FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
Nov. 6, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy will graduate 30 students on Nov. 7 — all of whom already have shown their commitment to public service.
This session — the Academy’s 80th — began in January in a new way: with a challenge to the students to perform “acts of kindness.” The students quickly found ways to share their time and talents. They collected clothing for the homeless, donated bus passes and organized a food drive for Teen Challenge.
“For the first 26 weeks of the Police Academy, each squad set out to do a special act of kindness in our community on a weekly basis,” said Academy Director Jodi Richhart. “My goal was to inspire them to give back to their communities — but they ended up surprising and inspiring me with their compassion. This recruit class is going to do amazing things in our communities.”
The Academy’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. Of the 30 students, 20 will receive associate degrees, while 10 attended just the academy and already have a degree from GRCC or another institution. Those 10 will receive certificates of completion.
GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call the college’s Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.