Board of trustees talks About Future Endeavors

Board of trustees talks About Future Endeavors

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On Monday, the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees held their October meeting and discussed the upcoming construction to the Applied Technology Center.

The budget process starts this spring for the design and planning of the ATC Building. The construction will consist of updating primarily the Manufacturing and Computer Information Systems departments as well as other sections of the building. Freiburger is estimating that if all goes well, construction will start in Spring of 2019.  

“This is required by the state of Michigan,” said Lisa Freiburger, vice president of Finance, explaining that GRCC has to report back to the state on campus improvement projects. “It’s resubmitting our number one priority, the Applied Technology Center, as part of this budget cycle. We were approved a grant based on submission last year for the Applied Technology Center construction so we are required to continue with this until we are finished with the construction of the project.”

During the meeting,  President Bill Pink noted that  three GRCC faculty members who were recognized by the Grand Rapids Community and two who were nominated for awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Academic Outreach Success Coach Brandan McBride will receive the Role Model Education Award and Professor of the Nursing Laura Moody will receive the Community Service Equity Award. For his third time being recognized in the Grand Rapids Business Journal for their “40 Under 40 class” Christopher Sain, was nominated one of the 40 men and women.

“I am always happy to brag on our folk, I love to show off GRCC,” Pink said “There are three individuals that I want to mention today that here recently have been recognized by the community for their work and when the community recognizes GRCC people that is an automatic that we should all be recognizing them as well.”

Another item mentioned was the Academic Pathway and assisting students in choosing a career field sooner so that students know what classes to take towards their degree. There are 10 transfer programs which are incorporated into this program.

“We are reaching our outcomes, reaching our goals and most importantly that our students are succeeding,” said Tina Hoxie, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Affairs.
Also announced, this fall the GRCC Foundation awarded over $880,596 in scholarships to 755 students.

“Today, this has been an increase by almost $100,000 more than we awarded in the entire academic of last year,” said Kathryn Mullins, Executive Director of GRCC Foundation.

Mullins said there is still more scholarship money which will be disbursed throughout this upcoming winter and summer semesters. All GRCC Foundation Scholarship recipients are required to attend a mandatory scholarship recipient workshop. Students are able to receive scholarships who are interested in applying and would like more info can clink this link.

The board of trustees meeting ended on a good note with a trustee acknowledging how smoothly President Pink’s Investiture Day went. Deb Bailey, Vice Chairperson of the Board thanked everyone who was involved with the Investiture Celebration

“I was blown away by the care, the detail orientation, the arrival of the events,” Bailey said.

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