Golden Raider Homecoming Happy Hour on October 6

In celebration of GRCC’s Fall 2022 Homecoming (October 3-7), the Gold Team is hosting another happy hour!

Join in the fun to catch up with former colleagues and reconnect with GRCC friends!

Golden Raider Happy Hour

Thursday, October 6


The Commons

The Commons is a 70’s themed throwback bar/restaurant, located at 547 Cherry St SE (Suite C), Grand Rapids 49503.  For you history buffs…the building was formerly known as The Oakwood Manor, and if memory serves, is the oldest apartment building in GR. The drinks are good and the food is great – we think you will enjoy this trip down memory lane!

Please contact Steve Abid ( to RSVP and for any questions you may have.

October employee learning opportunities

Fall into a great learning experience this October! 

Log into your Online Center account to view session descriptions, details, and enroll!

Tuesday, October 4

Intro To Peoplesoft

Thursday, October 6

Benefits 101

Friday, October 7

Got Grit? Remaining Resilient

Tuesday, October 11

Student Records & Privacy – FERPA

Tuesday, October 11

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership

Thursday, October 13

Formula for Success: Google Sheets

Friday, October 14

Mindfulness Made Simple

Tuesday, October 18

Good People Make Mistakes

Wednesday, October 19

Refreshing Your Perspective

Thursday, October 20

GRCC Accounts Explained

Tuesday, October 25

FSA/HSA Lunch & Learn

Thursday, October 27

Google Tips & Tricks

GEAR UP Wyoming at Van Andel Institute

“How many heartbeats per minute?”

In a science experiment with the small planktonic crustacean Daphnia Magna at the Van Andel Education Institute yesterday, Godwin Heights juniors used clickers and timers to quantify heartrates of the clear carapace often seen as a water quality indicator.

The Godwin juniors then dropped adrenaline, caffeine, or sugar into the small sauce cups where Daphnia were swimming and placed them under microscopes again to check heart rates.

VAEI Instructor Cory Kavanagh led the student scientists through a comparative analysis to see if results lined up with predictions and to discuss implications for human health.

After the experiment, the Godwin Heights science class walked up the hill to the Van Andel Institute for a chat with research scientist Richard Cassidy who investigates arsenic exposure to cells.

“Arsenic in well water is a significant issue in Michigan,” noted Cassidy, a doctoral student who completed his undergraduate degree at Creighton University in Omaha.

When asked by a student about lab success rates, Cassidy said “nine out of ten times” experiments fail, but the data remain valuable. On days when he is not doing lab work, Cassidy added that he writes grant proposals to fund more experiments.

The GEAR UP cohort finished their visit to the hill with a lunch of chicken tenders and fries at GRCC’s Raider Grill.

In its fifth and penultimate year, the GRCC GEAR UP Wyoming grant provides career exploration, college visits, and academic support to the Class of 2024 at Godwin Heights, Godfrey Lee, Kelloggsville, and Wyoming.

Workforce Wednesday: David Puente builds a new life through GRCC’s welding program with a boost from Metallica

David Puente moved to Grand Rapids to be with his girlfriend and start a new life and found a new career through Grand Rapids Community College.

“My vision of Grand Rapids was much different than what I found to be true,” he said. “There are so many opportunities for people and so many resources to help. The Metallica Scholars welding program is just example of how Grand Rapids is different.”

The GRCC Metallica Scholars Welding Bootcamp offers people the opportunity to gain skills for entry level welding positions.  It is a short-term program to get welders work in West Michigan, with the goal of helping these residents grow into apprenticeships or other learning opportunities within the welding field. 

Puente had no experience as a welder but wanted to take a welding training program while he was incarcerated. COVID shut down that idea as all hands-on programs were no longer offered.

When Puente was released, he heard about the Metallica Welding Scholars program through his parole officer, and got in contact with Tassell M-TEC team members.

“I started getting emails and text about the program and I signed up. The people at GRCC have been so helpful.”

The program goal is to build an accessible pathway into the field of welding with a focus on producing ready-to-work welders for Kent County companies. This program works to attract, retain, and graduate people of different genders and racial and ethnic backgrounds to welding careers.

