Ten new international students are joining GRCC this semester!

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The New Student Orientation for International students was held on campus Friday, January 4th. Orientation runs all day and is filled with important information about federal rules and regulations for students on an F-1 visa, a tour of campus, information on getting around GRCC (bus lines, etc.), lunch, technology, and academic advising information.

The Admissions Office welcomed 10 new international students from Haiti, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and China. Please help us welcome them to GRCC!

Photos from Spring Open House

Admissions hosted their annual Spring Open House for prospective students this past Saturday, March 24th.  The event was held in the Applied Technology Center.  A total of 154 individual prospective students, representing 54 high schools, and their families attended.  We saw about 500 people in total during the event.  Students were able to attend presentations on Academic Pathways and Admissions & Financial Aid, go on a campus tour, take their placement test, attend a FAFSA completion workshop and meet with staff from 25 GRCC departments.  In addition, six academic departments hosted tours of their area for students.

A huge thank you goes out to all staff who attended the event and connected with potential students.  In addition, thanks are due to Bayard Brooks, Becky Yoder and Chef Luba for ensuring the event was set up perfectly and students and staff were well fed!

Save the date for the Fall Open House which will be held on Saturday November 3rd!

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Nominations due by March 1 for Outstanding Adult Learner Award

Here at GRCC, we are fortunate to have many remarkable students. Here’s your chance to help one outstanding adult student from the college with the annual GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. This important award recognizes and celebrates the academic achievements, leadership and community contributions of local adult students.

For nearly 20 years, the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN), of which GRCC is a member school, honors an outstanding adult learner from every one of its 12 member institutions every year.

GRCC faculty and staff can nominate individuals (adult and nontraditional students) from the 2017-2018 school year using the nomination form below.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Francisco Ramirez at (616) 234-3181 or framirez@grcc.edu.

18 OAL FacultyStaff letter

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GRCC In the News, 2-8-18

Mich. colleges find success with pathways

Feb. 7, 2018; Community College Daily

Community colleges in Michigan have made significant progress in redesigning programs and services to help students succeed through the implementation of career pathways.

… In one example from the report, Grand Rapids Community College has developed 10 pathways that include both career and transfer programs, plus a pathways degree for students who haven’t yet identified a major. Students in this program are prompted to enroll in a set of Priority 1 courses, including math and English composition. There’s also a pathways degree with a business concentration for students interested in business but undecided about a specific program.

Jets basketball teams both win against Grand Rapids

Feb. 7, 2018; MLive

Teamwork did the job for the Jackson College Jets women’s basketball team in its victory over Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Saturday, 64-54.

LaughFest 2018 will include more than 100 free events

Feb. 8, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – With the festival just one month away, Gilda’s LaughFest announced the eighth annual event will offer more than 100 free events, including LAUGHsketball, the first annual LaughFest basketball game, and returning events such as People & Pets.

… People & Pets will be returning for LaughFest this year on March 18. Participants are encouraged to bring their furry (or not so furry) friends to the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate how funny pets can be. There will be contests for best costume, best pet trick, best look-a-like and most unique pet. Winners in each category will receive a trophy and a prize bag filled with goodies. Registration for contests will be from 11 a.m. to noon, and contests will start at 12:30 p.m.

 

 

Nominations sought for Outstanding Adult Learner

Here at GRCC, we are fortunate to have many remarkable students. Here’s your chance to help one outstanding adult student from the college with the annual GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. This important award recognizes and celebrates the academic achievements, leadership and community contributions of local adult students.

For nearly 20 years, the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN), of which GRCC is a member school, honors an outstanding adult learner from every one of its 12 member institutions every year.

GRCC faculty and staff can nominate individuals (adult and nontraditional students) from the 2017-2018 school year using the nomination form below.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Francisco Ramirez at (616) 234-3181 or framirez@grcc.edu.

18 OAL FacultyStaff letter

18 OAL nomination form

 

New version of Classfinder to be released Jan. 29

On Monday, January 29th, a new version of the Classfinder tool will be released for use.  College Scheduler, the company we contract for our student scheduling tool, developed a new interface for guests to search for classes.  The current link on the home page will be redirected to the new version on Monday morning.  You will observe a cleaner and simpler interface, and the search results will be easier to review and contain more detailed information.

If you have any feedback on this new version, please direct these to Eric Mullen, emullen@grcc.edu, to share with College Scheduler and be considered for future enhancements.

Kent City High School sophomores visit GRCC

On Wednesday, December 6, the Admissions Office hosted the entire sophomore class from Kent City High School on our campus. Their day included an admissions presentation, a culinary tour and time with staff from both Manufacturing and Mechanical and Architectural Design. Their visit concluded with lunch and information on our athletic program and a tour of the Ford Fieldhouse. The Admissions Office would like to thank the departmental staff who engaged with these students!

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Angela and Erasmo Salinas welcome baby Alexa

Angela Salinas, from Admissions, and her husband Erasmo “Mo,” a GRCC adjunct,  welcomed a new baby girl into their family. Alexa Cecilia arrived on November 18 at 3:10 a.m., measuring 7 pounds and 3 ounces, and 20 inches long. Big sister Aurora, age 4, proudly welcomed her little sibling with lots of hugs and smiles. Mom and Dad are excited, proud, blessed, and tired.

