Links  to presidential candidate videos and surveys: Surveys due October 28 by noon

If you were not able to watch the public forums via live-stream of any of the candidates, see below for the videos.

Please complete the President Search Feedback Form – Fall 2022 for each candidate you watch videos of by noon on Friday, Oct. 28.

Dr. Stuart Blacklaw

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access live-stream.

Campus & Community forum live-stream.

Board of Trustees Interview live-stream.

Dr. Charles Lepper

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access live-stream.

Campus & Community Forum live-stream.

Board of Trustees Interview live-stream.

Dr. Timothy Casper

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access live-stream.

Campus & Community Forum live-stream.

Board of Trustees Interview in the ATC auditorium. Public link to live-stream.

Potential students of all ages can learn about a life-changing GRCC education at open houses

Potential students of all ages can learn more about how Grand Rapids Community College can help change their lives during open houses at both the main and Lakeshore campuses.

The main campus event is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE in Grand Rapids. The Lakeshore event is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at GRCC’s Lakeshore Campus, 12335 James St. in Holland.

“Open houses are great opportunities for people interested in learning more about how a GRCC education can get them the skills, credits or degrees they need to transform their lives,” said Lori Cook, associate dean of Access and First Year Success. “We encourage everyone to come on down, meet with our experts, and get all their questions answered. It’s perfect for people who are planning to attend GRCC, or just learn a little more about the college and what it offers.” 

GRCC specialists and faculty can help open house participants navigate through admissions and financial aid processes and discuss eligibility for cost-saving programs such as Michigan Reconnect and the Grand Rapids Promise Zone. Campus tours also will be available.

Those attending the event and enrolling at GRCC can win one $500 scholarship.

“Open houses are great opportunities to learn more about GRCC, get all your questions answered, and meet the people who will be here to help you,” said Kristi Welling, GRCC’s associate director of Enrollment Center services.

“There are local, state and federal programs that can remove cost as an obstacle, and GRCC offers classes in a variety of formats and schedules so students can plan around home and work responsibilities. Come visit to find out what might work best for you.”

Open house topics include:

  • How to explore GRCC’s 12 Academic Pathways and more than 150 degrees.
  • Options to pay for college.
  • How to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA.
  • The steps to apply to GRCC.
  • The benefits of earning an associate degree at GRCC and seamlessly transferring to a four-year college or university.
  • Academic programs and student services offered in Holland at the GRCC Lakeshore Campus.
  • Determining eligibility for the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship and Michigan Reconnect.
  • Connecting with campus resources – and finding lots of fun swag!

While walk-ins are welcome, students can reserve a spot by registering at

GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion named a finalist for Grand Rapids Pride Center award for supporting 2-SLGBTQ+ community

The Grand Rapids Community College Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a finalist for the Ally to Accomplice Award at the inaugural Prism Awards from the Grand Rapids Pride Center.

ODEI has worked to amplify the LGBTQ+ community through initiatives such as the LGBTQ+ Think Tank, Being Queer at GRCC, a digital montage of student narratives, and PRIDE Outside the Box; a series of programs that critically examine socio-political, economic, and identity issues from an intersectional framework.

Since 1988, the Grand Rapids Pride Center has empowered LGBTQ+ individuals through supportive services and awareness.

The Prism Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the community’s collective impact. The new event also will help support the center’s programs and services. The center is offering three individual awards and two for groups.

The Ally to Accomplice Award acknowledges a group or organization that has done the work and made progress on its journey to support the 2-SLGBTQ+ community.

The Prism Awards will be presented at a Nov. 10 event at New Vintage Place, 889 Broadway Ave NW in Grand Rapids. The event is sold out.

Mental Health First Aid: Day long training experience for GRCC employees

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour learning opportunity session that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adults (ages 18 and older). The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or is experiencing a crisis.

Participants in the previous MHFA trainings at GRCC had this to say about their experience:

“This training required the participants to step out of their comfort zone and have somewhat uncomfortable but necessary conversations regarding mental health. Conversation and sharing helped me realize that my own experiences were not that different than those of others in the group.” 

“I took this workshop to be sure I was using the correct verbage and steps necessary to assist a student appropriately in a crisis situation.  I had always wondered if I was saying the right things to them and was I taking the right steps to assist a student in a crisis. I was glad to find out that I was saying the right things and taking correct actions and I was also able to practice a discussion with a pretend student in a suicide crisis. Which I found it was not easy for me, but now I know what I must say and take action.”

“The Mental Health First Aid training is a valuable opportunity for all employees at GRCC. The training is beneficial for the work we do at the College as well as within our personal lives.”

