Register NOW for Winter 2015 & NEW Mobile Registration Stations

Registering early for Winter 2015 is important to both GRCC and YOU!  First, it allows you to get the courses you need for your degree.  Secondly, if you wait to enroll there is a chance the course may be cancelled due to low enrollment.  If you want the classes you need and want a good schedule…it would be in your best interest to REGISTER NOW!  Get your schedule together NOW!

Please take advantage of the following resources that are available to help you.

New this year will be mobile stations around campus to provide students with quick walk up access to counselors and enrollment staff.   Here is a list of their times and locations from October 14 to October 30!

Here is information as to when students can enroll based on credits earned.  Registration opens TODAY, October 14, for students with 30+ credits.  Check out the schedule for your enrollment date!

Visit the Counseling and Career Center if you have questions about class selection…or see your department academic adviser.

Do you know about the FACTS payment plan – a way to break up your winter tuition payment? There is no down payment for students who enroll by December 10.



Hour of code coming up and you are challenged!

Just days after becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history, Yousafzai took to YouTube to implore young women and girls in every country to do one hour of code. “You can do it, even if you don’t have a computer,” she tells the audience.

Who’s in? 

CIS Academic Advising Day October 9

CIS Academic Advising Day this Thursday, 3 – 5:30 p.m., 118 ATC! 


Need advice, not sure what to take next???  No appointment needed!

This advising day is for current and future CIS students to receive
information on our degrees, what classes they should be taking
and transfer opportunities!

Did you know that each curriculum code/program degree has a department adviser?  It does!  I am the adviser for those in the Code 147 Network Administration.  If you are not sure who your department adviser is, first identify what degree you are going after, and call our department administrative assistant to find out who advises under your code.  Our secretary’s name is Kelsee Mullins and you can email her at or call her at 616-234-3670.

Other important things you and your adviser needs to do for Departmental Level Academic Advising…

1. We need to insure you are in the correct plan code for your degree. Please ask students their plans for transfer or work to make sure they are placed either the AA or AAAS degree and the correct curriculum code. Recent changes to federal financial aid makes this much more critical than in the past.

2. My Career Path student information has been updated and corrected over the summer and is more accurate than in the past for 2011-2014 catalogs. MCP can now be used accurately for course placement/selection and graduation audit information.  Use it!

3. Students changing degree programs will start with the catalog in effect at the time of the change. This is NEW policy.

4. Students who leave the college for more than two calendar years and re-enroll will follow the catalog in effect at the time of the re-enrollment. This is NEW policy.

5. Students must complete an application to graduate This is NEW policy.

See you tomorrow if you are able.  If not, email me for personal phone of face to face appointment for advising.

Registration opens soon.  Know what you’re doing with your life!  Take charge of your degree!

Katie Vander Meer, Professor

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up…”

I grew up up in two small cities on the east side of Michigan.  New Baltimore early on and then in the 5th grade, we moved to Port Huron…Thomas Edison’s birthplace.  In fact, I went to Thomas Edison Elementary School for my first year in PH and that was a very transformational year for me.  Mr. Berringer was my teacher, I used an Encyclopedia (yes a printed copy) to write a research paper on the Amazon Rain Forest, and I received a school trophy for citizenship (my one and only trophy to date).  It was hard moving to a new school, with new friends, right after the Challenger exploded, but one thing I learned that year…Never Give Up.  Do the same!

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” –Thomas A. Edison


GrrCON Discount code and Challenge from Professor Rozema

From Professor Andrew Rozema…

Attention CIS Students Interested in Security (and CIS students)!

Did you know the Grand Rapids was host to one of the premier Information Security Summit’s and Hacker Conference?

“GrrCON is an information security and hacking conference that provides the Midwest InfoSec community with a fun atmosphere to come together and engage with like minded people. We keep GrrCON small with around 1,000 attendance to allow us to provide those things other events leave out. Whether you are a Fortune 500 executive, security researcher, industry professional, student, or a hacker of “flexible” morals you will find something for you at GrrCON.“

The student tickets sold out in about 20 seconds, but the event organizer, @EggDropX has extended a 20% discount to GRCC CIS students, just enter “JimJimityJimJimityJimJimCzerew” at checkout for 20% off the price of admission.

