GRCC In the News, 8-23-21

‘Years in the making,’ GRCC transforms former JC Penney into modern learning space, community hub

8/22/21 MLive

HOLLAND, MI – A former JC Penney Department Store has been transformed into a contemporary learning space and community hub in Holland Township.

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) held a ribbon cutting Thursday, Aug. 19 where local officials, alumni and some community members got to check out the newly-renovated 50,000-square-foot Lakeshore Campus opening this fall semester.

Grand Rapids Community College Lakeshore Campus in Holland

8/22/21 MLive

(Photo gallery of Lakeshore Campus open house.)

Sunday Morning News

8/22/21 WZZM

(Lakeshore Campus opening.)

Campus child care helps student parents

8/22/21 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

A few years ago, some community colleges cut back on child-care services as demand fell. But since the pandemic began, need has grown as parents of young children found it hard to study at home with their children underfoot or they had to find affordable care while they worked.

Colleges have different approaches to child care. Some, like Clark College in Washington and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan, have a child-care center right on campus. At those two colleges and some others, the child-care center is coordinated with students in the early childhood education program, who use the center as a learning lab. (See sidebar.)

A long history in early childhood education

8/22/21 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

At Grand Rapids Community College, child care center founder Phyllis Fratzke saw the need for a learning lab for early childhood education students nearly 50 years ago.

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