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Record turnout for Fall Open House

The Admissions Office would like to thank all staff who participated in our annual Fall Open House this past Saturday.  We had a record turnout and a great showcase of our community.  Special thanks to Bayard Brooks for his help in set-up for the event, Keaton Krupa for the wonderful refreshments and lunches, the GRCC Foundation for donating a scholarship, and to Jennifer Rockafellow and the Bookstore for donating prizes for our participants.  Our next Open House will be held in the spring on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

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Winter orientation begins October 10 in new location

Winter orientations begin Tuesday, October 10. All winter start orientations will be held in the Applied Technology Center. If you encounter a lost student who is here for new student orientation, please direct them to room 168 ATC. We will be in 168 for the first 45 minutes of every orientation — from there, we will visit the computer labs in ATC.

If you have encountered lost students in the past, and it would be helpful to have a cell phone contact, please reach out to Evan Macklin for his cell phone number.

Thank you!

GRCC In the News, 6-5-17

Change Ups: Wolverine earns historic preservation award

June 2, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… The following Grand Rapids Community College teams were winners at the recent MWest Challenge student venture competition: Shelby Rose received $1,500 as the second-place winner of the Innovation Showcase People’s Choice Award; Mark Saint Amour and Andrew Johnson won a $750 Impact Award; and Rebecca Peterman won the $500 Impact Award for Wholesome Eats.

Painkillers, heroin take lives of 84 in Kent Co. in 2015

June 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — They were strangers on earth, but dozens of people who died in 2015 will be forever connected by the way their lives ended.

… Among them were a 20-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student who first tried painkillers with friends as a teen, a 24-year-old man whose got hooked on pain meds after a snowboarding injury, a 25-year-old man who started experimenting with pills and pot with friend in his teen years  and a 30-year-old mom who according to an aunt began experimenting early in life in an effort to escape a tough childhood.

Local student, entrepreneur open Monster Graphics Studio

June 3, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

Belicia Hernandez wears a number of hats.

It is a list that starts with her being a college student at Grand Rapids Community College. Along with that, she coaches eighth grade volleyball at a local school. Lastly, she is also a business owner.

#accepted

June 2, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Godwin Heights Public Schools, MI — Senior D’Nyszha Brand was accepted into six colleges: Baker College, Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Western Michigan University.

New student orientation kicks off today

Our large group orientations begin today! We will be welcoming 150 students and their guests to campus on Tuesday, May 2, to kick off the orientation season.  Orientation on Tuesday begins at 12:30.  Our ambassadors will be directing our guests around campus and you will recognize them by their matching blue polo shirts.  Should you encounter any lost students, please give them a warm GRCC welcome, and direct them to the Raider Grille.  Orientations will take place twice a week, every week, but the days and time will vary; however ,they will always kick off in the Raider Grille.  All sessions are in 25Live.  Thank you all for helping us welcome our new Fall students to campus!

Admissions and Enrollment to host high school counselors on Feb. 10

Admissions & Enrollment is hosting our annual High School Counselor Update Breakfast on Friday, February 10th. The event will take place in the Preschool multipurpose room beginning at 8 a.m. We have communicated the location and directions with the attendees and will have signs and staff directing attendees to that location. But we did want to make all staff aware, just in case someone gets lost and shows up in your office.  Please send them up to the Preschool!

Nominations sought for GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner award

Here at GRCC, we are fortunate to have many remarkable students. Here’s your chance to help one outstanding adult student from the college with the annual GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. This important award recognizes and celebrates the academic achievements, leadership and community contributions of local adult students.

For nearly 20 years, the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN), of which GRCC is a member school, honors an outstanding adult learner from every one of its 13 member institutions every year.

GRCC faculty and staff can nominate individuals (adult and nontraditional students) from the 2016-2017 school year using the nomination form below.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2017.

If you have questions, contact Angela Salinas at (616) 234-3420 or angelasalinas@grcc.edu .

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GRCC In the News, 10-24-16

Community invited to meet finalists for GRCC president

Oct. 21, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The community is invited to meet the four finalists for the president’s position at Grand Rapids Community College during their visits in November.

Senior conference puts focus on college, careers

Oct. 21, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Grandville Public Schools, MI — Senior Cahari Rhodes is sure of a few things about his post-high school plans: find a school with a strong performing arts program and pursue a career that involves music and dance.

… For session four, Francisco Ramirez, admissions and enrollment coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College, led a talk on all things GRCC, including how and where to apply for financial aid, why it’s important to keep up your grades, transferring to a four-year institution and GRCC programs and classes.

Veterans Spotlight: From the Navy to the Coast Guard, Richard Vandepels has been all over

Oct. 22, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Richard Vandepels has spent his life in and out of the military, a total of 23 years, with the majority in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has served all over the world and has no problem recalling all the places he’s been and all the ways he served.

… Following this time served, attended Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) where he received a degree in electronics technology. The economy had taken a downturn, and there were no jobs to be had. So, in 1975, he headed back to the Navy where he was stationed in Alameda, Calif. There he was in the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 85 for three years. “We would deploy once a year with a Canadian ship,” he recalled.