You can register here:

There are also a limited number of opportunities to volunteer at:

AND if you’re into Crypto, you have an opportunity to win a free pass by entering their crypto contest here:

And, if enough students register and ask; Professor Rozema will enter (AND WIN!) the HAND BREAKING CHALLENGE!

(Sorry, Professor Vander Meer will NOT be entering the HAND BREAKING CHALLENGE!)

Our Journey Year: Welcome Students


Our Journey Together

Our Journey Together

Tomorrow I begin my 16th year as a College Professor. I have some idea where the time went, but mostly I’m looking forward to this journey we all begin tomorrow.  Not living in the past with past mistake, past technologies, past grades, past classes, but what will we learn this year???  I will focus each day on Our Journey together through learning, collaborating, and building a network of professional (and sometimes personal) relationships.  This is Our Journey Year…and oh what a Year it will be!

I feel much honored to have some amazing students returning to my different classes, learning different technologies and contributing to the community.  I look forward to meeting the new students and making them feel welcome, introducing them to new opportunities, or simply getting them acclimated to the college environment.  Remember, this is Our Journey Year.  We can do anything together!

I have seen all types of learners, different levels of winners, and all kinds of interesting characters over the past 16 years. With all that, in no other world would I have had the opportunity to watch the growth of so many minds, educational goals come to fruition, and long term determination turn into rewards. I have made many friends, and for that I am most grateful.  Remember, this is Our Journey and I’m glad you’re sharing it with me.

To all my friends, family, and students who will begin another year or start their college career tomorrow, I encourage you to not quit. Listen to every word and read with an open mind. Find your place and pace, and do well. Know that what you do today makes this Journey worthwhile.  May Our Journey be as fulfilling as we both imagined…

As always, one way to go…Onward!


I’m now on YouTube!

Be sure to subscribe to my channel.  YouTube includes accessibility controls and also closed captioning.  It’s not perfect, but it works pretty good.

All my future videos will be public on my YouTube channel.  This is great is you want to follow along with code, listen to a discussion on a particular subject, or simply to just keep current about what we are forever changing in our curriculum. 

That’s a great opportunity for you to stay involved, whether you’re a current student or former…so let’s do it!  Let’s do YouTube!

Be sure to subscribe for updates!

Changes to Fall 2014…what to do, what to do???

Oh Dear Fall 2014, you are right around the corner,

   I will spend the next month in heavy prep, with a quad set of new books, new assignments, and new videos.  I’m considering dropping a few courses, but if I can do the video lectures and I am happy with the work I set forth, I won’t drop them.  Keep me motivated, keep me making a lecture video a day!  Keep me making a new assignment every time I log in…otherwise, I won’t give crap to you all.

   I have read in all sincerity the evaluations from Winter and Summer.  They were good and sincere and I appreciate that.  But I want to teach and if I cannot make quality lecture videos for CO235 and CO230, I’m going to let those classes go.  Morally, I have to.  I know I can do it…I just need the motivation and time.

   Personally, our family has been experiencing a busy summer.  We have moved my mother from South Haven last week, we have sold our home in 6 days, we found a perfect forever home for our family of four and hope to move in early August or late July.  And so we have been packing…and then we will be unpacking.  But being closer to work and school will be better for our family and we are very excited.  I will not be late once this upcoming semester, and my son will have 0 tardys!

  In addition, Lady Geeks of Grand Rapids has been going strong this summer.  Please like our page at and if you’re interested in meeting with us, men and women alike are welcome.  Our next meeting is July 26 at Knapps Corner Panera, 2 p.m.

  And finally, I have found a new hobby.  This is my current joy right now, so when I’m not prepping for classes, packing for the move, I’ll be sanding or staining something!  No one has bought anything yet from me, but I don’t care.  I keep sanding!

Thanks for reading!

See you all soon!