August 20, 2015

GRCC holds extended service hours

GRCC is offering some special and extended hours in August and September! This will be a great time to take care of any unfinished business before classes start the week of August 31.

Here’s the schedule:

August 24 to 27

  • Bookstore — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Enrollment Center — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Financial aid — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..
  • Counseling Center (back in the Student Center)  — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cashier’s Office (back in the Student Center) — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 28

  • Bookstore — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Enrollment Center — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Financial aid — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..
  • Counseling Center (back in the Student Center) — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cashier’s Office (back in the Student Center) — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 29

  • Bookstore — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Enrollment Center — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Financial aid — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Counseling Center (staff will be in the Enrollment Center) — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cashier’s Office — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Student Life — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 31 to September 3

  • Bookstore — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Enrollment Center — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Financial aid — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m..
  • Counseling Center  (back in the Student Center) — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Cashier’s Office — 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

September 4

  • Bookstore — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Enrollment Center — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Financial aid — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Counseling Center  (back in the Student Center) — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cashier’s Office — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 28, 2015

College Channel programming through September 6

The latest schedule, for August 31 to September 6, for the College Channel includes a performance of the Hildegard Singers. Check out the offerings here.

August 28, 2015

GRCC In the News, 8-28-15

GRCC names buildings in honor of faculty members

Aug. 27, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College is recognizing the contributions of two pioneering faculty members by naming buildings in their honor.

GRCC hosts groundbreaking for $7.3M preschool building

Aug. 27, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College broke ground Thursday on a new building for its laboratory preschool program, a $7.3 million project that will provide a modern space to serve more children and families.

Grand Rapids raises its barbecue profile

Aug. 21, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Kansas City, Memphis … and Grand Rapids?

… (Adam) Watts, a Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts graduate, returned to Grand Rapids three years ago from Colorado to help open Grand Rapids Brewing Co. Most recently he was at Reds on the River, and has really embraced the region’s beer.

Referee Jerry Hendrickson starts 53rd (and final) season with sons by his side

Aug. 26; 2015; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Forgive the Hendrickson family if they let down their officiating guard for just a moment Friday.

… Over the years, (Jerry) Hendrickson, who later spent nearly 47 years as an educator at Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College, has kept intact a crew with his sons Dan and Steve along with Debbaudt, Benedict and Stone, who will step aside Friday so Jon can work with family members.

August 28, 2015

Start your GRCC year out right with tips from faculty, staff

Classes start next week! Our provost, Laurie Chesley, asks faculty and staff members for some tips for new students:

August 28, 2015

GRCC to host online sale from August 31 to September 3

GRCC will host an online sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily August 31 to September 3. This sale will feature retired college technology and resources, including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics and lost-and-found items. A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

To access the sale, click here. For more information, click here.

Disclaimer: GRCC does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment).

August 28, 2015

Volunteers needed for Welcome Week

GRCC’s Campus Activities Board is looking for some help with Welcome Week, Sept. 8 to 11. Board members need volunteers to help run games, pass out food and greet students. If you’re interested, email

Welcome week header

August 28, 2015

Police Academy recruit receives second scholarship

Megan Stacey

Megan Stacey

Hudsonville High School alumna Megan Stacey, a GRCC Police Academy recruit, received her second $1,000 scholarship from the Law Enforcement Education Program!

Stacey, an intern with the Grand Rapids Police Department, is president of the Criminal Justice Club and is on the President’s List for academic excellence. After her graduation from the academy in November, she plans to attend Ferris State University.

“I have plans to develop my interest in the law, Constitution, and government through further education at college and the police academy,” she wrote in her scholarship application. “Subsequent to my graduation from the Police Academy, I expect to earn my bachelor’s degree and go on to have a long career in criminal justice.”

In its 11th year, the nonprofit LEEP, based in Troy, has awarded some $140,000 in Dream scholarships to students who are interested in public service or law enforcement careers.

August 27, 2015

Preschool, Music Center to be named for two faculty members

GRCC will recognize the contributions of two pioneering faculty members by naming buildings in their honor.

