Press release: GRCC and Kent ISD partner on printing to save money, maximize operations

For Immediate Release


July 9, 2013

Contact: Ron Koehler/Malinda Powers



July 9, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD have consolidated their printing services operations to create greater efficiencies, conserve taxpayer dollars, and provide better service to the school districts, nonprofit organizations and staff who use their copy services departments.

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD combined services at the Grand Rapids Community College campus to expand the range of services offered to our customers. This partnership will reduce the cost of printing for both partners by increasing the efficiency of the GRCC print shop, which will lower their overall cost of operations and eliminate the staffing expenditures devoted to Copy Services at Kent ISD. Printing services were combined at the GRCC location July 1.

"Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College have partnered on a wide range of programming over the years," said Kent ISD Superintendent Kevin Konarska. "We appreciate their willingness to work with us to create a new and more efficient printing option for our staff and our local district customers."

"In recent years, we've continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business," said Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender. "I'd like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time."

GRCC Copy Services customers will experience new utility and convenience of service through the use of the GRCCePrint electronic storefront and a courier schedule that will ensure a seamless service transition between Kent ISD and GRCC. Training on the GRCCePrint system will be provided at Kent ISD for all staff, school district and nonprofit Copy Services customers. A schedule of GRCCePrint training opportunities will be provided in the near future.

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.