Photo: GRCC Billboard on I-96

If you’re on the road this week, watch for this great billboard placed by the Communications Department (and designed by Ryan Lockwood of GRCC’s Graphic Design department)It is on I-96 a tenth of a mile east of US-131.

GRCC Billboard on I-96

It’s worth noting that all of the people featured in GRCC’s promotional materials and advertisements are actual students and employees.

GRCC in the News: 1/14/11

Plan ahead: Warm up with chili cook-off
By JIM HAYDEN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 13, 2011 @ 01:53 PM

Ganges Township, MI – Fenn Valley’s 12th annual Chili Cook-off is Jan. 22 at the winery, 6130 122nd Ave. […] Contestants pre-register their chili. Judging by local chefs and instructors from the culinary arts school of Grand Rapids Community College begins at 2 p.m.  (More)

GRCC wins downtown Holland ice carving competition
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 13, 2011 @ 12:41 PM

Holland, MI — Students from five colleges in Michigan and Ohio competed in the third annual National Ice Carving Association Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday in downtown Holland. Grand Rapids Community College won the team event, followed by second-place University of Akron and Columbus State Community College in third.  (More)

LaughFest single tickets go on sale Friday with two shows already sold out
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 10:43 AM | Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The GR Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Nearly 1,000 gift certificates were sold in December for LaughFest, the nation’s first community-wide festival of laughter coming in March. […] Friday with prices ranging from $7 for family friendly events such as “Super Saturdays” at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse, to $77.50 for premium seats to see Bill Cosby’s show in DeVos Performance Hall.  (More)

On-the-Town Weekend Buzz: Talent Show, Cirque du Soleil, and pasta
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 9:05 AM | On-the-Town staff

Forward Thinking | Check out local talent by attending the opening reception for the Photo Student Exhibition at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Gallery January 18 or just slip in sometime during the week to visit the exhibition. The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m.  (More)

Service Learning Calendar of Opportunities for Students

Faculty, please make your students aware of the following ASLC learning opportunities available. Feel free to contact the ASLC for assistance in developing curriculum integration for each event.

Pass It Forward Sat., Feb. 26 10am-4pm, SCC Multi-Purpose Room (GRCC Downtown Campus)

Join us to Pass it Forward to our community! We will meet in the Multi-Purpose room to kick-off this fun service experience. The ASLC will present a menu of service projects close to campus. Each small group will get to choose a service project from the menu or create their own with the groups unique ideas, talents and passions. The aim is to create a chain reaction of good deeds and improve our community one person at a time. You can register for this event at

Earth Day Clean-Up Friday, April 15, 9am-3pm, location TBA

Earth Day is a time when people celebrate and renew their personal commitment to environmental stewardship. Join us to raise public awareness and take action to clean our local area in an effort to take better care of the planet we all call home!

The Academic Service Learning Center will celebrate Earth Day with a community clean up in downtown Grand Rapids. Students, faculty, staff, community members, and guests will meet to learn a little more about how our clean-up will affect our planet for future generations. Groups of 10 will meet and be assigned downtown areas to clean-up. You can register for this event at

Relay for Life Fri.-Sat., June 10-11 3pm-3pm, Ah Nab Awen Park (303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids)

Team-up with GRCC to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. You could bring your class or department for any amount of time (from an hour to the full 24) to take part in this event. Please request additional information by contacting Kelsey at the information listed below.