Nominations sought for 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 14, 2020.  If you prefer a paper nomination form, please contact to request one.  For more information, you may visit the website.

GRCC In the News, 1-20-20

Everything you need to know about Grand Rapids’ free college tuition promise

Jan. 18, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A development plan to begin the Grand Rapids Promise Zone was approved earlier this week.

… Right now, the Grand Rapids Promise can only be used at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Eligible public and private school graduates can receive scholarships beginning the Fall 2020 semester.

Local leaders call free college a ‘game-changer’

Jan. 17, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids leaders expect the recently approved Promise Zone plan to greatly affect future opportunities for local students, especially those who come from low-income backgrounds.

Starting with the class of 2020, students from 22 Grand Rapids public, charter and private high schools can get two years of free tuition for associate degrees, job training and certification programs at Grand Rapids Community College.

Growth Report: January 18, 2020

Jan. 18, 2020; Mibiz

This is the growth report for January 18, 2020.

… Higher ed

Students who attend high school in Grand Rapids will soon be able to continue their education for free at Grand Rapids Community College. Starting with the class of 2020, students who live and attend high school in the city can earn a certificate or associate degree at GRCC tuition-free under a plan approved by the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority board of directors. The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship also will cover the cost of books, supplies, and fees associated with courses. All 22 of the city’s public, public charter, or private high schools are included in the program.

5 things: Breakfast after the bell boosts participation in Massachusetts schools

Jan. 17, 2020; Food Management

Each Friday Food Management compiles a list that highlights five things you probably missed in the onsite foodservice news that week and why you should care about them.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan has reduced prices at two campus dining locations—Raider Grill and Sneden Cafe—to make eating on campus more affordable for students battling food insecurity. According to a press release from the school, the size of the rollback varies from item to item. For example, a basket of four chicken tenders that used to cost $5.35 is now a basket of five tenders costing $5.

Member of Central Park Five speaking in Grand Rapids

Jan. 18, 2020; The Holland Sentinel

Dr. Yusef Salaam, a member of the exonerated Central Park Five, will serve as keynote speaker for the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State and Davenport universities.

Change-Ups: Dozeman re-elected managing partner

Jan. 17, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Wedgwood’s NextGen Board welcomed Alexa Kramer, city of Grand Rapids; Chris Sain Jr., Grand Rapids Community College; Jaunetta Holman, Nobel Polymers; Kyle Mol, Mercantile Bank; Matthew Baxter, The Wedge; and Stephanie Gonda, Projects of Purpose.

IT moves service request process to Support Portal

Did you know?

Are you still filling out a paper Application Access or Network Access Provisioning form to request access for your new or transferring employee?

We have great news for you! IT has moved away from using paper, moving all of our IT services into the Support Portal. Using your Campus Network credentials to log in, you can report issues and submit service requests, including new access for employee’s on the move!

To get started, visit the Submit a Network Provisioning Form service! Remember, you no longer need to use the paper form. By logging into the ticketing system, your request is authorized.

Please remember that only supervisors or APSS staff may request new or additional access for employee’s. Employees may not request new or additional access for themselves.

GRCC In the News, 1-17-20

Campus food is now cheaper for cash-strapped GRCC students

Jan. 16, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The prices at Grand Rapids Community College’s Raider Grill and Sneden Café were reduced this week to become more affordable for students.

Inside the Promise Zone

Jan. 16, 2020; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) embraces the life-changing role it will play educating students through the Grand Rapids Promise Zone, and is proud to be a partner in these efforts to strengthen the region for generations to come, GRCC President Bill Pink said.

Dr. Yusef A. Salaam to Deliver Keynote Address at 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Jan. 16, 2020; Women’s Lifestyle

“I have a dream”— words that resonate through our collective history with a breathtaking profundity. Spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963, in Washington D.C. among a quarter of a million civil rights supporters, these words helped to change the life of America.

On Jan. 20, through a partnership among Grand Valley State University, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids is invited to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King for the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Fountain Street Church.

He worked the assembly line at 20 years old. Now he’s taking the VP job with UAW Ford.

Jan. 16, 2020; The Detroit Free Press

Gerald Kariem, who started on the assembly line at age 20 and is the son of a foundry worker, has been named vice president and director of the UAW Ford Department, where he will handle daily labor issues and negotiations with the largest employer of UAW members in the industry.

… His UAW biography notes he has served as an instructor and conference coordinator at the University of Michigan Labor Studies Institute. He serves on the Alliance for Health board of directors. In 2012, he received the Martha Reynolds Labor Award from Grand Rapids Community College, and in April 2014, he received the Michigan Labor Press Award.

National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free programming for higher education faculty

NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for higher education faculty to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. These projects are designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students. To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual seminar or institute’s website.

For a list of seminars and application information, please refer to the NEH’s Summer Programs webpage. You can also contact Kim Squiers in the Grants Department at extension 2577 or, if you have further questions.

