Tech Tip: Using the Software Center

Did you know you can install software applications and updates on your computer all on your own?

To do so, simply press the Windows key on your keyboard, start typing Software Center and once you see the name pop up at the top of the list, click on it. All applications available for you to install will appear on the screen.

You can either select the application you want to install or search for a specific application. To search for an application, type the name of the application you want on the upper right hand side search field and press enter. Then simply click on the application to select it and then click the Install button.

To view the status of the application you are installing or to uninstall an application, click on the Installation status menu option on the left-hand side. This will list all the applications you currently have installed on your computer. The status is shown under the Status column on the right-hand side. To uninstall an application simply click on it and select uninstall.

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

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GRCC’s Grace Lodes earns MCCA Northern Conference women’s basketball Player of the Week honors after setting career highs

Grace Lodes in her uniform holding a basketball and smiling.

Grace Lodes of the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team was named Michigan Community College Athletic Association Northern Conference Player of the Week after setting career bests in points.

“Grace had an outstanding week with two solid performances,” head coach David Glazier said. “Each day in practice she comes ready to build on what she’s already done with a focus on helping her team in whatever way we need her on any given night.”

Lodes, a Comstock Park native who attended West Catholic High School, is coming off a career-high 29 points on 76.5 percent from the field in Saturday’s game against North Central Michigan College, helping her team to a convincing 91-23 victory.

The two-year starter also added 13 rebounds and six assists in the team’s biggest win of the season, giving her a two-game total of 40 points, 21 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three blocks.

Lodes currently leads the team in rebounding, averaging 10.6 per game and blocks, averaging 1.5 per contest, and steals, averaging 2.2 per game. She is also second on the team in scoring, assists and field goal percentage.

Earlier in the season, teammate Marlene Bussler was named Player of the Week for week ending Dec. 11.

The women’s basketball team is 11-6 overall, 5-2 in the conference and will attempt for its fourth straight win when it takes on Mid Michigan College in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.  

This story was reported by Ben Brown.

GRCC In the News 02/08/2023

Grand Rapids Community College One Workforce Program: Bridging The Gap in Michigan’s Manufacturing Workforce

2/6/23 Automation Alley

With the gap in skilled manufacturing jobs expected to grow, programs like Grand Rapids Community College’s One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing will be pivotal in keeping Michigan’s workforce ready to take on new opportunities in Industry 4.0.

(Written by One Workforce program manager Dennis Triggs.)

Community college librarian joins Michigan Library Association

2/7/23 Grand Rapids Business Journal

A West Michigan librarian was elected to a statewide leadership role, bringing her love of libraries to the Michigan Library Association. 

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Reference and Collection Development Librarian Sophia Brewer was elected to be one of the Michigan Library Association’s (MLA) three new directors-at-large. 


2/7/23 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Commentary: Grand Rapids Community College One Workforce Program: Bridging The Gap in Michigan’s Manufacturing Workforce

Grand Rapids looking to name street after late prominent pastor

2/7/23 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids leaders are looking to commemoratively designate a portion of city street after the beloved, late Bishop Dennis J. McMurray.

… McMurray is credited with making significant contributions to the Grand Rapids community and beyond. In October, he was named the 2022 GIANT Among Giants for his contributions in shaping the history, culture and quality of life in the Grand Rapids community at the annual event hosted by Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

City leaders move to rename street after late Grand Rapids pastor

2/7/23 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — City leaders are pushing to honor one Grand Rapids community leader, the late Bishop McMurray, in a very special way.

… Also known for his service beyond the walls of Renaissance Church, Bishop McMurray was honored by Grand Rapids Community College as the 2022 GIANT Among Giants in October, only a month before he died at the age of 63.

Faculty cap, gown orders due by February 10

The GRCC Bookstore is taking orders for caps and gowns for staff and faculty through February 10.

If you are in need of any commencement regalia, please stop in the bookstore and fill out the form to order yours today! Please fill the form out entirely – we will need both your height and weight to submit the order for the correct size.

Due to turnaround time and production needs, all orders and prepayments must be in by February 10 to be ready in time for the April GRCC Commencement ceremony.

We are open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Payment is due at time of order. We accept cash and credit cards. 

Faculty gowns are solid black with black cap and black tassel. 

Hoods are custom to your school and degree. 

See the order form below for reference.