Coming Soon: Website updates to reflect the new ASA reorganization

As part of the Academic and Student Affairs reorganization, we will be launching new webpages on grcc.edu for the School of Business and Industry, School of STEM, School of Liberal Arts and School of Health Sciences. All information found on the current School of Workforce Development and School of Arts and Sciences webpages will be found on their new corresponding school webpage.

Stay tuned!

First time user option returning to MyGRCC Portal

Back by popular demand! As of Tuesday, June 28th, the First Time User option returned to the MyGRCC portal. We hope this will make the user experience more intuitive. 

As before, new users to the MyGRCC portal can click on the First Time User option to find their username and set their password. Once the password is set they will immediately be able to login to the portal and access all of the available apps.    

How will this affect you?

Please update any tools that reference how to login for new users. This may include:

  • Printed materials
  • Videos
  • Emails
  • Website  

Feel free to reference the following knowledge base article for more information: 

Password Reset Tool First Time User

If you have any questions about this change, we encourage you to reach out to the IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357 or by visiting our Customer Support Portal.

GRCC In the News 07/01/2022

Más de 900 nuevos estudiantes elegibles para asistir a GRCC con apoyo financiero de Grand Rapids Promise Zone

6/30/22 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN–  900 estudiantes han sido invitados a asistir a Grand Rapids Community College a aplicar en los programas de becas para el año académico 2022-2023 con el apoyo financiero de Grand Rapids Promise Zone. 

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN– 900 students have been invited to attend Grand Rapids Community College to apply for scholarship programs for the 2022-2023 academic year with financial support from the Grand Rapids Promise Zone.)

GRCC alumni, professors collaborate to support Ukrainian relief efforts

6/30/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

Community college professors and alumni are being featured in a poetry anthology, the proceeds of which will be donated to the International Rescue Committee.

“Busy Griefs, Raw Towns,” a new poetry anthology featuring Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) graduates and professors, will be on sale starting July 15 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Nagle family hosts vigil asking for justice, answers in deadly deputy shooting

6/30/22 FOX 17

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich.  — The family of Joseph Nagle, 22, gathered at the spot where he died on a rural Allegan County road Thursday with one thing in mind: justice.

… The family says that’s not like Joseph. He looked up to law enforcement officers, studied to be a police officer at Grand Rapids Community College, and ultimately decided not to go into law enforcement because he didn’t like guns.

NJCAA to launch inaugural logo tournament July 5

6/30/22 leadpub.com

DOWAGIAC — National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12 announced Thursday it will be having its inaugural logo tournament.

… With 35 schools, there are also three play-in match ups — Lakeland vs. Grand Rapids Community College; Ivy Tech-Fort Wayne vs. Terra State Community College and North Central Michigan College vs. Oakland Community College.

Family, friends create memorial for man shot & killed by Allegan County sheriff’s deputy

7/1/22 WWMT

HOPKINS, Mich. — A memorial banner, cross and bouquets of flowers now serve as a quiet reminder about what happened on the rural Allegan County road where Joseph Nagle took his last breath.

… He was taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College and wanted to become a police officer, according to his ex-girlfriend, Courtney Riva.

Don’t fear the FAFSA! GRCC specialists ready to help students with financial aid applications to help make college more affordable

Don’t fear the FAFSA! Grand Rapids Community College has resources available to help students complete the federal form for financial aid and potentially help them access programs and grants to help pay for a college education.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA, is required for students to receive financial support through federal grants, programs such as Michigan Reconnect and the Grand Rapids Promise Zone, and scholarships through the GRCC Foundation.

The college has a FAFSA Hotline – (616) 234-4030 – with specialists available to answer questions about the form. Students also can make appointments to connect with specialists in person, virtually or over the phone at grcc.edu/financialaid.

“The FAFSA application can unlock many opportunities for students to reduce, or even potentially eliminate, college costs,” said David DeBoer, GRCC’s executive director of Financial Aid. “We don’t want anyone to miss out on a GRCC education that can change their lives. It might seem complicated, but our team is trained to assist you. We are here to help!”

FAFSA is an online form that requires financial and tax information for students and parents, if the students are dependents.

GRCC has a series of helpful videos available on YouTube’s GRCCtv

The FAFSA can be completed, typically in under an hour, at fafsa.gov using a computer or tablet.  The U.S. Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid also has information for students and families available at StudentAid.gov.