Ric Underhile named interim executive director of Noorthoek Academy

Dr. Ric Underhile

Dr. Ric Underhile

Dr. Ric Underhile has been named interim executive director of Noorthoek Academy.

Now in its 30th year, Noorthoek is a private nonprofit organization that works in partnership with GRCC to provide a post-secondary, college experience in the arts and sciences for people with special needs.

Underhile has served as a member of Noorthoek’s board of trustees since 2018 and as director of Grants Management and associate vice president for Advancement at Aquinas College for the past five years. His administrative background in education also includes five years as associate dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at GRCC.

GRCC In the News, 1-16-20

GRCC lowers prices at 2 dining locations to help students with food insecurity

Jan. 15, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced Wednesday the prices at two campus dining locations have been rolled back to make eating on campus more affordable for students battling food insecurity.

“We’re calling it history”: GRCC proud to offer tuition-free education for Grand Rapids students

Jan. 16, 2020;

Grand Rapids Public Schools recently announced the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority’s intent to approve a development plan for the creation of a scholarship. Starting with the Class of 2020, students who live in the City of Grand Rapids and graduate from one of its eligible high schools can earn a certificate or associate degree at Grand Rapids Community College tuition-free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday 2020 events in the Grand Rapids area

Jan. 16, 2020; MLive

The federal holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is Monday, Jan. 20.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Davenport University offer an Inter-Campus Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Events take place on all three campuses over two days.

Holland success story shows training and coaching key to better-paying jobs

Jan. 16, 2020;

When Karuna Khadka immigrated to the United States from Nepal in 2017, her biggest challenge was learning a new language and figuring out how to find a job.

… Khadka qualified for an America’s Promise Grant (APG), a program administered by Grand Rapids Community College to provide healthcare training for underserved populations, which in this case is women and minorities.

Ottawa County’s workforce shortage puts more attention on training

Jan. 16, 2020;

With an unemployment rate under 3%, Ottawa County has one of the lowest in the state. As a result, employers are responding in creative ways to address retention and recruitment. We asked Allise Wilkerson, talent solutions manager for West Michigan Works! about the opportunities the talent shortage is creating for workers.

… A lot of employers are investing in training for their employees. There’s been an increase in apprenticeships and working with different training providers, like Grand Rapids Community College and M-TEC, to upskill current employees so they can advance to higher positions. Tuition reimbursement, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training programs can be a big draw for people because education can be expensive. Not everybody has the ability to take out loans or pay for it out of pocket. Offering access to training and career pathways also sends a message to current and potential employees that they have the opportunity to grow in the organization.

Dood takes over as Lakeview village manager

Jan. 15, 2020; Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s police chief who stepped in as interim village manager last October has been given the job permanently.

… (Darin) Dood received his police academy/criminal justice certification from Grand Rapids Community College in December 2000. He also holds an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College (December 1996).

Alum Gregory Swets opens chiropractic office in Grand Rapids

Dr. Gregory Swets, a former biodiversity student at GRCC, is now a physician at den Boer Chiropractic here in Grand Rapids. Dr. Swets treats multi-system disorders utilizing tenants of functional medicine and chiropractic, treats musculoskeletal disorders, and “educates patients to the best of my ability, to empower themselves in their own healing.”

Dr. Swets received his degree from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois.  His office is at 600 Broadway Ave.

GRCC In the News, 1-15-20

John Jay College Uses Predictive Analytics to Boost Graduation Rate

Jan. 14, 2020; Nonprofit Quarterly

NPQ has reported before on what colleges are doing to help students graduate, as in the example of California’s public institutions of higher learning and their all-out focus on raising graduation rates. On the east coast, the John Jay College for Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York, started its completion program with analytics and moved to a model that John Jay associate provost Dana Byrne calls “wildly intrusive.”

… That figure of $300 has come up before. At California’s San Jose State, small emergency grants around that size can get students through to the end of the semester. Even community colleges are stepping in; for instance, Grand Rapids Community College makes $500 available for full-time students.

State Briefs

Jan. 14, 2020; Grand Haven Tribune

Grand Rapids graduates get free tuition at community college

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship covers tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and attend a local high school for at least three years. A student who lives in Grand Rapids and spends two years at a high school would get a 50 percent scholarship.

Michigan college enrollment numbers on a steady decline over past five years

Jan. 14, 2020; WGVU

Michigan Has the 4th Highest drop in College enrollment in the nation. That’s according to a recent report from the National Student Clearing Research Center.  The study found that in 2019, Michigan saw a decrease of roughly 17,000 student enrolling in higher education, while the Nationwide enrollment declined by 1.7%—translating to around 300,000 students.

… Dave Murray, Grand Rapids Community College Communication Director, agrees.

‘It might spark a desire to want to change something’

Jan. 14, 2020; (Kent Intermediate School District)

After Jalen Finn read an article about how much less economic investment Grand Rapids’ Third Ward was receiving than other wards, he mentioned it to Rodney Brown, principal of Grand Rapids Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College.