Posted tagged ‘Enrollment’

Orientation — directing students

March 21, 2017

Fall-start orientations began last week. We are off to a really great start! If you encounter a lost student who is here for orientation, you can direct them to the Enrollment Center. Please feel free to contact Evan Macklin directly as well. If you would like Evan’s cell number, please email him directly.

College Scheduler: New software makes class scheduling quick and easy

March 20, 2017

We know how challenging it is for students to find classes that fit their busy schedule. College Scheduler is a new tool in the online center for student to use to make the perfect class schedule quickly with no pen and paper, and no pain. Watch this video to learn how it works.

The low-cost textbook feature is coming soon, so continue to encourage students to use Classfinder to search for classes that offer these low or no cost online textbook options. Once in Classfinder, students should click the “Open Educational Resource” checkbox.

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

February 9, 2017

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!

Service areas to have extended and Saturday hours

January 3, 2017

Service areas will be offering extended hours and a Service Saturday in preparation to the start of the Winter semester.  The Academic Advising and Transfer Center, Cashiers, Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, Student Life and Student Records will be offering extended hours on the following days and times:

Week of January 2-6:

  • Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 3-5 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 6 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Service Saturday, JAN. 7 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Academic Advising and  Student Records will be working from the Enrollment Center)

Week of January 9-13:

  • Monday-Thursday, Jan. 9-12 — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 13 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bookstore will also be offering extended hours, please visit its website for complete details.

GRCC In the News, 11-11-16

November 11, 2016

GRCC board updated on declining enrollment, student trends

Nov. 10, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The fall semester is in full swing at Grand Rapids Community College, but as projected there are fewer students compared to last year, an enrollment slide seen by 22 of the state’s 28 community college programs.

Morning News

Nov. 11, 2016; FOX 17

In Grand Rapids, hundreds marched last night in protest of President-elect Trump. … Philip Huynh, GRCC student: “I’m here to observe to give love to give everyone a hug. I’m not siding on either side. I’m more of an independent.”

GRCC In the News, 10-24-16

October 24, 2016

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; (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.

GRCC In the News, 10-14-16

October 14, 2016

Michigan Gave Colleges $500,000 to Fight Sex Assault. Here’s How They Spent It.

Oct. 14, 2016; The Chronicle of Higher Education

Last year Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan announced a new grant program aimed at preventing sexual assault on the state’s college campuses. More than 30 institutions applied, and a mix of private, public, and community colleges — 22 in total — received a slice of the pie.

… The challenges Grand Rapids Community College faces in preventing campus sexual assault are different from those at four-year colleges. But Kimberly DeVries found that most of the available resources and national training programs are geared toward the four-year experience.

Business Journal names 40 Under Forty class

Oct. 12, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Forty of West Michigan’s top young professionals will be honored this month by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

… Honorees

… Sara Brooks

… Chris Sain Jr.

… Daniel Schoonmaker.

(Chris Sain is coordinator of retention, and Sara Brooks is adjunct faculty. Daniel Schoonmaker is a GRCC alumnus.)

Daybreak News

Oct. 14, 2016; WOTV

We’re pleased to announce that the Challenge Scholars program is expanding. Beginning next fall, any students in ninth grade with a GPA of at least a 2.0 can attend Grand Rapids Community College for up to two years.

Downtown Development Authority wants to expand boundaries by 200 acres

Oct. 13, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted to expand its boundaries by nearly 200 acres to encompass 873 acres that would stretch from Leonard Street on the north to the southwest side along Grandville Avenue SW.

… Hoping to gain approval from other taxing authorities, the DDA staff has been lobbying officials from Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority as well as the Westside and North Quarter Corridor Improvement Districts


Math course registration requirements changing

October 3, 2016

Students enrolling in math courses starting Winter 2017 will be required to take the ALEKS math placement assessment first. ALEKS will take the place of the math portion of Accuplacer, which will still assess English proficiency. After a student takes ALEKS, they will be placed into math courses based on course prerequisites or ALEKS placement scores.

A student can enroll in the course they were placed in, or they can retake ALEKS.

