GRCC In the News, 5-14-19

Morning News

5/14/19 WZZM

Leaders from Grand Rapids Community College want more students to be able to get scholarships to go to GRCC and they also want to improve their facilities. Today, we’ll learn how the school plans on doing that. They’ll tell us about their new campaign during a news conference at 10 o’clock this morning.

Street Talk: Let’s talk streets

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College has identified nearly 300 students who met all of the requirements for an associate degree but never claimed it.

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School taps McGrath as president, dean

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College student Jake Dabkowski teamed up with Kendall College of Art and Design students Aiden Wysocki, Matthew Veenhoven and Jonathan Moroney, winning first place and $4,000 from MWest Challenge, a student venture competition for pitching a business that would help summer camps handle medications.

Grand Rapids Community College geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones will spend four weeks doing fieldwork through a fully funded research experience at the University of Texas-El Paso to study 34- to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks in El Paso. The students will continue their research in Michigan.

Record-breaking season shows what heart and hard work can do

5/10/19 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Now that the gold dust has settled on the Godfrey-Lee wrestling season, coach James Maxim has some time to think about the team’s record-breaking accomplishments.

… As for team leader Enrique (Moreno-Martinez), he will never forget the adversity and experiences he had with Lee wrestling, even as he moves on to study culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

KCAD Alum, Faculty Member Tara McCrackin Named Interim President

5/10/19 (Ferris State University press release)

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris State University President David Eisler announced today the appointment of Tara McCrackin, associate professor of Interior Design at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) as the interim president of the college.

… McCrackin serves on the Grand Rapids Community College Interior Design Advisory Board and as president of the Michigan chapter of the International Interior Design Association. She donates her time to Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids, and most recently completed the interior design for their new facility opening this summer.

New electronic transcript option for students available

The Student Records Office is excited to announce that students now have the option to request an official transcript to be sent electronically to a transfer school or employer. Students can request this through online center for a charge of $2.50. Students still have the option to request a mailed transcript for free.

This service is being offered in response to student requests for electronic delivery of transcripts. The service also offers request and processing tracking notification. Thanks to the staff and faculty that helped select this service and thank you to the IT and Records staff that assisted with its implementation!

Raider Salute to Facilities, IT, and Student Records

Erica Brown from the Cashier’s Office has a big Raider Salute to share after her team’s construction experience:

Special thanks from the Cashier’s Office to Facilities, IT, and Student Records Office! Thanks for all of their help during the Cashier’s Remodel project.

We couldn’t have done it without Abbot Kastanek, Bob Greene, Dominique Couch, Chris Ambler, Essie McGhee, Tom Trasky, Jyson Beasley, Bryan Door, Saibo Williams, Dan Cook, and Donovan Wallace.

You are all greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Service areas to have extended and Saturday hours

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 participates in Project Win Win

Grand Rapids Community College is a participant in the second round of Project Win Win, a State of Michigan graduation initiative focused on identifying former students that may have completed enough credits to earn an Associate Degree, but never graduated. Through this project, students meeting certain predefined criteria are evaluated for an Associate of General Studies Degree, Associate of Arts Degree, or Associate of Science Degree. Students who are eligible to receive one of these degrees now will be awarded unless they respond by May 18, 2015 to decline. This project also focuses on students who are close to receiving one of these associate degrees and attempts to bring them back to earn those last few credits needed for degree completion.

Students will be or have been contacted by GRCC to inform them of this project if they have been identified as qualified participants. Please visit for more information.