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation also requires a FAFSA for students applying for scholarships. The foundation awarded $1.4 million in scholarships to GRCC students last year.

Information and universal scholarship applications are available at grcc.edu/scholarships.

“We don’t want financial obstacles to stand in the way of someone starting or restarting a college education that can change lives,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Mullins, vice president for Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation. “The FAFSA is the first step on that journey. Our team will not only help you get started, but will be with you every step of the way.”

GRCC In the News 06/30/2022

GRCC alumni, professors collaborate to support Ukrainian relief efforts

6/29/22 Grand Rapids Magazine

Community college professors and alumni are being featured in a poetry anthology, the proceeds of which will be donated to the International Rescue Committee. 

“Busy Griefs, Raw Towns,” a new poetry anthology featuring Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) graduates and professors, will be on sale starting July 15 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Over 900 students invited to attend GRCC with financial support

6/29/22 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — More than 900 students have been invited to attend Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) this fall with financial support from the Grand Rapids Promise Zone.

News at 6 p.m.

6/29/22 FOX 17

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Candlelight vigil planned for man shot and killed by Allegan County deputy

6/29/22 WWMT

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Thursday night in memory of a 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by an Allegan County deputy during a traffic stop.

… (Joey) Nagle was a 2018 graduate of Comstock Park High School and a former all-state wrestler. He was enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and wanted to become a police officer, said his ex-girlfriend, Courtney Riva.

Father-son duos together one last time at the Record-Eagle Summer Classic

6/30/22 Traverse City Record-Eagle

In sports, there are often father and son duos on the same teams. Rather it’s two players — Ken Griffey and his son Ken Griffey Jr. or a son and coach duo like Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers in basketball.

… Tommy’s (Reid III) work ethic this season paid off, he managed in 72 innings pitched to have 130 strikeouts, with a 0.86 ERA. Even when he bats, all that extra reps paid off. He finished his senior year with a .547 batting average with 37 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Tommy playing days aren’t done as he is going to Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC Celebrates World Affairs Council Award with Ambassador Yovanovitch

On Friday, June 24 , members of the GRCC community celebrated with former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch her award of the Vandenberg Prize. Given annually by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, the honor is presented to national or international leaders who have been influential in developing global understanding and collaboration on the world stage.

Pictured below with the ambassador are (left to right): Kate Kryger (Professor of Biology), Rachel Lutwick-Deaner (Assistant Professor of English & Gender Studies), Ambassador Yovanovitch, Kathleen Bruinsma (Board of Trustees), Ashley Fox (Assistant Director of Student Life), and Emily Pain (Assistant Professor of Sociology & Gender Studies).

Also attending the event were: Grant Snider (Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences), Leigh Kleinert (Interim Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences), Bill Faber (Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences), Steve Abid (Foundation Board of Directors & Retired Professor of Economics), Yan Bai (Professor of Political Science), Hillery Haney (Professor of French), Nikki Smith (Professor of Criminal Justice), Evan Macklin (TRIO Program Advisor), Mike DeVivo (Professor of Geography), Suzanna Duba (former US Department of State Intern, US Embassy, Kyiv & GRCC alumna), and Cadey Korson (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Massey University of New Zealand & GRCC alumna).

GRCC, as an educational partner of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, hosts the Great Decisions Global Discussion Series, which is considered America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.

Among the speakers featured in 2022 were Fiona Hill, Elizabeth Shackelford and Jennifer Devine. GRCC students, faculty, and staff attend lectures for free. For more information, visit: Home | World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (worldmichigan.org)

Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinar opportunity June 30

This session will share information on the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program Basics, recent changes to the PSLF program, the PSLF Help Tool, and additional resources to navigate the application process.

This session is intended for borrowers of Federal student loans with special emphasis on current and former students who may qualify for the PSLF Program due to the following: employer type; employment status; eligible payments and an eligible repayment plan.
 
The platform to have your questions answered will be via chat on Microsoft Teams Live.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

8:00-9:00pm EST

Register today!

More than 900 new students eligible to attend GRCC with financial support from Grand Rapids Promise Zone

More than 900 students have been invited to attend Grand Rapids Community College during the 2022-2023 academic year with financial support from the Grand Rapids Promise Zone.

