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GRCC In the News, 4-18-18

April 18, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 18, 2018; University Business

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Captain promoted to lead Wyoming Department of Public Safety

April 18, 2018; MLive

WYOMING, MI — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety has found its next police and fire chief.

… (Kimberly) Koster graduated from the FBI National Academy. She received her associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Junior College, her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, and her master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.

Grand Rapids man gets 48 months, ordered to pay $18,746 on student loan fraud conviction

April 17, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney sentenced Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, of Grand Rapids, to 48 months in prison and ordered him to pay $128,746 in restitution for committing student loan, grant and tax fraud.

… Investigators determined that Rogers enrolled online in local community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, using those same identities. Rogers used the loans and grant funds for his own purposes without actually attending the classes. Rogers also used the stolen identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

Wellet Senior Student Athlete Award winner

April 18, 2018; WTVB

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – Coldwater High Schools Jamie Wellet has been selected as a 2017-18 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Outstanding Senior Student Athlete Award winner.

… Wellet, along with her twin sister Jasmine, will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall, where they will both be members of the volleyball program.

Paul Doane receives Lifetime Achievement Award

February 2, 2018

Paul Doane, Associate Director of Financial Aid Compliance, was honored by the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA) at its 50th Anniversary Celebration on January 29, 2018, in Dearborn, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was given in recognition of his distinguished service to MSFAA and the financial aid profession during his 35-year career in higher education.

In accepting the award, Paul gave God the glory for his success. Paul shared the following with a group of 200 financial aid professions gathered for the event:

“As most of you know, my Christian faith has always been important to me.  Throughout my life I have attempted to align my decisions with God’s purposes and mission for me. To be chosen to receive this award near the end of my professional career is an additional confirmation that the path I pursued through my work in student financial aid was the one God had chosen for me all along.”

He also thanked his financial aid colleagues and mentors who “who have chiseled away at my glaring flaws and have sanded smooth many of my rough edges.”

As president of the Michigan Student Financial Association in 1999-2000, Paul introduced an Interdenominational Prayer Breakfast at MSFAA conferences which have become a part of each conference since then.  A Silent Auction fundraiser at the MSFAA Winter Conference in 2000 began after Paul attended a similar event at a national conference and convinced his financial aid colleagues in Michigan to try one here.  Proceeds of over $63,000 from MSFAA Silent Auctions held during the last 18 years have been distributed to over 15 community organizations throughout the state of Michigan.

Paul began his financial aid career at Cornerstone University (his alma mater), serving as Director of Financial Aid and then Director of Enrollment Management from 1982-1992.  He also spent 10 years as a Financial Aid Counselor and Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Grand Valley State University.

Paul Doane, holding an award, stands with his wife and his son Pete in front of the stage at the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association 50th anniversary celebration.

Paul Doane with his wife and his son Pete.

David Morris’ retirement reception is today

January 12, 2018

Please join us to celebrate the retirement of David Morris, of the Financial Aid Office. There will be a reception Friday, January 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Enrollment Center, Room 129. Appetizers, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to David!

GRCC retiree biography: David Morris

January 11, 2018
David Morris

David Morris

David Morris has worked as a Financial Aid Specialist at GRCC for a little over nine years. In Financial Aid, he assisted students and parents in navigating a complex, sometimes frustrating, and often stressful path to secure funding for college education. The work is challenging and requires much patience, caring and empathy as well as a working knowledge of federal regulations.

David shared that every now and then, he gets some great reminders of why he continued to do this work: “One of those reminders came to me unexpectedly during one of my lunchtime walks through downtown. Out of the blue, a student came up to me and said, ‘You work in financial aid, right? I just wanted to thank you, man. When I saw you, I had no job and was right out of prison. You helped me change my life. I’m about ready to complete my certificate, getting A’s in my classes, and I’m already working in my field.'”

David shared that he and his life partner, Frank, have been together for over forty years. When they married in 2008, David shared: “I knew I belonged at GRCC when our marriage was embraced by our colleagues. Frank has been retired for a year and a half, and it’s time I joined him in this new chapter. I am thankful to my husband, Frank; my colleagues; students, and parents of students for helping me become a kinder person in life. I’m inspired by the words of the Dalai Lama — ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ I especially want to thank our good friend and colleague, Mary Kay Bethune, for inviting us to come out of our early retirement to join the GRCC fold. It has made all the difference in our lives.”

David is looking forward to traveling this winter to Florida and Mexico. He is looking forward to enjoying the Michigan summer, and growing, from seed, the most delicious heirloom tomatoes you have ever tasted.

“I live for the first taste of a BLT in the summer,” he said. “If you’re good, I’ll share. It’s been a great ride. Thank you, everyone.”

David, you have made a difference at GRCC and have had a large impact on the lives of our students. We appreciate your dedication to the students and your colleagues. We wish you the best in your retirement and hope you stop by throughout the year to share your adventures.

Please join David Morris at his retirement reception on Friday, January 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Enrollment Center, Room 129.


Retirement reception for David Morris on Jan. 12

January 11, 2018

Please join us to celebrate the retirement of David Morris, of the Financial Aid Office. There will be a reception Friday, January 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Enrollment Center, Room 129. Appetizers, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to David!

Retirement reception for David Morris on January 12

January 9, 2018

Please join us to celebrate the retirement of David Morris, of the Financial Aid Office. There will be a reception Friday, January 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Enrollment Center, Room 129. Appetizers, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to David!

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.