“I’m glad to see training provided on another facet of first aid. If training exists for first responders to physical crisis, it makes sense that we are trained for those in mental/psychological crisis.”
Lunch will be provided.

Presented by staff from Pine Rest. 

Register for this session via your Online Center account.

Black Friday Sneak Peek Is 10/27 – 11/13

It’s already that time of year….

Save on our latest laptops like the XPS 15 and the Inspiron 16 — crafted from premium materials & designed for on-the-go style.  Deals are live through 11/13.

Shop online through your Member Purchase Program store:

Full list of upcoming events:

  • 10/27 – 11/13: Sneak Peek Deals are live
  • 11/10 – 11/13: Black Friday Early Access for Members (Available ONLY through your dedicated MPP store)
  • Deals last through 11/26.  Additional Limited Quantity Deals go live 11/24-26. These will be limited in quantity and first come first serve. Shop early as these deals will sell out quickly!

GRCC In the News 10/25/2022

2 face off for new Hispanic majority district on Kent County Board

10/24/22 MLive

WYOMING, MI – A credit union loan officer and a manager of a wedding reception venue will face off Nov. 8 for the new, Hispanic-majority Kent County Board district.

… In addition to being a credit loan officer, (Ivan) Diaz is a student with an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College. He also serves as a Lee Soccer Alumni Association board member and Godfrey-Lee Equity Steering Committee board member.

Benefits Fair on October 26: Retirement Readiness learning opportunity and Open Enrollment session included

The Benefits Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at the ATC banquet rooms from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

As part of this event, there will be two informational sessions for employees, held in the ATC auditorium (ATC-168).

The sessions will be offered in a hyflex format — both in person and virtual.

Retirement Readiness – Wednesday October 26 from 11:.00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Zoom Link:

HR & Payroll are partnering with LMCU to bring a financial bootcamp learning opportunity entitled “Retirement Readiness”.

Join us either in person (ATC 168) or virtually (via Zoom) for a discussion of retirement savings options and resources available to achieve financial freedom in retirement.

During this session, LMCU will provide an overview for individuals just starting to explore retirement savings and those that need reassurance that they’re on track with their retirement goals, as well as those individuals nearing the retirement finish line.

Registration for this employee learning opportunity is open. Log into your  Online Center account and select the Professional Development tile.

Open Enrollment Informational Session-Wednesday October 26 from 1:00 pm-2:30pm
Join GRCC Benefits staff and representatives to learn more about the 2023 updates and changes to GRCC health plans. The six health plans will be reviewed and details on coverage and monthly cost will be shared.

Join us either in person (ATC 168) or virtually (via Zoom). Log into your  Online Center account and select the Professional Development tile.

Open Enrollment begins, Monday October 24, and runs through Friday, November 4.

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for you to make changes to your benefits and to add or drop eligible dependents from coverage. Changes made at open enrollment are effective January 1, 2023.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunity – Technology for Supervisors

IT and Human Resources are offering a new course this academic year as part of Professional Development.

This training is designed for supervisors and leaders of the college to learn more about the technology and tools offered by IT to help make your job easier.

The course will cover: 

  • IT Service Portal
  • Network Account Provisioning forms
  • Equipment procurement and replacement processes.
  • Approving/denying timesheets and delegating access 
  • Overview of performance reviews
  • How to handle when an employee leaves or transfers
  • Google Resources
  • And more

The first session is Thursday, November 3.

To sign up, please register via the Online Center.

Back and better than ever: The GRCC Leadership Institute

The GRCC Leadership Institute has been transformed, updated, redeveloped and re-energized!

Human Resources has partnered with the leadership development consultants of Insight Action Learning Group to establish a program committed to strengthening new and emerging leaders from across the GRCC campus. 

Please apply to be one of the first participants in this new and improved seven month cohort experience. Meetings will take place monthly beginning in January through July. 

The GRCC Leadership Institute program seeks a diverse pool of candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • exemplifies GRCC’s values
  • Commitment to attending the program in its entirety
  • Continuing employment at GRCC for one year after completion of the L.I. program

Please visit the updated Leadership Institute webpage to review more details and information about the program as well as the Leadership Institute application.

The deadline to apply to be a part of the 2023 cohort is Friday, November 4.

Questions? More information? Contact Laura Caulk or Angela Salinas.

Turkey Trot is taking off for 2022

We are proud sponsors of the 30th Anniversary of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Turkey Trot on November 24, 2022 (Thanksgiving Day)!

The Turkey Trot season starts next week on September 19. Proceeds from the race help to offset the cost of Grand Rapids Public Schools athletics.


$5 discount code: 2022GRCC5

Thanks again for the continued support to the students of GRPS!