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Career, Employment Services Get Innovative - GRCC and Partners to Present “New Way of Thinking” to Better Serve Students, Community

On Wednesday, May 25, at 10:30 AM at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Community College and the Keller Futures Center, will present a series of ideas on career and employment services generated from an intensive 8-week study that involved GRCC faculty, staff and community members.

The Keller Futures Center – a partnership between GRCC and local businessman Fred Keller – uses an Integrated Thinking model to address critical issues, and encourages participation from students, faculty, professionals and other interested volunteers from the community.

“The idea for this particular project was to come up with compelling and innovative ideas on how to dramatically improve GRCC’s ability to provide sustainable career services to our students,” said Dean of Student Services, Tina Hoxie, who headed up this particular project. “Now we are ready to show nine innovative ideas – out of 400 that our team came up with – to the public.”
 
A recent study on Urban Architecture using the Center’s model resulted in GRCC's Root Camp, a 6-session series of workshops on gardening that resulted in capacity, standing-room attendance and participation.  A future area of study will be transportation.
 
The GRCC work with the Keller Future Center earned a prestigious Edison Award earlier this year.
 
 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.