IT Project request process opens April 3

The IT Project Request process will open on Monday April 3, 2023.

In preparation for the launch of the new process the IT PMO team has created a tutorial video on how to submit a project request.

Please use the video at the link below to familiarize yourself with the new process and project intake form.

Questions, comments, or concerns may be directed to IT PMO at

Tech Tip: Organize your open tabs with tab groups in Chrome

Are you what some might consider a tab collector — someone who has multiple tabs open in their browser at one time? Do you often get lost in your open tabs?

Chrome has a new way to organize tabs called tab grouping. Now, with a simple right click, you can group your tabs together and label them with a custom name and color! 

Organize your tabs with tab groups in Google Chrome

While there currently isn’t a feature to save a Tab Group  —  hopefully Google will add this option to Chrome later, you can enable a setting that will ensure that whenever you close your browser everything will be where you left off.

To do this, click on the three dots in the upper right corner and go to Settings. From the menu on the left click On startup. In the center, click the radial button next to Continue where you left off

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

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

One Workforce grant expands access to in-demand CNC operator skills through GRCC Workforce Training

Instructor and student at a CNC machine.

Residents can gain skills to enter the in-demand field of computer numeric controls through the One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing grant, provided to Grand Rapids Community College from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The One Workforce grant staff worked with West Michigan employers to develop the program. The grant will supplement the cost of the program, making the hands-on training available for $50.

There are more than 25 companies in West Michigan with CNC operator positions available with starting wages from $18-$22 per hour. Job developers will connect students to employers by providing two interviews as part of the program.

“What sets the One Workforce program apart is the intentional connection it creates between the student and the employers,” program manager C. Dennis Triggs said. “Not only are we listening to employers to tailor the training, we do everything possible to place every student in the right job.”

This 16-week, part-time class is open to anyone and allows those who are currently working to gain skills to improve their income potential. No experience is necessary. Students will learn by doing in the Advance Manufacturing Lab at West Michigan University’s downtown Grand Rapids location.

Instructor Andy Beach has many years working in the field and enjoys teaching others about it.

“Watching the students realize the opportunities that are available to them just by learning these basic skills is very rewarding,” he said. “Once a participant learns what CNC or machine tooling is, they start seeing it everywhere in our lives. When the light bulb turns on and the student understands, it is the best. It’s fun to watch.”

The One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing project will help people who are unemployed or underemployed gain transformative academic and career skills with enhanced support. The program will build a talented workforce to fill existing job openings and prepare for the future of manufacturing, helping residents and the region as a whole.

GRCC in 2021 was one of 19 organizations in the nation and two in Michigan to earn grants in the program.

To find out if you qualify for this 64-hour, hands-on training, apply at or call 616-234-3383.

Blake Waibel leads GRCC pitchers in 18-strikeout win over Cornerstone University junior varsity

Blake Waibel holding a ball, smiling.

The Grand Rapids Community College baseball pitching staff struck out 18 batters in route to a 13-6 victory over the junior varsity of Cornerstone University on Wednesday.

Sophomore Blake Waibel was unstoppable on the mound for GRCC in the first four innings, allowing just one hit while striking out 10 batters. 

The Raiders offense scored 11 runs before Cornerstone finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jacob Gumieny led the offensive attack with three of the team’s 10 total hits, including his first home run of the season.  Leadoff hitter Trevin Laming, who hit his second homer in as many days, and Aaron Bess each had two hits.

Ethan London, Alex Schmitt, Mason Hammond and Austyn Adams all pitched at least one inning in relief of Waibel and combined for eight strikeouts while giving up just three hits.

GRCC is scheduled to begin MCCAA Northern Conference play this Friday against Delta College. First pitch of game one is set for 2 p.m.

This story was reported by Ben Brown.

GRCC women’s basketball player Sally Merrill named conference Co-Player of the Year, Grace Lodes named top defender

GRCC Women's Basketball players in uniform, smiling.

Grand Rapids Community College basketball player Sally Merrill was named Co-Player of the Year and Grace Lodes was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Northern Conference in postseason awards announced Tuesday.

Merrill and Lodes were also named All-Region, All-MCCAA, and First Team All-Conference for the second consecutive year.

Merrill also earned Most Valuable Player honors of the NJCAA Great Lakes B Tournament helping GRCC to their second championship in the past three years.

“I’m proud of our student-athletes and coaches for strong performances,” Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “We have strong programs, with some of the best players in the state, and the nation. They work hard to be successful on the court and in the classroom.”

GRCC’s Marlene Bussler was named Second Team All-Conference, and Allison Kellogg, Emersyn Koepke and Alyssa Katerberg were named Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Merrill is the team’s leading scorer at 16.6 points per game while Lodes averaged a double-double this year, scoring 13.9 points and grabbing 10.6 rebounds per game.

Bussler, who shares the honor with Jade Schultz of Alpena Community College, averages 11.6 points and a team-high 5.3 assists per game. Kellogg averaged a solid 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Koepke was third on the team in assists and fourth on the team in steals and three-pointers made. Katerberg was the team’s second best three pointer shooter and second best shot blocker.

The women’s team currently has a 19-9 record and plays its second game of the NJCAA National Championships Thursday at 9 a.m.

For the men’s team, Danyel Bibbs was named Second Team All-Conference, earning him back-to-back All-Conference honors. He averaged a team-high 16.7 points per game and led the MCCAA with six assists per game.

Brockton Kohler, Chris Coleman and Bashir Neely all were named Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Kohler, who is signed to play with Cleary University next year, averaged 12.3 points per game and was the team’s leading three-point shooter. Coleman averaged 10.3 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal per game.  Neely averaged 11.4 points and was the team’s leader with 46 steals.

Rico Wade was named to the All-Defensive team after an outstanding individual defensive season guarding 1-4 for GRCC, and being an anchor for the team defensively.

The men’s team finished with a 21-8 overall record and third place in the conference.

This story was written by Ben Brown.

Celebrating Women’s History Month by giving back

The Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion is collecting donations until the end of the month for the YWCA and the Women’s Resource Center.

The YWCA accepts donations of cleaning items, hygiene items, sheets, and baby items.

The Women’s Resource Center collects lightly-used business casual clothing.

Donations can be dropped off at the ODEI office inside the Library and Learning Commons. A full list of acceptable donation items can be found on the ODEI News and Events webpage.