GRCC In The News, 8-28-18

High school students can get skilled-trades certificates in new program
8/27/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Northview Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) are partnering to provide alternative high school students an opportunity to earn multiple certificates in the skilled trades.

Morning News
8/28/18 FOX 17
Expect a traffic jam on Division Avenue this morning as students begin classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Fountain Street is closed east of Division, the usual route to get to the main GRCC parking ramp. Expect cars to be lined up on Division, Library Street and Library Place.

Grand Rapids, The Rapid kickoff fare-free bus route
8/27/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – We all know how busy and congested the Michigan Street corridor is — which is why Grand Rapids city leaders kicked off a three-year pilot program in hopes of helping alleviate traffic and parking issues along of the city’s most traveled routes.
… The route includes stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Meijers soon-to-open Bridge Street Market and more than 50 additional popular, high-traffic destinations. Many of these businesses will offer special deals and discounts to patrons who simply mention the Route 19 Discount while at the establishment through Sept. 23. Learn more about deals here.

Rapid bus service launches free rides on Michigan Street corridor
8/27/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In an effort to reduce traffic and ease parking congestion, the Rapid public-transit system is now offering free rides on a bus route along the Michigan Street corridor.
… It has stops near Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and Bridge Street Market, which opens Wednesday. Spectrum is encouraging employees to use the service when traveling between the health care system’s various buildings for meetings.

Photos from Opening Day 2018

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This year’s Opening Day ceremony was held at St. Cecilia’s and included wonderful coffee and breakfast from our culinary department, college updates, points of pride, video introductions to the GRCC Night Staff,  PACE survey results from Donna Kragt, and GRCC’s 2018 Excellence in Education Award winners.

Brian Daily, coordinator of the Business Tutorial Lab, received the faculty award; Julie Spahn, an instructor in the English Department, was honored with the adjunct award; and JaneAnn Benson, director of the Phyllis Fratzke Childhood Learning Laboratory, received the staff award.


Looking for Experts!

The Communications Department is putting together a list of faculty experts on subject areas that might be of interest to our local media. At various times, reporters contact us for expert commentary on a variety of subjects: politics, health care, the arts, etc. If you have an expertise that you’d be willing to share with the public, please send an email to, and she will compile a list for Communications to use when they are contacted.