Grand Rapids Community College has entered into a partnership with the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) and the Grand Rapids Public Museum to provide free admission for GRCC students from January 23 to April 28, 2012.
Among the goals of the partnership is to encourage students to engage in learning outside of the classroom, including exposure to cultural experiences within our community to enhance their college experience.
Students will have free access to both museums with their GRCC ID cards. Grand Rapids Public Museum has also agreed to allow students free admission for all Planetarium shows excluding Laser Light shows.
GRCC will also be hosting two events to encourage students to explore what the museums have to offer; a FACING MARS exhibit event at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition at the GRAM.
“I think the program is a great opportunity for our students to learn more outside of the classroom in all subject areas; we’re pleased to be able to provide students with another outlet for learning,” said Ashlee Pipoly, GRCC’s Student Life Coordinator.
This program is being funded through the campus activities fee. This fee is paid by students and managed by GRCC Student Congress and Campus Activities groups. Whitney Cunningham, Campus Activities President said, “We think this program is a great way to invest the campus activities fee so all our students can benefit from the many great cultural organizations in our community.”
The program’s initial timeframe is a trial, which will be up for discussion and review to determine if it will be extended beyond the conclusion of the agreement.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 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.