Important 2023 year end Payroll information

2022 W-2 Availability

  • Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 13, 2023.
    • If you want to receive your W-2 electronically and have not elected to do so yet, you can do so at Employees that have already elected to have electronic W-2’s will continue to get theirs electronically and do not need to elect again.
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2023. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up.

Verify Your Personal Information

  • Verify and update your personal information through the Online Center by following the instructions found at For assistance with personal information changes, please email Human Resources at no later than January 6, 2023 to have the changes on your W-2.

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • NEW 2023 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at New tax forms should be completed if:
    • You moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
    • Your work location has changed in or out of the city of Grand Rapids (i.e. lakeshore, remote work).
    • Your filing status has changed.
    • You are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2023 W-4 no later than February 3, 2023.

1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will have a tax form 1095-C mailed to them on January 31st from PlanSource. You do not need this form to file your tax return, but you should keep this form with your tax records. 

For Informational Purposes Only

  • The 2023 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2023 social security wage base will increase to $160,200.00.
  • The 2023 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will increase to $22,500.00 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will increase to $7000.00, for a total of $29,500.00

GRCC emergency training exercise brought together campus and community partners to focus on safety

Grand Rapids Community College conducted an emergency training exercise on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 as part of ongoing efforts to protect the safety of college students, employees and community members.

The effort, conducted between 8 a.m. and noon, was a functional exercise, which is a mix of action pieces and table top discussion.

The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate actions against the current response plans and capabilities of an active shooter response.

Participants included the City of Grand Rapids, Kent County and State of Michigan Offices of Emergency Management, the Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments, Kent County Emergency Medical Services, multiple EMS companies, representatives from area hospitals, and other area emergency responders.

All members of the GRCC executive leadership team, along with other members of the emergency management team, academic leadership, and a cross section of campus departments were represented. This exercise was announced one day prior and signs were placed on all campus entrances the day of the event.

Specific objectives were established by the planning team, and included executive leadership’s understanding of roles and responsibilities; testing of the GRCC emergency notification systems; testing the external door lockdown system; ensuring coordination of response between all involved agencies; coordination of regional stockpile of EMS supplies and ability to deploy resources; and the coordination of the public information dissemination between city authorities and the institution.

External evaluators were present to observe and provide feedback about the objectives. That information is being reviewed and will be included in the final after-action report. 

The RAVE and Emergency Phone Alert System notifications functioned properly, as did the lock down of the entire campus.

The discussion was comprehensive and provided considerable guidance from all responding agencies as to their roles and capability as well as their expectations if a critical incident should occur.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Safety and Security Policy and Statistics Act, all information related to GRCC’s emergency response and evacuations plans can be found on the GRCC Police web page under Resources.

If you have additional questions about this exercise or GRCC’s emergency response plans, you can contact Police Chief Rebecca Whitman at 616-234-4010.

Information Station volunteers needed

Students are finalizing their Winter 2023 schedules and we are here to help!

Volunteers are needed to help with Information Stations for the first three days of the semester, January 9-11, 2023.

As you may already know, volunteers at the Information Stations help our students feel welcome and find their way on the first few days of classes.

Volunteer sign-up sheet

This semester:

  1. We are inviting two volunteers to each station, but please prioritize filling each station so we can guarantee coverage for the 2-hour commitments.
  2. Each station will have tables and 2 chairs in addition to signs indicating wayfinding.
  3. Our Google doc. will have all relevant information. This will allow us to keep information up-to-date as things change, and can be found here.
  4. Handouts at each station will include campus maps, Sneden shuttle flyers and GetHelp cards. Please plan on bringing your own water and snacks.

  5. Please follow the current campus protocols while working at the information station to minimize contact and germ spreading.
  6. There will be hand sanitizer at each table. We will also have antibacterial wipes so the table can be wiped down at the end of each shift.

Please reach out to the Student Resources Coordinator if you have any questions!


Phone: x2544

Taylor Mazer’s detailed pen-and-ink look at cities highlighted in GRCC’s Paul Collins Art Gallery

Pen and ink convey detailed views of city life in the latest exhibit in Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery.

“Drawings in Ink,” featuring the work of Kendall College of Art and Design adjunct instructor Taylor Mazer, runs through Dec. 5.

Mazer is a Kalamazoo native who earned bachelor’s degrees in fine art and illustration from Kendall. He has had his work featured in more than a dozen publications, including “International Drawing” annuals and the Oxford University Press’ “Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation.” He works with Micron drawing pens, brush pens and India ink.

