Photos/Video: GRCC Works Campaign Kick-Off

Yesterday at GRCC’s new Fulton St. campus, the GRCC Foundation announced the public phase of the “GRCC Works – Ask Anyone” campaign.  During the quiet phase, the college raised an impressive $10 million from a very generous group of foundations and private individuals, and now it’s time for the rest of the GRCC community to step up and contribute the final $5 million.  The money will go to renovating the college’s aging facilities to not only increase the capacity of the college to meet skyrocketing demand, but also modernizing the learning spaces.

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For a full slideshow of photos from the event, click here.  Video of the event is also available here:

GRCC ESP “Relay for Life” Team Raises Nearly $1,200

The GRCC ESP Relay for Life Team wants to thank everyone who participated this year. Our team raised $1,160 total with $385 of that being raised at the event. Thanks again to all who helped in every way.

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Donors for our “Golden Ticket” candy bar giveaway: Celebration Cinema, Clothing Matters, San Chez Bistro, and The Melting Pot
Decorations (Willy Wonka): Lowell High School Performing Arts

GRCC in the News: 5/19/10

GRCC president to make public fundraising push to help pay for campus renovations
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | May 18, 2010, 8:43PM

GRAND RAPIDS — With 35,000 alumni in West Michigan and thousands more scattered around the state, Grand Rapids Community College leaders think there are people willing to help the next generation of students by overhauling its campus buildings. But first, leaders said, they want to rekindle relationships with former students and others in the community and show the college is worthy of the support.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College will begin renovations this summer
Jessica Puchala | Updated:5/19/2010 7:41:58 AM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender announced today a new campaign to renovate the East Fulton Street campus. This is the first time Ender has mentioned the $30 million project which began back in November. It includes upgrading the Peter and Pat Cook Academic Hall, the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse and GRCC’s main building, as well as the former Davenport campus GRCC purchased last year.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender refuses raise
Steve Patterson Jessica Puchala | Updated:5/18/2010 6:27:45 PM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- After a first year evaluation, Grand Rapids Community College Trustees offered GRCC President Steven Ender a $10,000 raise. Ender turned it down. “It wasn’t that difficult quite frankly,” He said. “I could never deny a person a raise if I were taking any additional dollars from the institution or the budget… that’s just not how you lead.”  (More)

GRCC raises $10M in private donations – College announces $15M capital campaign
Tuesday, 18 May 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Community College announced a $15 million capital campaign Tuesday evening, with $10 million already raised through private donations.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College kicks off capital campaign with $10 million
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | May 18, 2010, 5:50PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College leaders say they’ve raised $10 million toward a $15 million capital campaign to renovate a series of campus buildings.  (More)

GRCC President Rejects Bonus
WOOD Radio | Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender turns down a $10-thousand annuity offered by the GRCC board Tuesday, saying in tough times like these, he couldn’t accept the bonus. The board also gave Ender a good review today, his first annual review.  (More)