Opening day with Dr. Lepper

Incoming GRCC President Charles Lepper will be attending Opening Day activities on Wednesday, introducing himself to the campus community and sharing his perspective about his new role.

The event starts with breakfast at 7:45 a.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse with the program planned to start at 8:15 a.m.

A virtual option is available for those unable to attend in person. The live stream will be available at:

Information Station volunteers needed

Looking for a great way to start the new semester?

The Student Life Office is looking for volunteers next week to help with Information Stations for the first three days of the semester, January 9-11, 2023.

Volunteer sign-up sheet

This event offers staff and faculty the opportunity to connect with students, share the resources available on campus, and most importantly–welcome them into our community!

Please reach out to the Student Resources Coordinator if you have any questions!
Phone: x2544

My Story Started at GRCC: Chef Andy Schultz turned part-time work at Four Chefs into a ‘dream job’

Whether you’re recovering in a hospital, undergoing executive leadership training or keeping up with college classes, you’re going to get hungry.

Andy Schultz has fed all kinds of people in all kinds of places since graduating from the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education in 2009.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

“GRCC is a fantastic school to start out your career,” he said. “It was a community college where I could start out taking my basic general education classes as well as taking my culinary classes at the same time.”

A GRCC internship in Hawaii provided Schultz with his first professional opportunities.

“After my internship was completed, I came back to GRCC to finish my degree,” he said. “After I finished my degree, one week later I was back in Hawaii starting my career.”

When the company that owned Hula Grill, where Schultz was working, opened Duke’s Beach House in Maui, he was hired as its dining room chef.

“After Hawaii, I moved out to Colorado Springs to be the executive chef and food service director at the Center for Creative Leadership,” he said. “It is one of the top leadership programs in the world.”

Three years later, Schultz returned home to Grand Rapids and a job feeding hungry Aquinas College students. He worked to bring fresh, local ingredients to the cafeteria.

“We went to the student body, and that was one of the things they wanted to see,” he said in a 2013 Aquinas profile. “So we provided it, and it’s been well-received, which is great! We’re trying to introduce new products and ingredients to the students than they’re used to growing up with – so one could see this as a bit of education they can take with them for the rest of their lives.”

Schultz also took the opportunity to return to college himself, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Ferris State University through GRCC’s 3+1 program. 

He next prepared meals for patients and events at Pine Rest as its executive chef. During this time, he teamed up with his father, GRCC culinary professor Roberth Schultz, chef Marla Poterack and Poterack’s daughter Alyvia to cater a wedding.

That was the start of Four Chefs, a Caledonia-based catering business.

“Four Chefs started out as a part-time job for me,” Andy Schultz said. “Over the years during COVID, the business started to grow, and I decided to turn Four Chefs into my dream job.”

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Learn From the Best: Hillery Haney loves French language and culture – and sharing it with GRCC students

Professor Hillery Haney used to struggle in French language classes as a student. But her love for the culture and language prevailed and now she teaches students of all levels of the subject.  

Haney’s interest in the French language and culture began at a young age.

“Growing up my friend’s mother was from Quebec, and she would teach us colors, numbers, and the alphabet. I loved it,” Haney said. 

She began to take French classes in high school and stayed in France with a family for a summer. At the time she felt incredibly homesick, and understood nothing.

Haney kept up with her French studies when she was studying at St. Mary’s College. She studied as hard as she could and was able to spend another year in France living with a family. 

“If it weren’t for my time in France I wouldn’t have mastered the language. It was so hard to learn,” she said. 

Haney didn’t initially intend to be a teacher, but decided to attend Aquinas College and enroll in a certified secondary teacher program. She taught in the Grand Rapids Public Schools for eight years, and moved to Rabat, Morocco, where she taught French to first through 12th grade students. 

After two years in Morocco, Haney spent some time in Nashville, Tenn. before finally returning to Grand Rapids. Bernie Manker, a colleague and friend, encouraged Haney to pursue a career at GRCC. Haney was hired into the School of Language and Thought and has now been teaching for more than 20 years. 

Together Manker and Haney have grown the program from three to seven French classes and are constantly growing and improving the curriculum. Haney teaches all levels of French, and enjoys teaching a wide range of students from different backgrounds, ages, countries, nationalities and ethnicities.  

“You can’t start out knowing everything or what fun would the journey be?” she said. “Teaching does not get boring because there is always something new that challenges you, like a pandemic for example”.  

