Student employees, staff and faculty are mandatory reporters.

By law mandatory reporters must report allegations of sexual misconduct or other violations of the sexual misconduct policy  to  Deborah Sanders the Title IX Coordinator , Title IX Deputy Coordinators Sara Dorer or Cathy Wilson, or Campus Police  as soon as possible and normally within three workdays.
Students and employees should note that licensed personal counselors in the Counseling and Career Center are considered “confidential employees” and are not mandatory reporters.

GRCC community invited to Domestic Violence Awareness Month event

“A Journey in Their Shoes,” a Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, is designed to help participants begin to understand the issues, barriers to seeking help, and the emotions that victims and survivors of domestic violence experience each day. During the simulation, participants play the role of a victim or survivor of domestic violence and experience the responses they often receive from family, friends and community members. A facilitated discussion will follow the activity, which will allow participants to reflect on their experience and further understand the issue and resources available to someone experiencing domestic violence.

The event, which is co-hosted by Safe Haven and GVSU’s Women’s Center, will be held 6:30 p.m. October 29 at Rockford Construction Company, 610 First St. NW. You do not need to register in advance. Click here to learn more about this and other activities planned for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For more information sexual misconduct and your resources at GRCC, click here.

Boosting Fall Enrollment – Calling Campaign Volunteers Needed

Student Affairs is in need of volunteers to make phone calls to former students who have not yet enrolled for the Fall semester. An easy step-by-step guide for making and tracking calls is provided, and calls can be completed from your workstation/office. We are reminding students enrollment is open, answer questions, offer assistance, and finding out if the student plans to return to GRCC in the Fall. We currently have two lists of students we are reaching out to.

One of our callers commented: “I enjoyed speaking with the students who answered, offering them a bit of encouragement, and planting seeds where I could.”

We need your help in making phone calls, please contact the Student Affairs office 3925 or email

GRCC In the News, 5-19-14

GRCC students earn awards at national business professionals competition

May 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students took home eight awards at a Business Professionals of America completion in Indianapolis.

Grupos minoritarios de GRCC aumentan pese a prohibición de Acción Afirmativa

May 16, 2014; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH).- Tras la aprobación de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de los Estados Unidos de ratificar la Prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa en el estado de Michigan, tal como se había aprobado en el año 2006 por un grupo de seis magistrados de la corte del estado, desde entonces universidades y colegios han acatado la ley, dejando de dar privilegios a las minorías a la hora de asistir en busca de educación superior.

Pese a la drástica ley, aun existen centros de educación avanzada donde estadísticamente los números en porcentajes de las minorías siguen aumentado.
En ese sentido, en la ciudad de Grand Rapids autoridades del Community College (GRCC) explicaron como están trabajando con los grupos minoritarios interesados en asistir al centro, tras la aplicación de la prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa.

West Ottawa seniors celebrate their next steps in Decision Day Party

May 18, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — With cheerleaders lining the halls, college mascots giving out high fives and the drum line playing, West Ottawa High School was in celebration mode on Thursday.

… “At first I didn’t want to go to college,” (Darah) Kok said. But with the urging of some friends and teachers, he decided to look into it.
“People started telling me (college) changes your life. I didn’t want to waste my life.”

Kok plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College in the fall on a full ride scholarship.

SECOM-GRCC Partnership Recognized at Annual Armen Awards Celebration

May 16, 2014; SECOM newsletter

Service, innovation, and collaboration are at the heart of Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Armen Awards, a competitive program designed to promote innovative thinking. Created and supported by longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian, the program rewards student teams who design and implement projects that benefit a community organization.

Muskegon sports briefs: Muskegon Community College drops 13-inning marathon in regional baseball

May 16, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — It’s going to be a quick turnaround for the Muskegon Community College baseball team.

… The game ended after midnight and MCC (35-17) faces an elimination game at 11:30 a.m. Friday against Grand Rapids Community College in Battle Creek.



Grad Fest 2014 – Call for Volunteers!

GRCC’s Grad Fest event is one of our opportunities as faculty and staff to celebrate with our upcoming graduates. This event provides students with details regarding our commencement ceremony, information about paying back student loans, information on job opportunities, and much more! Grad Fest is taking place on Tuesday, April 8th in the Student Center, Multi-Purpose room from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. We need volunteers to help make this event successful. If you are interested in volunteering for a 2 hour block of time that day, please contact Erin Cisler at or (616) 234-3931.

Title IX Investigator Training Event – Photos


GRCC had the opportunity this week to host a 2-day regional training institute for the Association of Title IX Administrators. While Title IX has many implications for our institution, this event focused specifically on policy/procedure development and conducting investigations regarding sexual misconduct. The “Title IX Investigator Training School” drew a crowd of 90 participants, representing 20 institutions from 6 states (including Washington State, New York, and Pennsylvania.)

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Employees from GRCC who received certificates of completion for this important training included: Faye Davis, Sara Dorer, Tina Hoxie, Kathy Keating, Scott Merlo, Mike Roche, Deb Sanders, Luanne Wedge, Charles Wells, Rebecca Whitman, and Eric Williams.

Student Satisfaction Fair – Photos

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Yesterday in the Raider Grille, GRCC held a “Student Satisfaction Fair” and invited students to submit their thoughts on how well the college is doing at meeting their needs, as well as offer suggestions on new services or improvements.  As an enticement, any student who participated was entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card to the bookstore.

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Your Advice Needed on Student Outreach and Recruitment

The Admissions Office and Student Affairs is seeking input on new student outreach and recruitment efforts. GRCC staff and faculty who are parents/guardians of high school seniors or college freshmen are invited to a lunch on Friday, July 1, 2011, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM to discuss ways in which GRCC can effectively communicate with and recruit high school students.

If you’re interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Sandy Gregory in the Admissions Office at

Photos – Reverse Transfer Agreement Signing


Yesterday, surrounded by employers, elected officials, students and staff, the presidents of four area universities and Grand Rapids Community College signed a Reverse Transfer Associate Degree Initiative consortia agreement, further enhancing the “transfer and articulation” partnership that exists between these educational institutions.

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Under the partnership agreement, students from Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University could be granted an earned Associate Degree by combining credits from their transfer school with the credits they have previously earned from GRCC.  Read more here.

A First: Tickets Required for Our Commencement Ceremony April 29

Changes in the fieldhouse layout, not to mention our climbing enrollment, dictate that we provide tickets to each graduating student who will be “walking” this year. The exact number of tickets has not been decided, but it will likely be 5 or 6. On top of that, graduates will receive a quantity of tickets for our overflow seating at Fountain Street Church where a live video feed will be seen. Tickets will be distributed along with caps and gowns at Grad Fest April 19– also a first this year – where students can get all their graduation materials and instructions in one spot on April 19.