GRCC to Host Veteran Student Open House; Experts Will Discuss Military Benefits

Grand Rapids Community College is inviting students and community members interested in using military benefits for college to its free Veteran Student Open House on Tuesday, November 15, from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

GRCC currently serves a population of over 300 veteran students - individuals already enlisted in the military or who have been honorably discharged.

 “Many of these veterans are either just starting college for the first time or returning after their service.  It’s important for us to provide resources and guide them through this transition,” said Angela Zainea from the GRCC Admissions Office, who is coordinating the open House.

GRCC Veterans Benefits Coordinator, Janice Holton, will be at the open house to speak with veterans about the process of applying for military benefits - such as receiving college credit for military experience.  Representatives from GRCC’s Admissions, Counseling and Career Center, and Financial Aid offices will also be on hand to get veterans connected to GRCC’s many student services and to discuss GRCC’s many associate degree, certification and transfer programs.

Veterans will also be able to speak with:

  • Eddy Jones from the MI Dept. of Education, Director of MI Troops to Teachersprogram
  • Daren Young, Program Manager for Veterans Services t through Goodwill Industries
  • Carrie Roy of the Kent County Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Martin Marvin, Director of Employment and Economic Development with the Grand Rapids Urban League
  • Bob Short of the University of Michigan Buddy to Buddy mentor program, designed to help MI service members face the challenges of returning to civilian life.

G.I. Jobs named Grand Rapids Community College a “Military Friendly” institution, for the third consecutive year this year, based on the college’s academic programs and reputation, and its support of student veterans.    G.I. Jobs is an online veteran-owned publication that provides education, transition assistance, and job opportunities for military transitioners.

The open house will be held in room 108 of Sneden Hall, 415 E. Fulton St., on GRCC’s DeVos Campus.  Parking is located off Fountain St.

For more information on veteran’s programs at Grand Rapids Community College visit  or call Janice Holton at 234-4129.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 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.