Easy as A-B-C: New GRCC parking ramp names will ease confusion for students and community members navigating campus

Parking at Grand Rapids Community College will be easy as A-B-C when students return from spring break.

The college’s three main parking ramps will have new names, making it easier for students and community members to find them, part of a comprehensive wayfinding system that will touch all areas of the downtown campus.

The new sign system will help pedestrians and motorists navigate their way through the campus, connecting them with classes and services.

Changing the names of the parking ramps will eliminate confusion, as people often looked for entrances on the streets included in the name of the ramp. Floors will be identified by colors.

The Bostwick Ramp will be Ramp A, the Lyons Ramp will be Ramp B and the DeVos Campus Ramp will be Ramp C.

New signs are planned to be set in place in the week ahead, and other signs across campus will follow.

The $600,000 wayfinding project includes building signs as well as directional aids near roads and on pedestrian plazas, including fresh, modern designs that allow for future growth. It is the first major change to campus signs since the college transitioned from Grand Rapids Junior College 30 years ago.

The college worked closely with Grand Rapids city planners to arrive at an eye-catching style that fits well within the aesthetics of the historic Heritage Hill neighborhood.

Corbin Design of Traverse City was the lead firm, working with GRCC’s Facilities Department and Communications Department graphic design team. Universal Sign Systems of Grand Rapids heads the construction phase of the project.

The design is similar to the one used to highlight GRCC students on banners attached to streetlight poles throughout campus.

Large signs with the current logo will be erected at key intersections to identify where the campus begins and ends. The Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse and Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center will have video display boards to inform students and community members about campus events.

Building addresses will be featured prominently on external signs to assist people following directions on their mobile phones and other devices.

Pedestrian signs with maps are intended to help people traverse the campus on foot, especially those looking to between the nearby DeVos Campus and the Main Campus.

GRCC has made parking on campus less expensive in recent years, part of an overall effort to make a college education more accessible and affordable.

Since fall 2020, students can enter and exit GRCC student parking lots multiple times each day while only being charged once for parking.

Drivers must swipe their RaiderCard when entering and exiting the ramp for this feature to work. Students will be charged $3.50 when they exit the first time and will be able to enter and exit the rest of the day for free. They must use their RaiderCard for all entries and exits for this feature to work. Money can be added to RaiderCards through machines on campus or online. 

That change made it easier for students to leave campus between classes for work or home responsibilities, or drive between the DeVos Campus and Main Campus and not pay more than the daily $3.50 rate.

GRCC In the News 02/25/2022

12 ‘transformational’ projects identified by Grand Rapids economic development group

2/24/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A regional economic development agency is joining a push to advocate for public funding for large-scale projects in the Grand Rapids area, including an outdoor amphitheater, Grand River restoration, affordable housing and more.

… Here’s the list of projects identified by The Right Place:

… Grand Rapids Community College Public Safety Training Center: “This center will accommodate comprehensive public safety training needs. It will include a classroom building, a large bay area for public safety vehicles, a burn tower” and more.

Provost restructuring updates and ASA reorganization slides & recording

Provost Brian Knetl will share the work on the reorganization in Academic and Student Affairs at several points during the week.

“This has been a long, but rewarding process. I am excited to share more details as this new structure will build capacity and facilitate coordination of efforts across ASA,” he said. “I plan to share the new structure and give time for question and answer starting tomorrow and over the next several days through several virtual open forums.”

Provost will presented the overall reorganization that included Q&A. The recording of the presentation given on Wednesday is available below. Attached are the slides from yesterday’s presentation on the ASA reorganization. You can also view the recording here.

Provost Restructuring Presentation 2 23 22

Thursday, February 24th, Friday, February 25th, and Monday, February 28th there will be four additional open forums for Q&A. 

He also said, “On Monday, March 7 (after mid-semester break), I will send an email with the link to the reorganization presentation along with any updates that might have come out of the Q&A sessions.”

Policies Updated

GRCC has reviewed/updated policies

February 2022

Policy Meeting

11.7 Disposal of Surplus, Used or Obsolete Furniture & Equipment

  • Updated link in Procedures

14.2 Firearms, Explosives or Weapons

  • Updated “Campus Police” to “GRCC Police” throughout policy

11.19 Lobbying

  • No changes

11.20 Supplanting of Federal Funds

  • No changes

14.10 Service Animals

  • No changes

6.1 Transgender and Non-Binary Equal Opportunity

  • Replaced the term “gender non-conforming” with “non-binary” and defined the term “non-binary”.
  • Revised the Policy title to reflect that the Policy applies to transgender and non-binary individuals.
  • Updated the “Related Documents” Section to place the related College Policies in ascending numerical order and to reference to GRCC Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy.
  • Added language to the “Campus Records” section to reflect that students and employees should be aware that, in certain circumstances, the College may be required to use a student or employee’s legal name (rather than their preferred name).
  • Added language to the “Campus Records” section to provide resources for student or employee inquiries relating to College documents where legal or preferred names may be used.
  • Revised Policy procedures so that the Student Records office is the contact for all student preferred name change requests, email change requests, and/or locker room access update requests.
  • Revised Policy procedures so that the Human Resources Information Specialist is the contact for all employee preferred name change requests, email change requests, and/or locker room access update requests.
  • Identified the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a resource for transgender or non-binary individuals.
  • Numerous formatting changes.  Added or repaired web links for organizations providing resources.
  • Added the Registrar as a Policy contact.

The new/revised policies have been added to the College Policies website.

DATE CHANGE: Cultural Competence Institute

The date has changed for the 2022 Cultural Competence Institute.

The session will take place on Friday, April 8, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Provost and Office of Instructional Support have partnered to offer full-time faculty and staff free registration to the 2022 Cultural Competence Institute.
Please contact LaKenya Gissendanner at [ lgissend@grcc.edu ] to sign up for this opportunity by March 31.
This year’s CCI will focus on interweaving principles of equity into the strategic planning process. 

8:30 am to 9:15 am  
-Organizational triumphs when equity is critical to the strategic plan
-The ‘business case’ for embedding equity into the strategic plan
-How equity drives the institutional mission, values, purpose)

9:15 am to 10:00 am
-Fostering faculty engagement and leadership
-Action-centered practices faculty can adopt to embed equity
-Best practices in faculty and administration partnerships  
10:10 am to 11:15 am
-Key steps: How do we get there?

Over $1,000,000 available for our Students

Financial Aid representative working with student.

Please encourage the students you teach and support to complete the GRCC Scholarship application. They can fill out a single application to be considered for over three hundred scholarships!

These scholarships can provide them with free money to help cover 2022-23 GRCC tuition, books and fees. 

Students should apply for GRCC scholarships on our Scholarships webpage. The priority deadline is March 15, 2022. In order to maximize scholarship opportunities, students should also complete a 2022-23 FAFSA.