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Collegiate wins 6 awards at MPA gala

May 18, 2018

The Collegiate won six awards at the 2018 Michigan Press Association Convention and Gala last week.

The following GRCC students were recognized for their work:

The full Collegiate article about the awards winners can be read here:

Full MPA award results can be viewed here:


Collegiate email and online ads

January 24, 2018

The Collegiate, GRCCs online student news publication is now accepting ads. If you are interested in advertising in their weekly email newsletter and daily online publication, please contact Mycah Roark, The Collegiate Ad Manager, at or (616) 405-0862.

Collegiate introduces new Student Alliance Executive Board members

April 21, 2017

Collegiate reporter Avery Jennings introduces the two new Student Alliance Executive Board members: freshmen Cale Merdzinski and Kaitlynn Karl.  Two positions remain open — encourage your students to apply.

Collegiate covers sexual assault awareness seminar

April 14, 2017

Collegiate staff reporter Rachael Yadlowsky attended a sexual assault awareness seminar and shared what she learned about Title IX, home safety and self defense

Collegiate covers talk on Syrian refugee crisis

April 10, 2017

Collegiate Editor-in-Chief Kayla Tucker covers West Virginia University geography professor Karen Culcasi’s talk at GRCC on the Syrian refugee crisis.

Collegiate looks at free snack bar, food pantry

March 27, 2017

Collegiate reporter Nicole Quigley recently spoke with Lina Blair, director of student life and conduct, about the new free snack pantry and GRCC food pantry.

Each is supported by GRCC faculty and staff donations, and they are part of a campus-wide initiative to eliminate hunger as a barrier to a student’s success.

GRCC In the News, 3-13-17

March 13, 2017

“Morning News”

March 13, 2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College plans to announce a new partnership aimed at training construction workers to build homes.

What economies across the state can learn from West Michigan’s success

March 9, 2017; Michigan Public Radio

West Michigan is one of the most economically healthy regions in our state. It’s been cited as the fifth fastest-growing city in the country.

… “You see private businesses that are working every day with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Works! and having that open dialogue, saying ‘This not just what I have today in terms of needs for my workforce, but here’s what I’m going to need over the next three-to-five years,'” (Tim) Mroz said. “‘How can you help in your curriculum? How can you help in workforce training to really make those connections, and help us grow our talent pool so that my business can continue growing in the region?'”

Kalamazoo Public Safety to hire, replace 40 officers by 2018

March 7, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said he expects to hire 40 new officers during the next year-and-a-half.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Why mentoring is a vital add-on to remedial curriculum

March 6, 2017; Education Dive

… Remedial education is a growing part of the national conversation on college affordability, and it has attracted the attention of lawmakers in states and within the federal government. Campuses which show a commitment to enrolling low-income and minority students, but which don’t complement the enrollment strategy with direct outreach, stand to lose ground in graduation rates and poor internal reviews from students and faculty. Schools like Grand Rapids Community College use online assessment tools to help students self-determine the amount of time and resources they have to fully commit to pursuing a degree.

600 teens attending African American Male Achievement Conference

March 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 600 ninth graders from high schools throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the second annual African American Male Achievement Conference today at Grand Rapids Community College.

‘Creatures of Light’ opens at Grand Rapids Public Museum

March 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Animals from fireflies to deep-sea squid are the focal point of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s newest exhibit. “Creatures of Light” exhibit opens on Saturday, March 11.

(One of the photos accompanying this article shows GRCC student Joseph Hileski touring the exhibit.)

Pets and animal lovers play with friends at LaughFest event Sunday

March 12, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Each year, Grand Rapids resident Erica Jager and her dachshund, Cooper, wait for a People and Pets day at Gilda’s LaughFest.

… Jager was among nearly 150 who attended a People and Pets event at GRCC Ford Feildhouse Sunday, one of the most popular parts of Gilda’s LaughFest since 2010. The event featured activities including a parade, costume contest, blessing and other events for animal lovers and their companions.

COLLEGE: Lackawanna sweeps softball doubleheader

March 7, 2017; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

Lackawanna College’s softball team opened its southern swing with a doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids Community College, posting a pair of shutouts in the squad’s first games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Indians win 3 of 4 at Classic

March 7, 2017; The Jackson County Floridian

The Chipola Baseball Classic over the weekend yielded mixed results for the 19-4 Indians.
While Grand Rapids Community College wasn’t able to gain any traction and went down 10-0 in flurry of runs on Friday, Saturday’s game against Louisiana State University Eunice saw a 9-2 loss for the Indians.