“While my works are more rooted in the analysis of an environment, I still like to utilize tools often reserved for narrative illustrations,” he said. “I will direct light and shadow, signs, the direction of the line work, placement of objects, etc., to focus the viewer’s eye on particular objects, similar to how a comic book dictates a narrative through its panels.”

“Artistaday” an online gallery that features artists from around the world, commented that Mazer has “a keen eye for the city.”

“But what you won’t find in his work are sweeping skylines or postcard views of famous monuments. Rather Mazer favors the less glamorous side of the city. Street signs, lamp poles, highways and electrical lines are all common images in his work.

“His meticulously detailed drawings are both elegant and gritty. It’s hard to look at a Taylor’s drawing and not want to get up close to follow his lines, or to become captivated by his dramatic shading, and stark light and dark contrasts. So, when Taylor draws a trashcan or a street pole, he’s not shedding a negative light on the city (in fact, he seems to love it!), rather he is simply asking that we look at it from the less obvious perspective. And sometimes that makes all the difference.”

The gallery, on the fourth floor of GRCC’s Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall at 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, is open 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

GRCC men’s basketball team comes from behind to extend win streak to seven games

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams picked up two wins against Community Christian College on Wednesday, with the women overpowering the Lions 78-31 winners and the men coming back to stay unbeaten with a 107-97 victory.

The men’s team prevailed for its seventh win in a row in a game that had 12 lead changes and found GRCC down for much of the first half.

The Raiders picked up the pace in the second half by scoring 61 points to hit the 100-point plateau for the fifth time this season.

Freshman guard Jajuan Walker led five different Raiders that scored in double figures with 21 points while adding five assists.

Herman Brown was the lone GRCC player in double figures with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Danyel Bibbs added 20 points, Brockton Kohler 16 points and Bashir Neely 11 points.

GRCC’s bench outscored the starters 56-51.

The women’s team, now 3-1 after losing its season opener at Aquinas College, dominated from the tip, winning by a season-high 47 points.

“Good team victory tonight with everyone involved in some positive moments,” head coach David Glazier said. “Though the game afforded us a chance to try some new things and see some different lineups to get us ready for our three games next week. All three of which I expect to be highly competitive.”

Sophomores Grace Lodes and Sally Merrill each posted double-doubles for GRCC. 

Merrill led all scorers with 23 points on nine-of-20 from the floor, while adding 14 rebounds and three assists.

Lodes scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, adding four assists and a pair of blocked shots.

Freshman Jatriana Wilson came off the bench to score 11 points and grab six rebounds.

The men’s team returns to the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Dec. 3 in a 1 p.m. contest against former Western Conference foe Glen Oaks Community College.  The women return home on Dec. 5 with a re-match against the junior varsity of Aquinas College at 5:30 p.m. 

GRCC in the News 12/01/2022

GRCC U of M Health West Nursing Collaboration

11/30/22 WOOD Radio

GRCC Vice President of College Advancement Kathryn Mullins joined West Michigan’s Morning News about their new nursing program partnership with University of Michigan Health West.

Partnership announced, expected to help nurses finish education while working

11/30/22 WWMT

WEST MICHIGAN — Health care facilities in West Michigan may be experiencing a shortage in nurses, but a partnership announced on Tuesday is looking to help that.

University of Michigan Health-West and Grand Rapids Community College is expecting to form a partnership by combining tuition support with paid on-the-job professional experience.

6 health systems launching nursing programs

11/30/22 Becker’s Hospital Review

Several colleges and universities recently have launched nursing programs and partnerships to address persistent shortages nationwide.

… Wyoming-based University of Michigan Health-West opened a new nursing pipeline by offering up to three semesters of paid tuition to Grand Rapids Community College nursing students who agree to work for its organization after graduation.

GRCC Stuff the Sled 2022: Still time to donate

There are a lot of great ways you can help make someone’s holiday a little brighter this year.

One way is to join the GRCC United Way campaign and Stuff the Sled — formerly Adopt a Family. This program provides holiday gift bags to children in Kent County Head Start.

Donations can be made November 1 through December 7

How to Donate:

Go to the GRCC Holiday Helpers page, click on the Donate Now button top right, add items you would like to purchase to your cart and check out. It is that easy!  

Thank YOU in advance!