GRCC launches Raider Nation Day for GRPS, Kentwood students

Aug. 7, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. New Grand Rapids Community College students from Grand Rapids Public Schools and East Kentwood High School will learn how they can connect with campus resources and successfully launch their college experience during the first Raider Nation Day on Aug. 8. 

During two sessions -- from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. -- students who are enrolled for GRCC's fall semester and their parents can participate in workshops to help them transition from high school to college. 

GRCC Success Coach Brandan McBride said the event is an extension of the college's partnership with GRPS.

"Our goal is to help students get acclimated to the campus and have them directly connect with the people who are here to help them," he said. "We want students to know they are not alone -- everyone here wants them to be successful."

Students will be welcomed by GRCC President Bill Pink; Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of Student Affairs; and Joe Jones, Grand Rapids city commissioner and CEO of the Grand Rapids Urban League. Then they will hear from current students about how GRCC is helping them succeed, and they will learn how to prepare themselves to navigate their collegiate journey, 

Students also will learn academic success strategies, highlighting expectations and college culture. These include effective study tactics and methods to manage school, work, family and fun. They also will have the opportunity to network with their fellow incoming freshmen and meet with representatives of campus organizations such as TRIO, Alpha Beta Omega, Assisting Latinos to Achieve and Succeed, the Hispanic Student Organization and NIA "Women with Purpose." Financial aid experts and athletic staff will also be available.

Parents will receive information and advice to help support their college students from behind the scenes.

Pink said Raider Nation Day is part of an ongoing effort to create a seamless transition between Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kentwood Public Schools and GRCC.

"No one who enrolls in GRCC classes should feel like they are making this journey by themselves," he said. "They are part of the GRCC family, and we have many people and opportunities to help them thrive. Raider Nation Day is another way to say, 'Welcome to the family.'" 

People with questions can contact McBride at

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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