Welcome to Grand Rapids Community College!
You have made a big step toward your goal of higher education by coming to this college and putting the resources of Grand Rapids Community College behind you. We look forward to showing you how GRCC works.
Grand Rapids is part of our name, but so is “community,” and the community we serve deserves the best from its community college. And while we all recognize our local city, town, and county boundaries, those distinctions are being melded into the West Michigan community. We are evolving — and it’s a good evolution. One college, many communities — that’s how we work.
A century ago, we started in one building. Now we have a campus on the lakeshore, as well as satellite sites in Grandville, Rockford, Lowell, and Caledonia. A recent economic impact report found that in 2015-16 GRCC added $413.5 million to the Kent County economy and $34.2 million to Ottawa County's economy. This year, we will serve more than 29,500 students and for each of those individuals who finds a place in our state’s educated workforce, prosperity follows for our community.
Community colleges have a distinct role among our country’s educational institutions. We need to be an integral part of the lives of the people we serve. You are taking a step into the future, but for the moment you are also in college — take a little time to join a group or student activity. Become an active fan at GRCC’s nationally ranked athletic events, treat yourself to some award-winning cuisine at one of our student-run restaurants, or volunteer in your community through one of our many service learning initiatives. It’s all a part of the GRCC experience.
Again, welcome to GRCC, your first choice, the best choice. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you on campus and in our community.
Dr. Juan R. Olivarez
Interim President, Grand Rapids Community College