Christopher Sain MSW

Coordinator of Retention and Early Alert
Chris Sain
Phone: (616) 234-3428
SCC 343
8:00 am - 5:00pm (M-F)





MSW, Wayne State University

BSW, Saginaw Valley State University


Chris Sain Jr. is Coordinator of Retention at Grand Rapids Community College, where he operates and manages the college Early Alert System and associated retention efforts in the Office of Student Success and Retention. He also serves as Success Coach for Alpha Beta Omega (ABO), a Leadership Development Initiative for African American Males.

Sain, a former Division I athlete, maintains an active and highly visible retention agenda focusing on major social issues in education: persistence, academic barriers, housing, childcare, employment, food insecurity, unhealthy and toxic relationships, social welfare, student access and achievement, racial and institutional barriers to success, and student learning and development. An extensive background in workforce development, social justice, juvenile justice, prison reform and youth services, Sain has authored 2 books and monographs including Black Male Student Achievement in Community Colleges for Huffington Post. He is a highly sought after public speaker and presenter. To date, he has given more than 200 combined, presentations, commencement speeches, panel discussions, workshops, seminars and keynote addresses.

Named “Top 40 under 40,” by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, Sain has received several awards and honors, including his work around black male achievement, student success, social justice and his work with at-risk youth.

Sain is an executive team member of Grand Rapids Community College Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and actively serves on numerous committees at the college and in the community including, Campus Climate Committee, Extended Campus Team (ECT), GRCC Suicide & Mental Health Team, Athletic Advisory Board, ABO, First Scholars, Mayors Racial Equity Board, Mayors S.A.F.E. Neighborhood Task Force, To College, Through College (TCTC), Grade 2 Grad School (G2G), NAACP Grand Rapids Chapter, among others.