Students will have four chances, with in twelve months, to retake ALEKS. They must wait 48 hours between retakes. To make each attempt worthwhile and to improve their skills with the goal of earning a better score, students must spend at least five hours between retakes working in a ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.

More information is available online.

GRCC In the News, 9-22-16

September 22, 2016

Country’s first college-licensed brewery, pub opening in Grand Rapids

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is set to open its Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter’s Pub on Friday, Sept.23.

GRCC gains $1M with enrollment dropping less than projected

Sept. 21, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will have $1 million more to support its students, with enrollment figures coming in better than projected, according to Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration.

Support organizations to meet with West Michigan business leaders

Sept. 21, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

West Michigan business leaders can connect with support organizations to help move their companies forward at an event Friday, Sept. 30, in Hudsonville.

… Representatives from the following support organizations will be present at the event: Opportunity Resource Fund; Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women; Economic Development Foundation – SBA 504 Loans; Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce; Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce; Allendale Chamber of Commerce; West Coast Chamber; Coopersville Chamber of Commerce; Lakeshore Advantage; Business Acceleration Fund (Muskegon Innovation Hub & Holland SmartZone); Start Garden; Varnum Law MiSpringboard; Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator; Small Business Development Center; MSU Product Center; Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; Discover Manufacturing; Consumers Energy; Holland BPW; West Michigan Works!; Hello West Michigan; Smart Coast; Community Action House – EPIC Empowerment Program; Employer Resource Network; GRCC MAP+ Apprentice Grant; GRCC Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP); GRCC Workforce Training & M-TEC; Muskegon Community College; Ottawa Area Intermediate School District; Grand Valley State University Career Center; Thompson M-TEC; U.S. Commercial Service; EXIM Bank; Van Andel Global Trade Center; and Muskegon Area First PTAC.

RapidChat: Jordy VandeBunte, an aspiring chef with top security clearance

Sept. 22, 2016;

Jordy VandeBunte is a self-proclaimed “culinary student with a top secret security clearance.” It’s not every day you meet an aspiring chef like VandeBunte: a current student at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC who used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. With the Secchia Institute recently being ranked as one of the “top culinary schools of 2016,” we have no doubt his career transition is nothing less than fitting.

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor

Sept. 21, 2016;

NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Dominick DiOrio, conductor – Stand Before the Sunrise: Music to Examine Our Privilege featuring Duane Davis, conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute – – NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

… Originally from Cleveland, he (Duane Davis) retired as director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College. He was recently on jazz faculty at Western Michigan University, where he taught jazz voice and directed Gold Company. After 31 years, he recently retired as chorus master for Opera Grand Rapids., conductor; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Kathryn Lukas, flute

Morning News

Sept. 22, 2016; WZZM

Leaders from Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design are working to help former ITT Tech students get back to class …  It’s happening at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center from 5 to 8 p.m.


GRCC In the News, 9-19-16

September 19, 2016

Herman Miller, GRCC, Careerline Tech sign agreement on early college program

Sept. 18, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

An alliance between Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller on an early college and work program was made official on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Finding talent remains challenging for West Michigan contractors

Sept. 18, 2016;

Despite ongoing concerns about a talent gap, employment in West Michigan’s construction industry continues to rise.

… The steady growth in the industry has led to largely flat enrollment and in some cases, negligible declines for Grand Rapids Community College’s construction trades program, according to Scott Mattson, jobs training manager at the school.

Beer and business: GRCC’s Fountain Hill Brewery responds to industry’s growing hiring needs

Sept. 15, 2016;

Beer City needs beer employees and who better to provide high quality education and training for our metropolis’s brewing and food operations than Grand Rapids Community College and the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education?

Initiative looks to aid ITT exiles

Sept. 16, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Earlier this month, as millions of students across the nation loaded up bookbags for the first day of classes, more than 40,000 ITT Technical Institute students and 8,000 faculty members were left with nowhere to go.

