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Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. The Training Solutions department trained over 8,100 students in specialized training programs in 2009-10. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

Study Away – Morocco

HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel –  Hillery Haney

As part of the HU 219 Global Studies Through International Travel course, students will be provided an in-depth study of the Moroccan culture, history, and civilization. Students will travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert and to the Gorges. Students in this group can look forward to meeting people in the various villages and cities, visiting the markets and co-operatives, eat in restaurants, bartering to purchase local goods and services, and seeing firsthand how geography impacts values and lifestyles.

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GRCC In the News, 10-19-17

Grandson of Cesar Chavez shares millennial message in GR

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The grandson of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez visited Grand Rapids Wednesday with a message for millennials: In today’s political climate, it’s more important than ever to remember his grandfather’s message of unity, hope and uniting people.

… Andrew Chavez spoke at Grand Rapids Community College as part of an event put on by the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Jayhawks volleyball team beats back Kellogg, clinches second place in conference

Oct. 18, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team secured at least a second place finish in their  conference with a tough five-set victory over Kellogg Community College on Tuesday.

… MCC is now 18-14 overall and 12-2 in the Western Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Jayhawks trail undefeated Grand Rapids Community College by two games, with only two conference matches remaining.

Recital hall named for Linn Maxwell Keller

GRCC named the newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller during a special ceremony and concert on Oct. 18. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of the music program. The recital hall project was part of the $8.5 million renovation of the Music Center, which was renamed last month for Grand Rapids Junior College Humanities Department Chair Albert P. Smith.

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GRCC student, alumna receive honors for geography research

Research papers by a GRCC student and an alumna took honors at the recent annual conference of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers.

Geography major Kara Jueckstock received first place in the competition for students pursuing a baccalaureate with her paper “Tourism in the Caribbean: Utopian Ideal of Dystopian Disaster?” Jueckstock is scheduled to graduate in December and plans to transfer to Aquinas College.

Alyson Mabie, a 2013 GRCC graduate, received first-place honors in the category of best paper presented by a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree for her paper “Brewing on the Edge: The Economic and Community Impacts of Small Town Breweries on the Outskirts of Beer City, U.S.A.” Mabie, who took first-place undergraduate honors at the 2014 meeting, plans to pursue a Ph.D. after completing her master’s degree at Western Michigan University.

All geography programs at colleges and universities throughout Ohio and Michigan are part of the association’s East Lakes Division. Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels had their independent research critically assessed by a judging panel made up of faculty from some of the region’s leading geography programs. GRCC geography alumni have received awards eight awards over the past eight years for the papers they’ve presented at the annual regional conference.


Golfer Matthew Orwig places 2nd in Egypt Valley Intercollegiate

Matthew Orwig led GRCC to a seventh-place finish at the Egypt Valley Intercollegiate, shooting 146 total strokes with rounds of 76 and 70.

Orwig’s +2 finish left him just one stroke behind the tournament’s first-place finisher, Alec Dutkowski, whose rounds of 74 and 71 left him one over par.

Overall, Taylor University took home the top team honors with a +22 finish. Mount Vernon Nazarene University took a distant second at +37. Huntington University took third at +48.

GRCC’s Josh Stephan tied for 22nd at +15. Ryan Skislak tied for 36th with a +22, and  Ryan Skislak’s +22 earned him a share of 42nd. Cameron DeKuiper tied for 46th with a +23, and Samuel Howard tied for 59th at + 35.

In addition to a second-place finish, Orwig’s play earned him a spot on the event’s All-Tournament Team with Taylor’s Dutkowski and Mitch Lamping, as well as Sean Thomas and Sam Romine from Mount Vernon Nazarene.

The end of the tournament marks the end of competition for GRCC as cooler, wetter weather moves golf teams off the courses and back inside. The Raiders will commence play again in March.

Students to present summer research on October 25

Students who participated in the summer MICUP program at Michigan Technological University, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan, and the Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain, will exhibit their research from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. October 25 in the Raider Grille.

Learn about their work and the amazing opportunities that might be there for you! Everyone is welcome, and snacks will be provided.