This year, more than 500 students attended GRCC using the Promise Zone scholarship, which removes cost as a barrier to a quality college education for eligible students.

“The Grand Rapids Promise Zone is about access and opportunity, and an indication of this community’s commitment to helping everyone get the education they need to be successful,” said Ashlee Mishler, Promise Zone director. “This is an opportunity for students to start their educational journey at GRCC, earning credits or career skill certificates — for free — close to home.”  

The Promise Zone scholarship is available for students who live within Grand Rapids and graduate from one of the 25 public, public charter, or private high schools located within the city limits. The program covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and required course materials for GRCC’s associate degree and job training and certification programs.

The Promise Zone scholarship is a “last dollar” scholarship. Students must complete the FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid — to determine available need-based aid. Once the total need-based aid has been determined, the scholarship covers the remaining costs.

Students are eligible to receive the full Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship (60 credit hours) if:

  • They attend an eligible Grand Rapids high school continuously since the beginning of 10th grade or before;
  • They live in the city of Grand Rapids boundaries continuously since the beginning of 10th grade or before; and
  • They graduate from any of the 25 public, public charter, or private high schools located within the city.

Students who have been enrolled at an eligible high school and who have resided in Grand Rapids continuously since the start of 11th grade are eligible for a partial scholarship, covering up to 30 credit hours at GRCC.

Eligible students have five years to access these funds from the time they graduate high school. Once enrolled, they must take at least six credits in the fall and winter semesters. Students who opt to attend a different college or university can still use the Promise Zone scholarship as a GRCC guest student during the summer semesters.

The scholarships were created in 2020 by the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority, a group of city and community leaders and educators.

Additional information is available at grcc.edu/promisezone and grpromisezone.com, through email at promisezone@grcc.edu and by calling (616) 234-4321.

GRCC In the News 06/29/2022

Baseball awards

6/24/22 The Post (Cedar Springs)

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk varsity baseball team tied the school record for wins this season with 23.  They finished 4th in the OK Gold Conference, which gave them four all conference nominations.  

… (Aiden) Brunin batted lead off this season. He had 110 at bats and a 427 average. His 47 hits included 9 doubles and 3 triples. He scored 42 runs and led the team with 27 stolen bases. He will attend Grand Rapids Community College this fall and play for Coach Mike Eddington. Though he was primarily a shortstop for the Red Hawks, Aiden will likely see playing time all over the field at the collegiate level. Brunin was OK Gold All Conference, and District 9 All District as a short stop.  He will also play in the John Bos all-star game this week.

How Some Hospitals Are Grappling with the Workforce Shortage

6/29/22 American Hospital Association

In April, leaders at Sanford Health, a rural system in Fargo, North Dakota, began rolling out an augmented intelligence software tool the organization co-developed with the tech firm Flexwise Health to begin scheduling its 10,000-plus nurses more effectively.

… After examining turnover and forecasting data, Trinity (Health) leaders decided to try an apprenticeship program modeled after approaches used in manufacturing and construction. The 12-month program, developed with Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan Works! Association, lifted Trinity Health’s medical assistant-retention rate to 76% one year after graduation. The health system has trained 129 medical assistants since the program’s inception.

Twisthink moves headquarters to Grand Rapids

6/29/22 consulting.us

Twisthink, a Holland, MI-based digital consulting firm, is establishing a new headquarters facility in Grand Rapids.

… The new facility will create 37 immediate jobs in engineering, strategy, design, and project leadership. Twisthink provides employees with professional development opportunities including reimbursement for advanced degrees and training programs, with Grand Rapids Community College committing to support Twisthink’s expansion with a workforce training package in 2023.

CAP 3.4 recognizing Stonewall riots with resources

GRCC’s LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team, CAP 3.4, is dedicated to supporting GRCC’s greater commitment to equity and GRCC’s values of diversity, innovation, respect, and responsiveness. The CAP team wants to provide resources highlighting and celebrating LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, and the larger GRCC Family.

GRCC on June 18 showed its pride by having a booth at the 34th annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival. Today, our pride continues as we commemorate the 53rd Anniversary of Stonewall riots, which many consider the catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.

