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Photos from Conectate event

February 14, 2017

The CAP 1.3.3 (Latino Support Team) hosted a Conectate event this past Saturday at Tassell M-TEC.  The purpose of the event was to celebrate and get to know currently enrolled Hispanic and Latino students at GRCC.  During the event, we also provided a presentation explaining how our group can support those students on campus. Additionally, there were resources ranging from Title IX, Be Nice organization, Financial Aid, Undocumented Student Resources, TRIO, College Success Center, Tutoring, and the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Telamon Corp. was also there  to promote financial assistance to students or their families who work in agriculture.

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Scholarship application process now open; encourage students to apply

January 19, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship Application is now open. Please encourage your students to apply for these great opportunities.

Applicants are considered for over 300 different opportunities by completing the general application. Students can access the scholarship application at and log in using their GRCC Blackboard log-in credentials.

The deadline to submit scholarship applications is March 15, 2017. Please note that if students have not earned at least 12 credits from GRCC, they must submit a high school transcript. Seniors must submit a transcript showing seven complete semesters.

We highly encourage all students to complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA in order to be considered for the most complete award package.

Please direct students to Financial Aid with any questions.

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.

Budgeting workshop set for September 15

September 12, 2016

The financial aid office and Lake Michigan Credit Union are presenting a budgeting workshop that is open to everyone.

Financial Aid Brown Bag Lunch Series. Budgeting. Presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. 12-1 p.m. 262 Main Building. Developing a realistic budget is critical, but you won't be able to budget effectively unless you can accurately track your expenses. This hour-long program will offer tips and information to create a healthy budget. Bring your lunch and come as your schedule permits. This event is free and open to the GRCC community. GRCC

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.

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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GRCC In the News, 6-23-16

June 23, 2016

Announcing our 75 new undergraduate transfer scholars

June 21, 2016; (Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website)

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced it has awarded Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships each worth up to $40,000 annually to 75 outstanding community college students with financial need from 21 states who are transferring to four-year colleges.

… Daniel Gebrezgiabhier, Grand Rapids Community College

Hometown Hero Paul Coulson

June 23, 2016; WCSG

Congratulations to our latest Hometown Hero of Grand Rapids, Paul Coulson! Paul works as a police officer for Grand Rapids Community College, ensuring campus safety and serving as department chaplain.

$1M in scholarships investment in students, community

June 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The more than $1 million in scholarships awarded to 630 students by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation is an investment in their potential and the impact they can have in the Grand Rapids area, according to GRCF President Diana Sieger.

… Awards to send students to Michigan colleges included: $142,400, Grand Valley State University; $116,500, Michigan State University; $73,000, Grand Rapids Community College; $65,450 Ferris state University; and $62,200, University of Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 6-15-16

June 15, 2016

GRCC joins national consortium to improve success of male students of color

June 14, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has joined a national consortium for community colleges interested in sharing efforts and learning about new strategies to enhance the success of male students of color, officials announced Tuesday, June 14.

Michigan First Lady gives talk about on-campus sexual assault

June 14, 2016; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan’s First Lady Sue Snyder said it is time to speak-up about on-campus sexual assault.

Snyder gave a talk at Grand Rapids Community College’s Consortium on Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

GR Foundation awards $1 million in scholarships

June 14, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the third year in a row, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded over $1 million dollars in scholarships.

… Grand Rapids Public Schools students were also big recipients of scholarships. 84 GRPS students received scholarships that totaled $166,300. Students awarded scholarships went to a variety of Michigan schools including locally, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University.

GRCC In the News, 5-27-16

May 27, 2016

Michigan man who bit off piece of mom’s nose to stand trial

May 24, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — A man who was pepper-sprayed by Grand Rapids police to release his bite on his mother’s nose will stand trial on several charges stemming from the May 2 melee on the city’s southwest side.

… He’d (Travis Kyle Herndon) been taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College and occasionally stayed with his mother on Watson Street SW, court records show.

Financial literacy contest pays off for student

May 26, 2016; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges publication)

Learning about financial literacy has added $10,000 to a Grand Rapids Community College student’s tuition fund thanks to a sweepstakes sponsored by American Student Assistance’s SALT financial literacy program.

Local man receives National Endowment for the Humanities award

May 26, 2016; MLive 

Mike D. Miller, of Wayland, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities stipend for a summer institute teaching “Beowulf” in the context of Old Norse-Icelandic literature at Western Michigan University.

… Miller works at Mythopoeia Games Publications, Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

2016 award recipients

May 26, 2016; (press release)

The Michigan ACE Women’s Network will present its Distinguished Woman Leadership Awards to two people during the annual conference, June 6-7 in Lansing.