Puente believes it was all it was meant to be.

“I really wasn’t looking for it. It was a real blessing how it all came together. I hadn’t had any welding experience before. I had never held a welding gun. So, when we held that welding gun on practically the first day, I was really surprised at how well I could do it!

“I was excited and a little intimidated at first. Nick Pinckney, our instructor, is very good and very knowledgeable. I had all the confidence in him. He never skipped a beat. His teaching is very thorough and that helped build my confidence. Because of that, I knew I would come out of this class knowing how to weld.”

For many adult learners, class schedule can be a barrier.

“Because the program is offered at night, it allowed me to work during the day. I have to continue working and carrying on my responsibilities. The schedule made this possible for me.”

For a long time, Puente didn’t have a career path. “These skills not only allow me to provide more for my family but also give me direction. It’s a good feeling to feel stable and confident that I have given myself the opportunity to live a stable life and develop a career.”

Puente grew up listening to Metallica.

“It’s great that they have used their resources to give back and make a difference. When you have the opportunity to make a difference you should. I am very grateful. The program has been excellent. The fact that the Metallica scholarship covered the $4,000 tuition was truly a blessing.”

Puente plans to gain more skills in the future.

“This is not where it ends. This is the beginning of a great thing. This is an opportunity, not just for me, but my whole family is excited about it!”

Puente started at Etna as a hand welder in August, making a great hourly wage with opportunities to earn more!

“I feel so good about it! This certification gave me the confidence to get a direct hire position.”

Metallica Scholars is a partnership between GRCC Workforce Training, the band’s All Within My Hands foundation, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The next offering of the Metallica Scholars Welding Bootcamp begins Oct. 27, 2022.

To qualify for the program, participants must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and be able to work in the United States. For more information go to

Prized art: Visit GRCC for the ArtPrize entries, then see work from local artists known around the world

Come for ArtPrize, then see some of GRCC’s prized art! The campus proudly displays artwork from Grand Rapids artists who are known around the world.

There are three paintings from Mathias J. Alten exhibited at GRCC. Alten emigrated from Germany to Michigan as a young man in 1889. He honed his creative skills as a furniture decorator, and took on commissions to decorate local buildings. By 1899 he established a studio and school in Grand Rapids and became one of the region’s most respected artists, specializing in landscapes, seascapes and portraits.

Alten’s portrait of Lt. Avery C. Gilleo has special meaning for GRCC, and hangs outside the Veterans Center at level G2 of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.

Gilleo was among the 49 students enrolled in the inaugural class of what was then Grand Rapids Junior College before enlisting in the Michigan National Guard, and was eventually deployed to France during World War I, and was promoted to the rank of captain. Capt. Gilleo married his GRJC classmate Eleanore Alten – the artist’s eldest daughter. Avery and Eleanor were the parents of Dr. M. Alten Gilleo and Anita Gilleo, who where both GRJC graduates.

Two of Alten’s landscapes are on display in Steven C. Ender Hall on GRCC’s DeVos Campus. Michigan Autumn was painted in 1934, and Flowers in a Green Glass Bowl was painted in 1933.

All three paintings were generously donated to GRCC by Anita Gilleo.

GRCC displays many Paul Collins paintings and prints, with his work hanging in nearly every building on campus.

Collins was born in Muskegon but moved to Grand Rapids as a child. He has traveled and painted extensively in the United States and around the world, and his work has been featured in exhibits in 22 states and 13 countries.

Collins has long been a GRCC supporter. The gallery was named in his honor in 2003 and is dedicated to providing diverse, high-quality exhibitions for the education and inspiration of the college and the community.

“My life and my work is not art about art — it’s about art that can save us all from destroying each other,” Collins said in 2019. “It’s art that will help show respect for all brothers and sisters. If the artists and musicians really pay close attention to the profound effect they can have on people, I think we’d have less of the negative stuff. Because we really, really have reached a point where we really have to begin to realize we all are created equal and all come under the sign of being brothers and sisters.”

