Tag Archives: IT

Student Tech Day offers free help with electronic devices

Get free technical assistance with your electronic devices on Student Tech Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Raider Grille.

Staff from the Information Technology Department will be on hand to help with:

  • free computer diagnostics.
  • free and discounted software recommendations (Microsoft Office 365, Avast AVG, Malwarebytes, etc).
  • hardware recommendations (RAM, SSD, etc.).
  • browser recommendations (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.).
  • virus, malware, adware and spyware scams.
  • laptop recommendations.
  • software training.
  • problems with Blackboard, campus login, campus Wi-Fi, the Online Student Center and GRCC email.

The event, sponsored by the IT Department,  includes door prizes — including tablets!

Student accounts can now be renamed on demand

Starting today, Jan. 10, your GRCC student account can be renamed on demand. Previously, student name changes were processed only between semesters.

Once you have had your name updated in PeopleSoft through Student Records, just call the Information Technology Department at (616) 234-4357 to schedule an appointment or submit the rename form. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Please note that this process pertains specifically to your Campus Network Account — Blackboard, your student email and campus computers.

 

GRCC students may use Microsoft Office 365 for free

Are you upgrading your technology?  Did you know that you can do so much more affordably with your GRCC email address?

GRCC students are eligible to receive a free personal license for Microsoft Office 365, a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share schoolwork. This license for Microsoft Office 365 — which includes online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, a OneNote Class Notebook and 1TB of storage in OneDrive — is valid for as long as you are a GRCC student. See Microsoft Office 365  and select the “Student” tab.

Get ready for Winter 2018 semester with ‘Service Saturday’ on Jan. 6

GRCC is holding a “Service Saturday” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 6. It’s the perfect time to wrap up unfinished business before the Winter 2018 semester starts!

The following offices will be open:

Students can check out laptops from library, Student Center kiosk

Students can check out laptops for free at two campus locations!

All the laptops work anywhere on campus and can be checked out for four-hour periods. You can use them for taking notes in class, working on assignments, or studying in groups. Each laptop comes with a mouse, a power adapter, and a computer bag. Just remember to save your work to your Google drive — the laptop drives will be wiped clean when they’re returned.

The GRCC library’s circulation desk has six laptops that you  can check out by showing your RaiderCard.  An automated kiosk on the Student Center’s third floor (outside the Counseling and Career Center) has  12 laptops.

A fee will be charged for late returns.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.