In support of this day, the GRCC Library is providing a link to learn more about Stonewall on History.com. Additionally, please stop by the library to see its Stonewall book display or check out some of the resources it has supporting the LGBTQ+ community here at GRCC by visiting its LGBTQ Resources Subject Guide.

The CAP team wants to highlight our community advocates and partners: Grand Rapids Pride CenterStandOutUnited Campus Christian Fellowship, and Grand Rapids Trans Foundation.

GRCC alumni, faculty members contribute to anthology to support Ukrainian relief efforts

Grand Rapids Community College alumni and faculty are among the contributors to a poetry anthology to support Ukrainian relief efforts.

“Busy Griefs, Raw Towns” will be available at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, starting July 15.

GF Korreck, who edited the collection, noted that almost all the poems were written expressly in support of the relief efforts.

“Poetry cannot stop violence,” said Korreck, who attended GRCC when it was Grand Rapids Junior College. “But it can awaken people. It can remind us of our soul, our humanity, and what it means to be part of a world.”

The anthology, produced by Schuler, includes work by:

  • GRJC alumnus David Cope, a former Grand Rapids poet laureate who taught at GRCC for 22 years.
  • GRCC alumnus Alban Fischer, author of “Fake Moon” and founding editor of Trnsfr and Trnsfr Books.
  • GRCC professor Katie Kalisz, author of “Quiet Woman.”
  • GRCC professor Mursalata Muhammad, recent recipient of the Sweeney Memorial Boat House Residency at Lines End for emerging writers.
  • Former GRCC adjunct instructor Debra Wierenga, author of “Marriage and Other Infidelities.”

Korreck was the editor of the 2007 anthology “Sins and Felonies” that included his work, and submissions form Cope and two others with GRJC ties, Frank Salamone and David Montgomery. All four were also associated with Display Magazine, which continues today.

Proceeds from sales of the book will go to the International Rescue Committee to support continuing Ukraine relief efforts. It can be ordered in advance on Schuler’s website, linked here.

GRCC baseball slugger Ryan Dykstra thriving after taking his game to the Kalamazoo Growlers of Northwoods League

Ryan Dykstra in Growlers uniform.

Ryan Dykstra is following a fantastic season on Grand Rapids Community College’s baseball team by taking his game to the next level, playing for the Kalamazoo Growlers of the Northwoods League.

The Northwoods League is a developmental league for elite college players, with players using wood bats instead of the metal bats used at the college level.

That hasn’t deterred the 6-foot, 210-pound outfielder from Byron Center. Through Sunday, Dykstra has played in 25 games, batting .292, and leading the team in hits and is second with 20 RBI.

He recently earned a promotion: a contract to play for the entire season.

“I’m glad to get it,” he said of the contract extension. “I didn’t know what to expect. But being here, I’m glad to be extended and to keep doing this thing.”

The 22-team league has existed for 27 seasons. More than 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including former Detroit Tigers Curtis Granderson and Max Scherzer and New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso.

Because Northwoods is an amateur league, players are not paid, allowing them to maintain their college eligibility. League teams play 72 games from late May until mid-August. Most live with host families during the season to keep expenses to a minimum.

The Growlers have players from across the country, and they attend colleges including Duke, University of Miami, Ohio State University, and the University of Tennessee. Dykstra has committed to playing at Oakland University next season and looks forward to entering teaching or business after graduating.

Fred Brown, GRCC assistant baseball coach, is the Growler’s hitting coach and recommended Dykstra for the team after a stellar GRCC season. Dykstra’s .422 batting average led the Raiders, and he also had the most runs, hits, doubles, home runs, and runs batted in.

That performance earned him four postseason honors from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. He was named All-Region, All-MCCAA and First Team All-Conference. He also was named to the All-Tournament team at the regionals after batting .588 in five games.

Dykstra played baseball, football and basketball at South Christian High School, and GRCC head baseball coach Mike Eddington said Dykstra’s decision to focus on baseball helped improve his game.

“What I like about Ryan’s background is that he was a very good three-sport athlete, and he had a big upside once he focused on baseball,” Eddington said. “Ryan is passionate about being good, and he loves baseball. Playing for the Growlers this summer will prepare Ryan for Division 1 baseball.”

Dykstra was able to play before the hometown crowd last week, when the Growlers bested the Traverse City Pit Spitters 7-4 at LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps. He had three hits in five at-bats, driving in a run.