Category Archives: Student Life

Bookstore hiring for fall rush

GRCC’s bookstore is hiring for the fall rush! We need cashiers, text associates and online order processors.

You can apply online:

  1. Click on “Find A Career” and then “Retail Jobs.”
  2. Follow “View Retail Jobs on the pop-up message.
  3. You’ll be sent to a webpage where you can type in the GRCC ZIP code (49503) to see the team member positions.

For more information, visit the bookstore, located on the Student Center’s first floor.

Campus Activities Board to give away vouchers at John Ball Zoo

Update: While Campus Activities Board will be handing out vouchers, the movie “Zootopia” will not be shown.

GRCC’s Campus Activities Board will be at the John Ball Zoo from 4-6 p.m. July 13!

CAB members will hand out $5 zoo vouchers to the first 50 GRCC students who arrive. GRCC students will have free admission with their RaiderCards and Go See GR pass, and we will cover the cost of up to two guests per GRCC student. Go to the Student Life office — on the Student Center’s ground floor — to pick up your Go See GR pass!

Spectrum Theater gets hearing loop system

Deaf and hard-of-hearing children — and their parents, teachers and friends — are invited to a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter” to celebrate a new hearing loop system installed in Spectrum Theater.

The theater’s hearing loop system, which sends a wireless signal that is picked up by hearing aids, was funded through a donation by Quota International of Grand Rapids in memory of lifelong member Eleanor Roberts.

Circle Theatre will present “Snow White: The Queen’s Fair Daughter” by Max Bush at 7 p.m. June 30 at Spectrum Theater. To reserve tickets, call (616) 805-4381 or email with your name, number of tickets requested and contact information. Interpreters will be provided for this performance.

“This hearing loop system will greatly improve accessibility for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community when using our theater,” said Sarah Rose, program director for GRCC’s Disability Support Services.

“We are so thankful for the partnership we have with Quota International. In addition to this generous donation, Quota also supports our students through a Quota International Scholarship offered through the GRCC Foundation.”

Quota President Sue Scharf said the organization is proud to be part of the Spectrum Theater project in commemoration of Roberts.

“We were excited to hear about the project as Quota’s mission is to improve communication for the Deaf and hard of hearing,” Scharf said. “Eleanor was passionate about helping the Deaf community, and she also loved theatre. We thought the Spectrum Theatre project would be a perfect memorial for her.”

The play that will debut the hearing loop system is based on the Snow White story as it was told to the Brothers Grimm in 1808. It abounds with adventures and new friends made as part of Snow White’s time in the woods.

A very special performance of Snow White: The Queen’s Fair Daughter. An adaptation by Max Bush based on the original Brothers Grimm fairytale. Saturday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE Grand Rapids. Presented by Circle Theatre. A partnership with GRCC Grand  Rapids Community College, Quota International. This special performance is free for deaf and hard of hearing children, their parents, teachers and friends; it will showcase the new hearing loop system at Spectrum Theater that was made possible by a generous donation from former Quotarian Eleanor Roberts. Interpreters will be provided for this performance. To register, contact Kath at (616) 805-4381 or Provide name, attendance number, contact information.

GRCC offers parking in DASH, College Avenue lots

GRCC has reserved 105 spots in the DASH Area 9 parking lot (near Seward Avenue NW and Chatham Street).  For a one-time fee of $250 — with a 10 percent discount if you register on or before Raider Rally on Aug. 25 — you get a guaranteed parking spot for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters!

Dedicated shuttles run to campus from the DASH lot about every seven or eight minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays. You will enter and exit off Seward at the northern-most gate (closest to Bridge Street). It’s marked with a blue and gold “RaiderCard Access” sign, and you’ll need to swipe your RaiderCard as you enter and leave.

Make sure you load $250 on your RaiderCard before you fill out this form.

GRCC also has leased 155 spaces at Central Reformed Church at College Avenue and Fulton Street. For a one-time fee of $250 — $225 if you sign up on or before Raider Rally on Aug. 25 — you get a spot for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters.

A dedicated shuttle connects the College Avenue lot to GRCC’s Main Campus. The shuttle runs 7 a.m. to 6:41 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, so this lot is recommended for students taking daytime classes. The College Avenue shuttle uses the Sneden shuttle route, picking up and dropping off in front of Sneden Hall, the back of the Grand Rapids Public Library and in front of Spectrum Theater.

Make sure you load $250 onto your RaiderCard before signing up for the College Avenue lot.


Board approves budget with lowest tuition increase in 2 decades

The board of trustees unanimously approved a $112.3 million budget for the 2018-2019 academic year, a spending plan that includes the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades.

Board Chairman David J. Koetje said the budget reflects the college’s commitment to its dual mission: making quality associate degrees affordable to students graduating from high school and workforce training accessible to people seeking to refresh or gain new skills.

“This budget continues a fiscally responsible approach to investing in opportunities to strengthen our communities,” Koetje said. “We see the results individually in our students gaining an education, and collectively with GRCC having a nearly half-billion dollar economic impact on West Michigan.”

The budget also continues investments in programs aimed at helping students and serving the greater community, such as Early/Middle College and innovative partnerships with employers for career programs.

Tuition and fees account for about 46 percent of the college’s revenue. In March, trustees unanimously approved a 0.88 percent tuition increase for the 2018-2019 academic year — the lowest increase in almost two decades.

“Lifelong learning is the key to success, whether it be an associate degree, credits to transfer to a four-year school, a credential for career skills — or any combination of those,” said GRCC President Bill Pink. “We’re focused on being relevant and responsive to the people in West Michigan. Keeping a tuition increase at less than 1 percent demonstrates that commitment.”

The budget is based on an in-district tuition rate of $114 per credit hour, a 0.88 percent increase from the 2017-2018 rate. That’s the smallest increase since the 0.9 percent uptick in the 1999-2000 academic year. Including universal fees, the total cost for a full-time student will be $3,879 for the year.

Even with the tuition increase, full-time students eligible for a full Pell grant award will have more than $2,000 available to cover textbooks and other educational expenses.

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation works with partners to help with college expenses, including the Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship Fund, a collaboration with Spectrum Health. Earlier this year, GRCC was awarded $1 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to expand programs that connect vulnerable populations with careers in public works and health care.