GRCC In the News, 5-12-14

Grand Rapids bets on the success of its new bus system

May 11, 2014; Crain’s Detroit Business

The transit system serving metro Grand Rapids is staking nearly $40 million and its reputation on a bus system mimicking light rail that it says will compete successfully with the automobile in getting people from the southern suburbs to downtown.

… One likely rider is a student trying to get downtown to attend classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Free parking and a 27-minute commute time could act as powerful incentives for students accustomed to the “massive pileup” that sometimes results in hourlong waits at the main GRCC ramp during peak times of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Venema said.

New laptop added to get-well wishes for injured student

Bad things sometimes bring out the best in all of us, and the entire Grand Rapids community has rallied to support GRCC student Osman Koroma, who was seriously injured when he and his guide dog were hit by a car in March.

While he’s determined to resume his studies here, his laptop was destroyed in the accident. President Ender decided that was where he could help. He purchased one for Mr. Koroma and it was delivered to him last week.

Mr. Koroma was resting after a therapy session when the laptop arrived, but he said he’s very appreciative – and very excited. He plans to return to our campus this fall!

GRCC signs up new students at Allegan Tech Center

Once again GRCC staff (Angela Long (Admissions & Enrollment/Counseling), Angela Salinas (Admissions & Enrollment Center) and Miguel Espinoza (Lakeshore Campus) ventured out into the community and to represent the College on Thursday May 8 at the Allegan Tech Center Decision Day event. This was an opportunity to help graduating seniors sign up for Orientation and prepare for Fall start at GRCC as well as answer questions for juniors. The GRCC table was a fun place to be as we debuted our new prize wheel (spin the wheel, answer a question, get a piece of candy!) as well as interest card drawings for GRCC t-shirts. There were nearly 500 students from Allegan County high schools in attendance at the event. Future students were able to get helpful information and materials and get their questions answered about GRCC!

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Pardon our Dust

The Media Technologies Offices will be closed most of the summer for renovations beginning May 12th and continuing through August. Most of the staff will be moving their offices to the Music Building (Room 205). We will continue to provide most services from that location until renovations are complete. Our main office number is 234-3830.

All of the online forms for events and equipment checkout are located on our webpage at

For recording and video production needs please fill out a Production request at or call Klaas Kwant at 234-3833.

Thank you for your patience with our construction and have a great summer!

GRCC, GVSU team up on ‘Meet the Buyers’

GRCC is partnering with GVSU to present

Regional Alliance for Diversity in Public Purchasing
Meet the Buyers: Back to Basis

Thursday, May 15, 2014
8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Giveaway (must be present to win)
iPad Air
iPod Touch
3 Months of coaching (compliments of Partners in Action inc)

Early $10
Late $20

Grand Valley Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton St. W.
Grand Rapids MI 49504
Parking Info

See the program: