GRCC prepares incoming students for college success with Raider Nation Day

July 9, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Incoming Grand Rapids Community College students will connect with campus resources and learn how to successfully launch their college experience during Raider Nation Day on July 11 in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

Students from Grand Rapids high schools, Wyoming High School, East Kentwood High School, Northview High School, Grand River Prep and Potter’s House are invited to attend the event, which is in its second year.

“We want students to be prepared for college and to be as successful as possible,” Associate Dean David Selmon said. “Our goal is to get students and their families acclimated to campus, connect them with resources and let them know they are not making this journey by themselves. There are many people here who care and are ready to help them.”

During the sessions, which run from noon to 5 p.m., students who are enrolled for GRCC's fall semester and their supporters can participate in workshops to help them transition from high school to college.

They will hear from current students about how GRCC is helping them succeed, and they will learn how to prepare themselves to navigate their own collegiate journey.

The incoming 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, Brother to Brother, the Hispanic Student Organization, NIA, ALAS and the College Success Center.

Financial aid experts, athletic staff and bookstore representatives also will be available.

Parents or other supporters will receive information and advice so they can help their college students from behind the scenes.

People with questions can contact success coach Brandan 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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