Grand Rapids Community College instructional technologist and designer Meegan Willi was selected to participate in the Blackboard MVP program. She will receive access to professional development and share her insights and expertise. Blackboard is the course-management system GRCC faculty uses. To be selected for the MVP program, applicants must prove themselves to be not only leaders in the education technology community but also experts in Blackboard itself and skilled in helping others use it.
The cost of attending college every year gets higher every year. Colleges and universities across the state usually raise tuition prior to the new academic year, often there is also an increase in financial aid to help offset the impact.
… The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour for the 2017-18 academic year.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is getting help from the state to expand and renovate a building to provide the capacity to meet the demands of the growing information technology and manufacturing sectors.
While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.
… “(Construction) is not as diverse as it ought to be,” (Jeremy) DeRoo said, adding LINC UP is working with Grand Rapids Community College to break down the cultural barriers associated with the industry. “When you give them more in-depth training, by the time they show up on a job site, they know what it looks like, how it runs and they have the technical abilities more firmed up.”
“What I hope to bring to the board are my experiences working with the Latino community and in an institution of higher education,” he said. “I’m familiar with the challenges facing GRCC and hope that my experience will help.”
David J. Koetje, board chairperson, said Sanchez will be a valuable addition to both GRCC and its governing body.
“As I look at the current profile of this board and its collective resume, I believe Carlos Sanchez provides the greatest opportunity for this board to expand its collective resume and increase its ability to come alongside our president and help propel the mission of this college forward,” he said.
“Mr. Sanchez is widely respected by the West Michigan business community, the local philanthropic community and those colleges we have pathway connections with. His relationships with the governor’s office are unmatched by any of us currently on this board. His ties with the Latino business community not only provide this institution with opportunity, they will also provide this board with insight and perspective as we craft future policies that gives shape to this institution’s future.”
Before joining Ferris, Sanchez was program coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, a diversity specialist at Spectrum Health, executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and interim executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan.
He has served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, the Center for Community Leadership and the Dyer-Yves and Grand Rapids Community foundations.
Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Davenport University in Grand Rapids and studied business administration at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.
The millage levy resolution approved by the board of trustees on Monday authorizes the college to collect property taxes from our district. GRCC’s district covers the same property as the Kent Intermediate School District.
For 2017, the college will levy 1.7788 mills. A “mill” is equal to $1 in property taxes per $1,000 of taxable value. For a property with a taxable value of $100,000, the college would collect $177.88. Depending on how long a property has had the same ownership, taxable value will generally approximate one-half or less of its estimated market value.
For 2017, the maximum millage rate that GRCC can levy is 1.7788 mills, which is a reduction from the 2016 rate of 1.7865. This reduction is due the “Headlee” calculation, passed in the mid 1990s as part of Proposal A.
The Headlee calculation says that when the taxable value of a district, in total, increases by more that the average change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the past 12 months, a taxing unit (such as the college, K-12 districts, cities, townships, etc.) must reduce its millage rate so that its increase in property tax revenue does not exceed the CPI. Additions to the tax rolls, such as newly constructed properties, are excluded from the Headlee calculation and thus will generate additional property tax revenue.
The reduction in the college’s millage rate because of the Headlee calculation is permanent. Thus, it will never increase, even in years when the taxable value changes less than the CPI, or even decreases. In fact, since 1995, the Headlee calculation has permanently reduced GRCC’s millage rate from 1.9000 mills to 1.7788 mills. Based on the 2017 taxable value, this will result in a revenue loss to the college of approximately $2.7 million.
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