Retirement Celebration for Kathy Schoen

There will be an open house retirement celebration for the Library and Learning Common’s Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Kathy Schoen, on Wednesday, January 18,  from 1 – 3 p.m. in the foyer of the Library and Learning Commons.

Everyone is invited to stop by and wish Kathy the best in retirement as we celebrate her 33 years of service at GRCC!  

Saturday morning playgroup at the ECLL

Play and Learn GRCC is offering a monthly Saturday morning playgroup at the ECLL for families living in Kent County with a child/infant through 5 years old. 

Join us this Saturday for a morning of play, stories, song, and fun! This program is funded by the Ready by Five Early Childhood millage.


January 14: 10:30-12:00

February 11: 10:30-12:00

March 11: 10:30-12:00

210 Lyon Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Questions? Email:

Change to employee exercise classes week of January 16

Person holding a hand weight, smiling.

For next week only, a few modifications have been made to the schedule:

Monday, January 16


Room 212 FFH

exercise with Lannie

Wednesday, January 18

employee exercise class CANCELLED

Thursday, January 19


Room 212 FFH

Fitness Fusion

Danielle Terpstra subbing for Lannie

This does not affect the Monday, January 16 Spin & Sculpt class (5:15-6:00pm) nor the Tuesday January 17 Strength Blast class (12-12:45pm).

After that, schedule is back to normal 🙂

Join us!

GRCC men’s basketball standout Brockton Kohler signs with Cleary University as it launches new program

Brockton Kohler on the court with a basketball.

Grand Rapids Community College basketball player Brockton Kohler will be playing for Cleary University next year, part of the school’s inaugural men’s team.

The sophomore shooting guard from Greenville is averaging 12.4 points per game and is the team’s best three-point shooter. This season he has 20 three-point shots, shooting at an impressive .426 clip.  Last season he averaged 11.9 points. He needs just 20 more points to reach 500 for his career.

“Betting on yourself isn’t as much of a risk when you’re as committed, passionate, and driven as Brockton is,” said GRCC head coach Joe Fox. “I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten a chance to coach him and look forward to seeing him play compete at the next level.”

Cleary is located in Howell and is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The university is forming its first basketball team, starting with the 2023-2024 season.

Kohler will be part of head coach Carl Thomas’ first signing class. Thomas, a former NBA player and college standout, is the father of GRCC player Carter Thomas.

“None of this would have been possible without the love and support of coach Fox, my teammates, and, most importantly, my family, and I am forever grateful for all of them,” Kohler said. “It’s been a long process to get where I am so it’s great to know I’ll be moving on to the next level. I’m excited for the future. But right now, my focus is on competing for a conference championship beside my brothers.”

The GRCC men’s basketball team is off to an impressive 11-1 start and will finish the non-conference portion of its schedule on the road against Lansing Community College tonight.  

Nominations open for Salute to Women

25th Annual Salute to Women.

Deadline: Friday, February 17, 2023

The Salute to Women Award celebrates the accomplishments of women and gender equity advocates who impact the GRCC community and beyond. The award is open to all GRCC stakeholders regardless of gender or gender identity.

We will be hosting a luncheon Wednesday, March 29 at noon. More details to follow.

The nomination form is available on the ODEI Salute to Women website.

GRCC Players production of ‘Lobby Hero’ looks at questions of truth, loyalty and justice

A murder investigation brings up questions of truth, loyalty and justice in the GRCC Players production of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero.”

Grand Rapids Community College student Nicholas Kamp portrays Jeff, a security guard; Jhaiell Kilgore plays his boss, William, and Aiden Bond and Jenna Bassett are two police officers. Tom Kaechele, the head of GRCC’s Theater Department, directs the production.

Kaechele is very familiar with Lonergan’s play, having directed it years ago.

“The characters are wonderfully nuanced and are difficult to bring to life, but these college student-actors are up for the challenge,” he said. “And since we’re performing in our black box space, the audience gets to be right on top of the action!”

“Lobby Hero” runs at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 through 15 at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Tickets, which can be purchased online, are $5 for students, $10 for GRCC faculty and staff, and $14 for the public. For more information, call 616-234-3387.

While the play was written before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it’s just as timely today in light of the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, Kaechele said.

“I’m always drawn to plays that get an audience to think, instead of telling them what to think,” he said. “I think the production makes you ponder how you make the right choices in a world where nothing seems to be absolute.”