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.edu/openhouse.
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 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.
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.
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 Link: https://grcc.zoom.us/s/91731267577 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.
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