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GRCC Receives Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding Community Partner of the Year Award

Grand Rapids Community College received the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding Community Partner of the Year Award at the annual "Horsin’ Around Hoedown” Saturday, October 2, 2010. The recognition is the result of extensive service learning work through GRCC’s Academic Service Learning Center (ASLC).

What began as an ASLC-coordinated, GRCC Workforce Development staff leadership retreat became a full-fledged partnership between Equest and the ASLC. “We have committed to a 3-year partnership with Equest that will bring students from a variety of disciplines, said ASLC Director Dr. Mindy Firlan. “We are matching the needs of Equest to the learning objectives in our classes. The needs of the community partner drive the model with an emphasis on a good fit with student learning.”

Community members, GRCC students and employees are invited to join the ASLC at Equest for this year’s National Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Transportation from the college and lunch will be provided; <a href="http://bit.ly/cHt4GW">register here</a>.

Academic Service Learning allows students to make contributions to the community while learning class concepts, and ASLC Director Dr. Mindy Firlan assists faculty in integrating learning outcomes into virtually all disciplines at GRCC.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for nearly 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 additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.