Haney accredits the successes of the Language and Thought programs to her collegues. The faculty and staff look for ways to help students but also each other. GRCC is a real community that cares for everyone. 

More information about the School of Language and Thought can be found here.

GRCC in the News 01/03/2023

Quilt-making ministry gives student a warmer, safer commute


A young child will have a warmer, safer commute to Grand Rapids Community College’s Fratzke Early Childhood Learn Lab because of a gift from a Holland group and support from a GRCC instructor.

St. Mary’s Ava Schultz signs to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College

12/23/22 Petoskey News-Review

GAYLORD ― If you’re a Gaylord St. Mary’s sports fan, you’re probably familiar with the name Schultz.

… Surrounded by family and friends at her college commitment event, Schultz signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Grand Rapids Community College.

Toddler with special needs receives quilt to keep her warm

12/24/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A very special little girl will feel a little bit warmer this winter with a custom-made quilt made for her by a Holland-based quilt-making ministry.

Love Sews Ministry created the quilt for Island Hines, 3, after Hines’ Grand Rapids Community College Fratzke Early Childhood Learn Lab (ECLL) instructor, Julie Sizemore, nominated her.

For the national champs, the defense never rests

12/24/22 The Pioneer (Big Rapids)

BIG RAPIDS – One of Ferris State’s own was an architect of easily the nation’s best defense all season.

… (Ryan) Hodges previously worked under Annese for three years as the defensive backs coach at Grand Rapids Community College and helped the Raiders to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship in both 2009 and 2011. 

Princeton educator named keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. event in Grand Rapids

12/28/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Princeton University educator and author Eddie Glaude Jr. will deliver the keynote address at a Grand Rapids event commemorating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

… The 2023 MLK Day event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. The annual commemoration is a partnership between Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University, with support from local sponsors.

Education focus turns to workforce development

12/29/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

To boost the talent pipeline in 2023, West Michigan colleges are leveling up their offerings to help attract, retain and prepare students for entering the state’s workforce.

… In an effort to make education more accessible to students, Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) communications director, David Murray, said the college will be introducing two new financial aid initiatives in 2023.

Annapolis’ Chad Fisher Jr. signs on to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College

12/29/22 Press & Guide (Dearborn)

Annapolis senior Chad Fisher Jr. recently signed on to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Hiring, innovation remain key manufacturing priorities

12/29/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

According to local leaders, the state of manufacturing in 2023 likely will reflect similar obstacles and opportunities as 2022.

… Earlier in 2022, the program (DeWys University) received accreditation from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), enabling students to receive up to six college credits toward a degree at GRCC for completing the program.

GRCC, Holland ministry partner to help student with rare condition

12/29/22 The Holland Sentinel

GRAND RAPIDS — An instructor from Grand Rapids Community College and a Holland ministry teamed up this holiday season to help a student with a rare genetic disorder. 

Be loud and proud, refresh your headshot on Jan. 5

GRCC has outstanding faculty and staff members. Help us show students, potential students and community members the quality of the people here at GRCC serving our community by having a current headshot for the website and other uses.

The Communications Department is providing an opportunity for faculty and staff to have free headshots photographed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 5 – Learning Day – on the third floor of the Student Center in the lounge area.

Without a headshot, the webpage shows a missing photo icon or a RaiderCard photo.

Communications stresses that GRCC provides an affordable education, but more importantly, a quality education. Our expert faculty and dedicated staff members are selling points! Help us highlight your work and attract new students by updating your headshot and web bio. 

GRCC Policies updated

Policy Meeting

December 2022

3.6 Records Management

  • Section VII: Updated related documents to reflect accurate Clery Act Title and add a reference to the Bullard-Plawecki Right to Know Act (“BPERKA”).
  • Section IX: Clarified that the definition of “student records” includes a reference to “education records”
  • Removed outdated and unnecessary links
  • Language changes to make the policy more accessible

3.7 Contracting Authority

  • Section IX: Added language to reflect that copies of fully executed agreements must be provided to the individual executing the contract on behalf of the College.

The new/revised policies have been added to the College Policies website.

Learning Day 2023: Remo link

The Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education (TLDE) area is excited to host Learning Day 2023, focusing on GRCC’s Culture of Care.  All members of the GRCC community are invited to attend.  Please see below for all of the details and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Thursday, January 5, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ford Fieldhouse or Virtual via Remo

Remo Link:

If you have any questions, please send an email to  Please see below for the planned schedule and visit the Learning Day website for all of the details.