Among the best-known works from Collins at GRCC include his painting of Frederick Douglass and a print of his mural celebrating the life of President Gerald R. Ford, with both hanging in GRCC’s Administration Building.

GRCC’s Paul Collins Art Gallery is hosting three ArtPrize entries, showcasing digital animation, pen and ink technique and acrylic painting.

ArtPrize 2022 runs until Oct. 2 and features 750 entries in the interactive art competition.

The Collins Art Gallery is found on the fourth floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. Until Oct. 2, the gallery will be open from 1-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Guests visiting during the weekend should enter through the doors on the south end of Finkelstein Hall Level G2, near the iconic lion fountain, or through the skywalk connected to Parking Ramp A. Signs or staff will direct you to the gallery.

GRCC’s Kaylee Scott named MCCAA Cross Country Runner of the Week after outstanding Kirtland race

All-American cross country runner Kaylee Scott of Grand Rapids Community College was named Michigan Community College Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Scott, a sophomore from Grandville, finished in 2nd place in a field of 87 Michigan Community College Athletic Association competitors at last week’s Kirtland Firebird Invitational.

“Kaylee deserves the recognition as Runner of the Week,” coach Sharon Becker said. “She has been working on her goals. She is been focused on her goal to get her 5K time faster. It will come. She will get there. She improved so much. Her training and her personal best times will come. She is trusting the coaching and the process and getting the work done. She had been a great leader for others on the team to follow.”

GRCC, ranked No. 6 in the first U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll of the season, also finished in second place in the race.

The Raiders are next scheduled to compete in the Oakland Community College Invitational on Friday Sept. 30. Competition is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. for the women and 2:30 p.m. for the men.

Tech Tip: Filtering email

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Gmail filters are rules that are automatically applied to new emails. With Gmail filters, emails can go straight to archive, be labeled or even deleted. 

Article – Creating Filters in Gmail

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 09/28/2022

Adding zip to students’ acceptance letters

09/27/2022 Community College Daily (American Association of Community  Colleges)

It started after leaders at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) heard from an applicant w ho received a letter from the Michigan college.

…The communications department worked with campus partners to elevate the college’s acceptance experience. Now, all students accepted to GRCC receive a bright, colorful and celebratory package commending them for taking this next step in their educational journey. The goal is to have students be loud and proud.

Volunteers needed for GRCC Scholarfest 2022

GRCC Scholarfest 2022 is back on campus! This year we will be honoring Dr. Juan and Mary Olivarez on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Are you available during the evening of Tuesday, November 1 from 5 – 9 p.m.? Would you like to assist in making this year’s Scholarfest another success? Yes? Then volunteer! 

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Coat Check
  • Registration

We need at least 15 dedicated volunteers. All volunteer positions will be assigned.  

Contact Mary Reed at 3930 or to sign up. 

30 Day Challenge event

The Exercise is Medicine on Campus Team (EIM-OC) is inviting you to join in our 30-day challenge event. The challenge consists of a water challenge, push up challenge, plank challenge, and squat challenge for 30 days.

You can choose to just focus on 1 skill, 2 skills, 3 skills, or all 4 skills during the challenge. You can even complete this challenge multiple times too (especially if you chose to focus on just one skill at a time). 

We challenge you to not only do this but to invite a colleague, classmate, family member, friend, etc. to join you in this challenge. Let’s Go- Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC hosting MACRAO College and Transfer Fair October 13

Faculty and Staff: Please pass this information on to your students.

Grand Rapids Community College will host West Michigan’s biggest college and transfer fair Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in the Ford Fieldhouse!

Explore your options and connect with more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide.

Morning: 9 a.m. -11 a.m.
College Fair
High schools will be bused in to see our campus and visit with reps

Afternoon: 1 p.m. -3 p.m.
Transfer fair
Open to GRCC students looking to transfer

Night: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
College Fair
High school students and families but open to anyone. If GRCC students cannot make the afternoon fair we encourage them to attend the evening

For further details and a list of colleges attending, go to our MACRAO College and Transfer Fair at GRCC webpage.