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Employee Rewards & Recognition System

The Employee Recognition System reinforces GRCC's culture and supports its objectives. This system promotes and perpetuates our shared values of excellence, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, accountability, sustainability, integrity, and respect through the recognition of faculty and staff in meeting the mission of GRCC.

These awards and celebrations provide the College and employees with opportunities to recognize and celebrate the commitment and contributions of GRCC employees.

The objective of the Employee Rewards & Recognition System is to enhance the pride and morale of employees by formally and informally recognizing their contributions to the efficient operation of the institution. The Employee Rewards & Recognition System also seeks to discover and recognize significant achievements of benefit to the organization as a whole.

The Employee Rewards & Recognition System consists of many different components that serve to enhance the quality of work environment for many GRCC employees.

While Staff Development is responsible for the coordination of the system, committees, with representation from all areas of campus, select award recipients, review and update the various programs.

Rewards & Recognitions

Excellence in Education Award

The Excellence in Education Award honors one faculty member and one staff member for his or her contributions to the College, higher education and the community.

Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty

To recognize and honor one adjunct faculty for excellence in teaching.

Emeritus Scholar Award

This award recognizes and confers emeritus status to a retired faculty member or administrator.

Salute to Women Award

The Salute to Women Award honors GRCC women who are exemplary in their roles as professionals, volunteers or agents of change, celebrates the diversity of the accomplishments of women throughout the College and encourages young women to pursue pathways to achievement

Jerry Benham Award

The Jerry Benham Award honors an employee who has demonstrated outstanding involvement in student activities on campus.

Student Employee of the Year

This award honors a student employee who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of reliability, quality of work, initiative, and professionalism.

Raider Salute

Give your coworker a pat on the back for a job well done. Let them know they are valued. Use the Raider Salute as a way to "thank" colleagues for going the extra mile.

Years of Service Recognition

This program recognizes employees for their years of service to GRCC.

Retirement Recognition

This recognition honors employees who have retired or will be retiring from GRCC.

President's Health & Wellness Award

This award recognizes a GRCC Employee who exemplifies the Seven Dimensions of Wellness through actions and words.

Schools of Hope

This program is a partnership with the United Way. The purpose of the program is to help elementary students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade develop reading skills. Employees participating in this program are allowed one hour of paid time per week to tutor students from an identified Grand Rapids Public Schools Elementary School.

Other Recognitions

This is a list of additional recognitions that are given from various parts of the campus.