Collegiate covers Consuela Ward’s lecture

March 3, 2017

Collegiate staff member Jennifer Lugo was on hand Feb. 24 when Dr. Consuela Ward spoke at Fountain Street Church for the Diversity Lecture Series. In her article, Lugo shares Ward’s message and audience reaction.

Collegiate covers budget discussions, building projects

February 17, 2017

Reporter Avery Jennings covers discussions of the 2016-2017 budget, employee salaries, enrollment numbers, tuition cost and building projects.

Collegiate covers airport protest

February 10, 2017

“Over 150 people gathered at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport [Sunday, Jan. 5] after President Donald Trump issued an executive order that temporarily bans immigrants and refugees from entering the country.” Read more here.

Collegiate named Division 3 College Newspaper of the Year

January 27, 2017

Congratulations to the staff of The Collegiate, GRCC’s student-run newspaper, for being named 2016 Division 3 College Newspaper of the Year in the Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Staff members also received 19 awards!

Collegiate covers swearing in of new board members

January 23, 2017

Collegiate student newspaper editor-in-chief Kayla Tucker was on hand  to cover the swearing in of GRCC Board of Trustee members Kathleen Bruinsma, Kenyatta Brame and David Koetje.

Collegiate podcast features Molly Maczka Leadership Hub

January 13, 2017

The Collegiate podcast features the renaming of the Club Hub to the Molly Maczka Leadership Hub. Students voted to change the name to honor the Molly Maczka, the former Student Life Office manager who died Oct. 26. The Club Hub was opened this semester in the Student Life office as a place for student leaders and club members to network and collaborate.

GRCC In the News, 11-8-16

November 8, 2016

Royal withdraws as GRCC presidential finalist

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just two weeks before the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees intends to make a decision about the school’s 10th president, one of the four finalists — Inver Hills Community College Provost Christina Royal – has removed her name from consideration.

Kent County Veterans Council names ‘Veteran of the Year’

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

KENT COUNTY — The United Veterans Council of Kent County has chosen William Schaefer, of Belmont, as its 2016 “Veteran of the Year.”

The retired Air Force command chief master sergeant served his country for 37 years. He began his career in 1966, after graduating from Ottawa Hills High School and receiving an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, and a degree in business administration and industrial engineering from Western Michigan University.

Clinton, Trump stops to cost W. MI taxpayers nearly $40K

Nov. 7, 2016; WOOD TV

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their campaigns, but when it comes to security for West Michigan visits, local taxpayers are footing the bill.

… Costs associated with presidents and presidential candidates in West Michigan during the 2004 and 2008 campaigns:

July 30, 2004: Campaign stop by President George W. Bush in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $63,654.06: $39,705 in police protection, which the city did not issue a bill for; and $18,800 in public works, also not billed. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $5,149.06, which was paid in full.

… Sept. 17-18, 2008: Campaign stop by U.S. Sen. John McCain and then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $20,756.01: $14,262.81 for Grand Rapids police and $5,200 for the sheriff department, neither of which issued a bill. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $1,293.20, which was paid in full.

Muskegon Community College volleyball team barely misses a regional title

Nov. 7, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team came within a single point of winning a regional championship on Sunday.

… MCC met archrival Grand Rapids Community College in the regional finals, which took place at MCC’s Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

Rattlers Sign Five

Nov. 7, 2016;

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced Wednesday that they have signed quarterback Aaron Aiken, offensive lineman DeShawn Byrd, defensive lineman Edward Mosley, offensive linemen Keyun Swinney, and running back DeJaun Wright for the team’s inaugural season in the Indoor Football League (IFL).

… Byrd (6-5, 320, Tennessee State) attended Tennessee State where he was a two-year starter for the Tigers. Prior to transferring to Tennessee State, Byrd also attended Grand Rapids Community College where he earned MFC East All-Region and First Team All-MFC honors.

Community College Students React To New Campus Vending Machines

Nov. 7, 2016; Automatic Vending

Students at Grand Rapids Community College located in Grand Rapids, MI, got to try out several new vending machines on campus this year. The Collegiate Live reports that the college added a few new vending machines with flashy features and credit/debit card readers.

Collegiate looks at new vending machines

October 28, 2016

Did you know that there are new vending machine items and coffee on campus? The Collegiate provides a review.