… On Sept. 15, T2C Studio, an organization launched by TCTC, hosted an ITT Student College Fair at the Kroc Center to provide students with more information and allow for one-on-one connections to be made with some of the areas local colleges. Counselors, admissions and financial aid personnel from seven West Michigan schools — Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University — were on hand to answer questions about transfer credits, financial aid and class availability.

Belknap event offers job, housing, education resources

Sept. 15, 2016; GVSU press release

Residents of the Belknap community will be able to connect with a variety of resources related to job training, workforce development, employment opportunities, child care and education and housing issues during an open house, September 15.

… Eighteen community organizations, educational institutions and businesses will be participating, including Rockford Construction, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College and the City of Grand Rapids.

Badgers football: Derrick Tindal overcomes rough surroundings, personal tragedy to excel for UW

Sept. 17, 2016; Portage Daily Register (Wis.)

Anyone close to Derrick Tindal particularly those from his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. wanted to make sure the cornerback’s absence from the University of Wisconsin football team in 2014 didn’t extend any further than it had to.

… He signed with Michigan before failing to gain admission, and the same happened after attempting to transfer to Louisville. Dorsey played for Grand Rapids Community College in 2011 and did not qualify academically at Hawaii the next year. He then played one season at Arizona Western Community College, spent one year in the Arena Football League in 2014 and hasn’t been heard from since.

GRCC offices offer extended service hours

August 23, 2016

Many GRCC service offices have extended hours this week and next. Service Saturday runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 27. becomes mobile-responsive website

July 21, 2016

The communications, enrollment center and information technology departments have been collaborating on an overhaul of This work is centered on providing a better experience for people using the website.

We are about to hit one of the first milestones of this multi-year project. Beginning Friday, July 22, will be mobile responsive. That means the website will be responsive to the user’s platform – specifically, it will be easier for users on a mobile phone or other mobile device to navigate.

This is an exciting milestone for the team — the first of many in the coming months. Stay tuned to GRCC Today as we share more information and updates on the development team’s work.

Questions may be directed to Leah Nixon, director of communications, at or extension 4213.

GRCC In the News, 7-18-16

July 18, 2016

Change Ups: JR Automation to build $5.6-million facility

July 15, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Spectrum Health and Grand Rapids Community College announced the creation of the GRCC Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in health sciences or health care careers. The GRCC Foundation will begin making scholarship awards from the fund in the 2017-18 academic year. The amount of each scholarship award will be based on financial need.

Protest draws diverse crowd, teens talk cooperation with police as means to change

July 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Sixteen-year-old Danielle McMillon doesn’t want to be misunderstood.

… Sara Brooks, who works at Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids Urban League, tried to explain the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ivy Tech regional chancellor moves to statewide COO role

July 18, 2016; Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.)

ANDERSON — The changes at Ivy Tech Community College continue as the chancellor over the region that includes the Anderson campus will move up to a statewide position.

… (Andrew) Bowne’s experience includes serving as the associate vice president for College Advancement at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Prior to that, he served as the executive director for Workforce Training and Economic Development.

Pokémon GO: “Gotta catch ’em all” in Grand Rapids

July 15, 2016;

If you’ve seen countless people in the last week wandering the streets of Grand Rapids, or anywhere for that matter, looking down at their phones, you can bet they aren’t checking their emails.

… If you’re on the hunt for Pokémon GO bragging rights, some other gyms in the Grand Rapids area include: The Blue Bridge, Douglas Park, Fish Ladder Park, Frederik Meijer Gardens, the 6th Street Bridge, the Belknap mural, and multiple area college campuses, such as Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and Aquinas College.

Congratulations to Angie and Francisco Ramirez

July 18, 2016

Congratulation to Angie and Francisco Ramirez, who welcomed their son Athan on July 13th.  He weighs 7 pounds, 5 ounces!  The family is doing great!

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Congratulations to Jose and Angela Mora

July 11, 2016

Angela and Jose Mora, who works in the Enrollment Center and financial aid, welcomed Elijah Scott Mora! He came into this world on Saturday, July 9th, at 5:05 a.m. He weighs 8 pounds and 6 ounces, and is 22 inches long. Both he and Mom are doing fine — and Mom and Dad are already so much in love.

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