Even if you are attending the sessions virtually from your office/work station, you are welcome to join us for lunch! (Take out containers will be available.)

Learning Day 2023 Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and GRCC CARES Resource Fair

  • Join us for coffee and breakfast, and connect with your colleagues who make up key programs and services within the new GRCC CARES Network. 

9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome, Dr. Sheila Jones, Associate Provost of Instructional Support & Institutional Planning and Dr. Brian Knetl, Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

CARE as a Strategy for Improved Student Success, Dr. Eric Mullen, Dean of Student Success

  • This session will kick off our exploration of CARE as a key component to strengthen college culture and to strategically align institutional processes, resources, and support services to improve student learning and success outcomes.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

The Contemporary Student Experience – An Interactive Exploration, Lina Blair, Director of Student Life and Conduct

  • Through our participation in a national study on student basic needs, and our shared experience working though and supporting students during a global pandemic, our understanding of the current student experience has shifted. In this interactive session, data and examples of how our students’ lives and needs have changed will be shared and considered in terms of how we need to respond to attract, retain, and graduate students.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

GRCC Student Perspectives, Video

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Break + Networking

11:00 am – 12:00 p.m.

Reflections on Student Needs and Learning: A Panel Discussion

  • In this session, faculty will offer insights from their experience facilitating learning while supporting students managing complex life experiences. Participants will respond to questions from the moderator as well as those from the audience.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and GRCC CARES Resource Fair

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Introducing GRCC Cares: A Network for Student Support, David Lovell, Associate Director, Title III

  • What is the GRCC Cares Network? How is it different from early alert? David Lovell will share details on a new system that has been developed to expand referrals for student support, as well as provide details on how we are building a comprehensive, campus wide Care Management system to address student basic needs and improve student learning outcomes.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Break + Networking

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Care Management: A Panel Discussion

  • Team members from across the college in student support roles will discuss their utilization of Navigate to anticipate student needs and respond to referrals. In this discussion, panelists will share how the use of Navigate has improved student engagement and support while simultaneously generating data intelligence that will inform future improvements and strategy development.

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Table Discussion and Feedback

  • Each in-person and virtual table will be provided with prompts to reflect on Learning Day content and provide feedback and suggestions on next steps to expand our understanding of student needs and how to grow our campus culture of care, including the following: pedagogy, policies, systems, and processes that improve student learning. This feedback will be synthesized and used to inform professional development, program development, systems improvements, data needs, and more.

4:00 p.m.

Wrap Up, Additional Learning Opportunities, and Next Steps

Winter 2023 employee exercise classes

Start the year off right by making fitness a part of your routine! 

Boost your energy and meet new people and get stronger! 

GRCC employees have access to free exercise classes – take advantage of this great wellness benefit and join in the fun! Did you know that you can earn up to 5 hours of professional development by engaging in employee wellness?

Winter 2023 semester

January 9 to April 27, 2023


5:15-6:00 p.m.

Spin & Sculpt with Kelly

Rm 213 FFH


12:00-12:45 p.m.

Strength Blast with Lannie

Rm 212 FFH


12:00-12:45 p.m.

RaiderStrong with Lannie

Rm 212 FFH


12:00-12:45 p.m.

Fitness Fusion with Lannie

RM 212 FFH

Please complete the registration form and waiver and a calendar appointment for the entire semester will be sent for you to allocate that time to your personal wellness!

Think of it as self care time!

Questions or more information, contact

Nominations being sought for 2023 Emeritus Faculty Award

You are invited to nominate a GRCC retired faculty or administrator for the Emeritus Faculty Award.

This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors and administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC.  During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence.”

Please submit online nominations by noon on Friday,  February 10, 2023. For more information, please visit the Emeritus Award webpage.

GR Promise Zone Mentorship Program: Looking for mentors

We are looking for local community members and professionals to serve as mentors to our Promise Zone students.

Our goal is to help create and grow a student’s career and life skills, as well as expand their professional networking opportunities.

We want to focus on career-oriented support and coaching by our mentors and provide Promise Zone students with real-life experience to prepare them for their future beyond college.

For more information on the mentor requirements and objectives, visit our mentorship webpage.