President Dr. Steven C. Ender announced today that the new Laboratory Preschool would be named for Phyllis Fratzke. The Music Center, which is next to the new preschool site, will be renamed for Albert P. Smith.

Phyllis Fratzke

Phyllis Fratzke

“Both Professor Fratzke and Professor Smith are important figures in the 100-year history of Grand Rapids Community College,” Ender said. “Our students still benefit from their foresight, and it is only fitting that we recognize them in a permanent way.”

A groundbreaking was held today for the new preschool, which will be named for Fratzke when it opens during the 2016-17 academic year.

Fratzke, a Grand Rapids Junior College alumna, has a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. She began her GRJC career in 1968 as an interior design instructor in the home economics department. She began the college’s child development program in the 1972-73 academic year and then created the preschool in 1974 to give students experience working with children. During the past 18 years, the preschool, now housed in First United Methodist Church on Fulton Street, has grown from an initial class of 3- and 4-year-olds to a facility with an infant room, toddler room and three preschool classrooms. It was one of the first programs to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Fratzke retired in 1992.

Albert P. Smith

Albert P. Smith

Smith’s 35-year career with GRJC began in 1947. With a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a Master of Music Education from the University of Michigan, he became chairman of GRJC’s humanities division in 1960, which included the music department. He later added chairman of the fine arts and foreign language division to his responsibilities.

During Smith’s tenure, GRJC became one of the first junior colleges to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. GRCC continues in good standing as an accredited member of the NASM.

Smith died in 2010.

The Music Center was constructed in 1922, serving as a physical education building for Strong Junior High School and then GRJC. It was vacant for three years after P.E. courses moved to the newly built Ford Fieldhouse in 1976. It was renovated for the music department in 1980.

August 27, 2015

First-generation students share their experiences

Faculty and staff prepared for the new academic year by hearing from first-generation students — now alumni!


August 26, 2015

Whitecaps ticket sales to benefit softball team

GRCC’s softball team is selling tickets to the September 3 Whitecaps game as a fundraiser.

The $11.50 tickets are for the reserved seats on the third-base side. The game, against the Fort Wayne Tincaps, starts at 7 p.m.

Ticket orders must be placed by September 1. To order tickets, contact head softball coach Jenni Bourbina at or (616) 234-2382.

August 26, 2015

Groundbreaking for new preschool set for August 27


GRCC preschoolers will help break ground on their new state-of-the-art facility at 11:30 a.m. August 27!

A new preschool will be built on Lyon Street, behind the Music Center. Plans call for it to open during the 2016-17 academic year. Phyllis Fratzke, who helped create the Laboratory Preschool in 1974, will be a special guest.

President Dr. Steven C. Ender said the groundbreaking marks not only the start of construction but an exciting expansion of the Laboratory Preschool’s work in assisting Grand Rapids with meeting state and local early childhood care and education goals.

“Our preschool has always served two important populations: students in GRCC’s child development and education programs, and Grand Rapids’ very youngest learners,” he said. “We are very excited to have a facility designed to help us share those resources with neighborhoods throughout the city.”

A goal of the project is to expand early childhood educational support for families and caregivers in low-income Grand Rapids neighborhoods in an effort to better prepare children for kindergarten entry.

“The community outreach program was created to bring the services of the GRCC Laboratory Preschool and child development program to the community, and the community to the new lab preschool and child development program,” said preschool director JaneAnn Benson.

The GRCC Laboratory Preschool, which serves children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and was the first in West Michigan to have a State 5-Star Quality Rating. In addition to providing activities designed to enhance children’s language arts, music and movement, science and math skills, it serves as a real-world laboratory for students in GRCC’s child development and education program. To learn more about the preschool, click here.

GRCC’s child development and education department was recently reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It offers Child Development Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degrees, with and without the Michigan Transfer Agreement; a Paraprofessional Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree with MTA; and Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate and Preschool Child Development Associate credentials. To learn more about this program, click here.


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