creation.

Wednesday October 5 

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

234 Student Center (Multi-Purpose Room)

Cook off participants will receive further details via email following registration.

Please sign up by Friday, September 30.

For questions, contact Angela Salinas or Mary Reed.

Fall 2022 Homecoming: GRCC Spirit Award

In celebration of Fall 2022 Homecoming, the GRCC Spirit Award is back again!

The tradition of the GRCC Spirit Award makes a comeback with updated criteria and a simple nomination process. The criteria are new and fun and the process is easy!  We’re excited to award both a GRCC employee as well as a Golden Raider (GRCC Retiree) with this special honor.  

So, do you know a current GRCC employee or retiree who embodies all things GRCC?  Does this individual have unmatched school spirit and make the College a better place to work and learn? 

If so, then nominate your Raider for the GRCC Spirit Award.  Complete this form detailing how your nominee meets the four GRCC Spirit Criteria (G – Genuine, R – Radiant, C – Captivating and C – Caring) and is deserving of the GRCC Spirit Award.  

GRCC Spirit Award Criteria

G – Genuine — This person is authentic and true.  This individual’s heart and soul aligns with the College’s mission, vision and values, and brings the best to everything.

R – Radiant — This person can have fun like no other.  This individual goes the extra mile to spread positivity and pride within the GRCC family making the workplace and beyond enjoyable and engaging.

C – Captivating – This person engages others by displaying GRCC pride and positive energy.  This individual’s enthusiasm is contagious inspiring others to be better Raiders.

C – Caring — This person makes caring the pinnacle of what it means to be a GRCC Raider.  This individual extends kindness, compassion, generosity and empowerment to all.

Please submit nominations for the Spirit Award by: 5:00 p.m., Monday September 26, 2022

Questions or more information? Please email or Thank you!

The front of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.

Fall 2022 Homecoming: Office Decorating Contest

Deck out your work space to celebrate Homecoming at GRCC!

Office Decorating has been a fun way for employees to enjoy the Homecoming festivities and display their GRCC spirit!

For details on the guidelines and process, please review this document.

Register to include your office or department. Decorating will take place on Spirit Day Friday September 30.

The deadline to be a part of the judging process is Monday, September 26.

Judging will take place on Monday, October 3. 

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 4 via GRCC Today.

For questions contact Erin VanEgmond or Lina Blair.

Fall 2022 Homecoming: Celebrate with the GRCC Pride photo contest

GRCC socks

Show Us Your GRCC Spirit!

Gear Up Raider Nation! Sport your GRCC pride in celebration of Homecoming on two Spirit Day Fridays, September 30 and October 7. 

 Employees, departments, families, retirees, even pets! – everyone with Raider spirit is invited to put it on display.

Suit up in your best GRCC gear – apparel, socks, hats – anything blue and gold works! 

Snap and share photos: individual, department/team, family (kids = future Raiders) and of course photos with your furry friends!  Submit your photos to this online form to be entered into the contest.  

Photos shared by Monday, October 3 will be displayed in GRCC Today during Homecoming week, October 3 – 7, and entered into a challenge for best 2022 Homecoming GRCC spirit.

Winners will be selected from various categories: department/team, employee, student, alumni, retiree and family/pet.

For questions, contact Erin VanEgmond or Lina Blair.