By Sean P. Mulhall – Editor-in-Chief
The Grand Rapids Community College Main Building has been open on Saturdays in the past, to allow for open art labs and Certified Nurses Aide (CNA) testing facilities, but may be closed on the weekends after ArtPrize.
After moving CNA testing to Cook Hall, administrators are considering a plan to close the Main Building on weekends.
According to Victoria Janowiak, Executive Director of Operational Planning, the deans at GRCC adopted guidelines around four years ago that would shut down a building if it had little or no activity over the weekend.
“There are no classes in the Main Building on Saturdays,” Janowiak said. “Due to the academic deans’ guidelines, we do not open buildings that don’t have activity…We won’t open a building for only one event.”
Art labs, for classes including the pottery, jewelry and digital photography, were scheduled to be open throughout the semester and student employees have been scheduled to work in the labs on Saturdays until recently.
Alexa DeVries, 22, of Grand Rapids, is a jewelry student and works in the jewelry lab.
“I rearranged my other work schedule,” DeVries said. Saturday was the only available day. (For) some people, Saturday is the only day they can come…Once we start getting into…projects, and people need to use the blow torch, ferric chloride and liver of sulfide, they’ll come to use it.”
According to Janowiak, Lilly Anderson, Interim Associate Dean of Operations in the School of Arts and Sciences and Nick Antonakis, Head of the Art Department, have been working together to resolve the issue.
Anderson emailed The Collegiate Monday stating she was, “not available to meet,” to discuss this issue.
In a follow up email, Malinda Powers, Communications Promotion Manager at GRCC, stated, “There is no planned building closure. Weekend scheduling has yet to be determined.”