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Photo from state budget signing

July 17, 2017

Amy Koning, dean of the School of Workforce Development, and Provost Laurie Chesley represented GRCC when Gov. Rick Snyder signed the 2017-18 budget Friday at the Kent Career Technical Center.

The budget includes funding to update and expand the ATC.

Ten people, including Provost Laurie Chesley and School of Workforce Development dean Amy Koning, watch Gov. Rick Snyder sign the 2017-18 state budget.

GRCC team shows off ‘ginger’ knowledge in WorldQuest 2017

May 19, 2017

The annual WorldQuest Competition sponsored by the West Michigan World Affairs Council was held Thursday, May 18, at Aquinas College.  This “almost famous” world trivia competition features teams from local educational institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations.  Questions focus on foreign policy, international relations, geography, economics, history, art, literature, pop culture and this year featured a 10-question category devoted entirely to beer.  The GRCC team was comprised of:  Provost Laurie Chesley, Dean Mike Vargo, Social Science Department members Yan Bai, Heather Richards, Gordan Vurusic, Dillon Carr and “Captain” Steve Abid.  Although GRCC didn’t place in the top three this year, a strong showing was made in the “Ginger” category involving questions pertaining to the color red – most of which focused on history-making redheads.  The Aquinas College team was this year’s winner.

Steve Abid sits in a chair. Standing behind him are Yan Bai, Heather Richards, Laurie Chesley, Gordan Vurusic, Mike Vargo and Dillon Carr. A sign that Abid holds says: "GRCC Raiders."

Diane Smith joins Executive Offices staff

May 25, 2016
Diane Smith

Diane Smith

We would like to welcome our new Administrative Assistant Diane Smith. She will be supporting the Executive Offices (President, Provost & Financial Services).  Diane can be reached at 234-3908 and

Provost joins exercise science department in Ride for Refuge

October 5, 2015

Exercise Science professor Laura Kennett, writes on her blog about this past Saturday’s Ride for Refuge event including GRCC Exercise Science, Feeding America West Michigan, and Provost Chesley. Read her blog to see how Provost Chesley leads by example.

Athletic Oversight Team is looking for faculty membership

September 22, 2015

The Athletic Oversight Team is looking for faculty members. The time commitment is four 1-hour meetings during the academic year. The purpose of the team is:

  • To act in an oversight and advisory capacity with attention to academic progress and welfare of student athletes.
  • To review policies and guidelines related to the athletic program.
  • Monitor, access and promote interventions to achieve high standards in academics in student athletes.
  • Suggest strategies to promote campus wide support for intercollegiate athletics.

If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Tina Hoxie at x3926 or


GRCC In the News, 6-25-15

June 25, 2015

GRCC grad rate up from 6-year low; how it compares to other Michigan community colleges

June 24, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College’s federal graduation rate — a measure that administrators say is misleading because it only includes full-time, first-year students — has increased slightly to 13 percent after hitting a six-year low, according to a new report.

Promise college scholarship programs in Michigan

June 25, 2015; MLive

Michigan has more Promise scholarship programs than any other state.

… Grand Rapids: Challenge Scholars offers college scholarships to high school graduates who attended Harrison Park or Westwood middle schools. The scholarships can be used at any Michigan public university, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Davenport University.