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GRCC In the News, 11-29-17

November 29, 2017

Man pleads in $150K student loan scheme at GRCC, KVCC

Nov. 28, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 28, to federal charges after obtaining student loans in others’ names to defraud the U.S. Department of Education of about $150,000.

… (Brandon Kenon) Rogers told Magistrate Judge Phillip Green that he obtained the identities of others and applied for student loans and Pell Grants in their names. He enrolled online at Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College after his aid applications were approved.

Five students complete second round to black belts

Nov. 28, 2017; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Five students of the Ramos Institute of The Park Tae Kwon Do completed the second round of required testing for their 1st degree Black Belt at Grand Rapids Community College, Friday, Nov, 10.


GRCC In the News, 9-29-17

September 29, 2017

Michigan’s student loan default rate on the rise

Sept. 28, 2017; MLive

The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student debt has climbed in Michigan, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education, reversing two straight years of declines.

… At Grand Rapids Community College, for instance, the default rate was 21.5 percent. The default rate was 18.7 percent at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, while Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills had a 20.9 percent default rate.

New faculty join campus

Sept. 26, 2017; Communique (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs publication)

More than 50 new faculty members joined UCCS this fall.  Today, meet 22 instructors from the College of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College Letters, Arts and Sciences and Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

… Edgar Diaz Herrera, instructor, Mathematics Department, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Herrera was previously a part time instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a researcher for National Institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree from National University of Mexico, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University.

Service office open late on Tuesdays

June 8, 2017

Some GRCC service offices will be open late on Tuesdays during the summer:

  • Enrollment Center —  The last placement test begins at 5:30 p.m. The phones will be open until 6:45 p.m. Walk-in appointments will be accepted until 7 p.m.
  • Financial Aid — The phones are open until 6:45 p.m.; walk-in appointments will be taken until 7 p.m.
  • Counseling Center — Tuesday evening services include appointment scheduling. The phones are open until 6:45 p.m. You can walk in to make an appointment until 7 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 5-24-17

May 24, 2017

Man lured to robbery: ‘He wanted to shoot me’

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man looking for a good deal on a computer found himself looking down the barrel of a gun in what police call robbery by appointment.

… The 25-year-old Grand Rapids Community College dean’s list student was looking for a good deal on a MacBook Pro and found one on the online app OfferUp, which is similar to Craigslist. It turned out the deal was too good to be true.

West Michigan military: See achievements by local service men and women

May 23, 2017; MLive

… Retired Army Col. Scott Haraburda, was named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus. Haraburda received an associate degree in 1981 from what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central Michigan University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Academic Decision Day ‘Sends the Right Message’

May 23, 2017; (KISD newsletter)

Comstock Park Public Schools, MI — Anyone who knows high school knows about college decision day, when senior athletes make a show of signing with a college sports team.

… It was a proud day as well for Donovan Crandall, whom Bolthouse encouraged to accept a hefty financial aid package to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Class of 2017 prepares to graduate from Holland-area schools

May 23, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

After 13 years of school or sometimes a little bit longer hundreds of Holland-area students are about to earn their high school diploma.

Descent into opioid addiction captured on video

May 23, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man’s determination to show a drug-addicted friend just how far she had fallen offers a rare and raw glimpse into the world of opioid addiction.

… She (Kelly Galbraith) now works at a private drug treatment center and attends Grand Rapids Community College.

Partners honor activists at César Chávez event

May 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A group of community partners have honored the legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez and recognized three change-makers.

… A number of colleges supported the event, including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University Grand Rapids.

Up close: How determination kept Tri-unity Christian seniors’ dreams alive

May 23, 2017; MLive

Rayven Mondy’s season was gone in an instant when the Tri-unity Christian senior guard took a trip to the hospital last January after she injured her knee in a game on Jan. 24.

… Mondy’s future looks bright now that she has had surgery and is undergoing rehabilitation. Plus, she recently signed with Grand Rapids Community College to continue her basketball career and education. Mondy said she was drawing interest from a number of schools before the injury occurred, and she added that GRCC was the school that stuck with her through the whole ordeal.



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.