GRCC In the News, 8-18-16

GRCC gets $226K grant for suicide prevention program

Aug. 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Counseling and Career Center is receiving a three-year, $226,034 grant to create a Campus Suicide Prevention Program.

East Grand Rapids gains new public safety officer

Aug. 17, 2016; MLive

A new public safety officer has been sworn in by the City of East Grand Rapids.

… (Andrew Keane) Good graduated from Grand Rapids Montessori High School and received an associate’s degree in 2013 and law enforcement certification in 2015, both from Grand Rapids Community College.

Fire at downtown GR office building closes part of Lyon St.

Aug. 18, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A fire at a law office building may affect some drivers in downtown Grand Rapids.

A passerby called 911 around 12:45 a.m. Thursday after noticing heavy smoke coming from the Barristers Building, located at the corner of Lyon Street and Division Avenue near Grand Rapids Community College.

Online sale starts today

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on August 18. This sale, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

Changes in food and snack vending

Grand Rapids Community College has been working with J. Bos Vending Services for many years for the purpose of providing food and snack vending services on our Grand Rapids campuses.  This has been a very long and positive relationship for both parties.

For the past six months, we have been diligently exploring other alternatives which might work better for us moving forward and provide benefits and enhancements currently not available. GRCC is very pleased and excited to announce that we have located such a vendor.  Beginning August 1, 2016, Canteen Vending Services will take over as the new provider of food and snack vending services our campus.

What will some of the enhancements include?

  1. New equipment which is state of the art both in appearance and functionality
  2. A more robust selection of products with a much stronger orientation to healthy choices
  3. Machines that will accept payment across six platforms, including cash, Raider Card, credit card, debit card, Pay Pal, and Apple Pay


We are currently in a transitional phase, and may see some service disruptions


Once the change is complete, it may take a brief period of time to get all of the technology involved up and functioning as intended.  Your help will be very important during this time period.  If you notice any issue with a particular machine, please e-mail Rick Vander Veen at with the building, exact location, which machine, and a brief description of the issue.