… 2016 recipients are Margaret Crouch, professor of history and philosophy at Eastern Michigan University; and Patti Trepkowski, associate provost and dean of instruction support and interdisciplinary studies at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mona Shores standout selected Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame female athlete winner

May 26, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Kennedy Potts knew it was coming.

… For athletics, Potts was at her best of the volleyball court. She was an all-region selection as a libero and also made academic all-state. She was all-conference three times playing in the OK Black, played AAU in the winter and has received a scholarship to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 4-20-16

April 20, 2016

GRPS ‘Bring Our Kids Home’ campaign announced during State of our Schools

April 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal said choosing your neighborhood school is investing in your community, remarks that came Tuesday as she announced the launch of the district’s “Bring Back Our Kids” campaign during her State of our Schools address.

… The district will launch a new Middle College program in 2017 in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program, which will target students in the Ottawa Hills High School and its feeder schools, allows students to earn both a diploma and an associate’s degree by attending a fifth year of high school.

Morning News

April 19, 2016; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College leaders are working with McDonald’s on an “earn and learn” partnership.

Who’s your imam? 10 things to know about leader of Islamic mosque

April 19, 2016; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI — Seated upon the ornate carpet of the Masjid At-Tawheed, a class of Grand Rapids seventh-graders was hearing about the Quran and the pillars of the Islamic religion when a big, bearded man wearing a white cap on his head and a black coat over a white robe came flowing into the room.

… When (Morsey) Salem came here from Egypt in 2006, he didn’t know any English. After five years of English as a Second Language training at Grand Rapids Community College, Salem still prepares his sermons in Arabic and apologizes constantly for his English.

Helping teen parents ‘go as far as they want to go’

April 19, 2016;

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — It had been a week since Robert Brant met with Shelley Bauer, a teen parent educator, and he had big news. He could now begin visiting his nearly 2-year-old son by an estranged former girlfriend.

… The good news didn’t stop there. Robert had also received approval for $5,500 in financial aid at Grand Rapids Community College, just as he was about to graduate from New Beginnings. And he was getting more hours at his job, helping him to pay child support and save for a car.

LHS grad Snyder is disc golf All-American

April 19, 2016; Battle Creek Enquirer


The Kellogg Community College baseball team now sits 1 1/2 games behind Jackson Community College in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association West Division standings after the Bruins lost a doubleheader to the Jets on April 16.

GRCC In the News, 2-3-16

February 3, 2016

Free help for families filling out student aid FAFSA forms for college

Feb. 2, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Don’t lose out on thousands of dollars for college – that’s what school leaders are telling students graduating from high school this spring.

… Below are some other FAFSA assistance sites for February. For a full list, visit the website:

Holland: Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College – Lakeshore Campus Midtown Auditorium, 96 West 15th St.

Worksighted announces promotion

Feb. 2, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Worksighted, an information technology services company in West Michigan, recently announced the promotion of Nicholas Genther to lead dispatcher on the remote support team in Holland.

Genther, of Hopkins, will be the first point of contact for customer support and will ensure items are addressed in a timely fashion. Genther joined the company in November. He received an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Learn about SALT program on ‘Know Your Money Day’

October 23, 2015

Here’s a chance to learn more about GRCC’s free SALT: Financial Literacy program:

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TRiO, Financial Aid host transfer discussion

April 8, 2015

Encourage your students to attend!

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100 Ways to Give: Career Exploration Fair on April 8

April 7, 2015

ways-to-give-fb-imageStudents can learn about accounting, event management and purchasing from people in those careers — and enjoy some pizza!

As part of GRCC’s 100 Ways to Give anniversary celebration, professionals on GRCC’s finance and administration staff will talk about their careers and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 in the ATC atrium.

Students can hear about opportunities in:

  • accounting and budget services.
  • campus policing.
  • cashiers.
  • event management.
  • facilities.
  • financial aid.
  • human resources.
  • purchasing.

A pizza lunch will be provided. Questions? Email

Spring Open House a huge success!

March 19, 2015

Thank you to all departments and staff who participated in the annual Admissions & Enrollment Spring Open House that was held this past Saturday March 14th. We had approx. 550 people attend the event – a new record! Prospective students and their friends and families spent the day receiving valuable information during the Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Advising presentations. They were also able to talk to staff from 27 of our departments in the Academic Showcase, take the Accuplacer test and take a tour of campus.

If your department was not able to attend this event, don’t worry. We will be holding Open Houses in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. Save the Date invitations for those events will be sent soon to Department Heads and Program Directors!

We’d also like to thank Bayard Brooks for his help with set up for the event and Luba Petrash for keeping everyone fed!

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