Raider Salute to Facilities, Media Technology and IT

We the staff at Spectrum Theater want to give a huge thank you to Facilities, Media Technology and IT who all came through for us on short notice and solved problems as we ramped back up to full production capacity. 

We’re extraordinarily grateful for their work ethic, expertise, and cost-effective solutions!


Tom, Jonathan, and Cole

The Spectrum Theater Team

Campus voter registration project GRCC Votes! needs volunteers

Call for volunteers around campus voter registration project: GRCC Votes!

GRCC Votes! is a cross campus collaboration to help and empower the GRCC community with the information they need to register and vote this November.

We’re in need of support with tabling efforts and invite all staff, faculty and students to participate!

Please sign up to volunteer on our GRCC Votes! Volunteer Sign Up form.

Additionally, the GRCC library will host a voter registration kiosk during open hours, otherwise, find us around campus between now and November 8.

Go to GRCC’s library webpage: GRCC Votes!: Register to Vote for details on voter registration information. 

Thank you!!!

GRCC saluting 2012 national champion volleyball team at homecoming game

Grand Rapids Community College is saluting its 2012 national champion volleyball team at Friday’s homecoming, honoring the college’s first women’s team to earn a national title.

Alumni from the championship team will be recognized between sets of Friday’s volleyball match between GRCC, which is riding a 14-match winning streak, and North Central Michigan College.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon Street NE. Admission is $5, with GRCC students and employees admitted for free with their RaiderCard.

A tailgate party is planned for 4-6:30 p.m. on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza, with hamburgers, hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. The event is open to the public.

“Homecoming is an opportunity to highlight our national champions, but also celebrate all GRCC alumni – and those who will be alumni someday,” said Jenna VandeKamp, heads alumni efforts for the GRCC Foundation. “There is tremendous pride in our college, and the impact it has on residents and our greater community.”

The 2012 team was led by Kaitlyn Wolters, who was named a First Team All-American and the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the Year.

The team survived a five-set match in the semifinal round of the national tournament, battling Parkland College of Champaign, Ill., which was ranked No. 3 in the nation. GRCC lost the first two sets, and fell behind 8-3 in the third set, before winning two straight to force a fifth set, which it won 16-14 to reach the finals.

In the championship match, GRCC faced the top-ranked team in the country, Cowley College of Arkansas City, Kan. The Raiders swept Cowley, which had been unbeaten, to claim GRCC’s first national title in volleyball.

“A lot of that match was on adrenaline,” coach Chip Will told MLive after the match. “From day one, when they came into this program, they talked about winning a national title, and so adrenaline helped push them through the soreness and some of the tiredness.”

Wolters was named tournament Most Valuable Player, recording 32 assists and seven kills in the final match.

Along the way to winning the title, the Raiders defeated 12 nationally ranked teams and ended the season on a 30-match win streak, finishing with a 39-1 record. The 39 wins remain a team record for the volleyball program.

Wolters is expected to be among the team members attending the homecoming game. Other team members are Nicole Czehowksi, Karleigh Strazisar, Taylor Meyer, Kendall Wolffis, Tayler Friend, Molly Maynard, Hannah Geelhoed, Emily Johnson, Kourtney Wolters, and Amy Vander Wal

Will is still guiding the team, winning his 400th match last season. Joining him at the celebration are coaches Megan Kulak, Staci Johnson and Joe Murray.

GRCC In the News 10/07/2022

Hip-hop artist Bun B to speak in Grand Rapids at Muse Southeast on October 13

10/6/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Hip-hop artist Bun B will be speaking in Grand Rapids about his life and career. “Trill Talk: Small City, Big Dreams” will be held on October 13 at 7 p.m. as part of the launch of Muse Southeast (501 Eastern Avenue Southeast).

The event is part of a partnership between Muse GR and Grand Rapids Community College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). At the presentation, Bun B will talk about being a rapper, entrepreneur, activist, and Rice University faculty member. It will be hosted by cultural critic, journalist, and activist Bakari Kitwana.

Otorgan subvención de $ 2.9 millones para capacitar a trabajadores de salud comunitarios

10/6/22 El Informador

Grand Rapids Community College anunció que recientemente recibió una subvención de $2.9 millones del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE. UU. El apoyo económico se utilizará para ayudar a aumentar la cantidad de trabajadores de salud comunitarios en el oeste de Michigan.

(Grand Rapids Community College announced that it recently received a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The financial support will be used to help increase the number of community health workers in West Michigan.)

Large battery projects create EV workforce training opportunities for higher ed


MECOSTA COUNTY — Landing large battery manufacturing plants that promise to drive billions of dollars in investments and create thousands of jobs represents not just major economic development for Michigan but also a significant opportunity for educators.

… “Those are connections from an economic development perspective that all have to come to this table and say, ‘Here’s how we partner to create what I’m calling an ecosystem,” said (Bill) Pink, who formerly served as president of Grand Rapids Community College before joining Ferris State.

Connor Oman leads GRCC golf team to victory over Glen Oaks Community College

Conner Oman earned medalist honors, helping the Grand Rapids Community College golf team defeat Glen Oaks Community College on Thursday.

“I was pleased with how the kids competed today,” coach Mark Rasmussen said. “Though we didn’t play our best, we’ve got a great group of guys and are getting better every day.”

Oman, who had to bow out of the last tournament early, shot a 76 to finish first place overall.

Both schools were able to field two teams, and GRCC’s B team nearly beat the A team, with scores of 317 and 319 strokes. Glen Oaks’ teams shot 332 and 362.

Of the 20 participants, seven GRCC golfers made the top 10, including taking the first six places.

The team is so balanced this year that three players on the B team finished in the top five, including McCoy Denhartigh, taking second with 77; Brad VandenHout, fourth with 79; and Sam Foss, fifth with 80.

Mason Anderson shot 78 for the A team to earn third place overall.

Next up for GRCC is the Taylor University Invitational on Oct. 10 and 11 on GRCC’ home course at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada.   

Breast Cancer Awareness learning opportunity open to staff, faculty and students

Breast Cancer Awareness Presentation

Wednesday, 10/19/2022
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Room 214 of the Ford Fieldhouse

October is breast cancer awareness month and this presentation is joining in the effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and the impact of breast cancer.

Not only will this show support to all that have been impacted by breast cancer but will also provide an opportunity of learning for our campus.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This learning session will include what breast cancer is, signs and symptoms, risk factors, how to lower risk, screenings, lifestyle heath, exercise, treatment/care, etc. All staff, faculty and the GRCC campus body are welcome to attend.

Faculty and staff may register through their online center under professional development. Students and campus community members do not need to register to attend.