Each year, student groups at Grand Rapids Community College enter the Armen Awards, a service learning project competition to inspire best practices for teaching and learning. It uses the principles of innovation and service learning.Students, faculty, and community partners form teams and create products that result in shared impact in the community. This includes the student’s understanding of course content, critical thinking and personal and social responsibility skills, teaching practices, and demonstration of how the service learning project will be sustained.
The first place prize is for $3,000, second place is $1,500 and third is $750.
This year’s participants include:
Lauren Elliott’s Introduction to Biology class and partnered with Blandford Nature Center to provide students with a real world application to ecology including conservation, invasive species and human-environment interaction.
Margie Erlandson’s Fashion Merchandising class partnered with the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion where students applied the principles and elements of design, fabric selection and sewing techniques to produce and design quilts for cancer patients.
Holly VanRyn worked with her Restaurant Leadership and Management students to teach Baxter Community Center Mentees about etiquette while hosting a formal dinner for 12 guests.
Katie VanderMeer’s Introduction to Computer Programming students went to Orchard View Elementary and teaching programming logic to fifth graders.
Leigh Kleinert’s General Human Anatomy and Physiology,class partnered with Jenison International Academy to provide a face-to-face, interactive biology lab for the online high school students.
Last years’ first place winner was Journalism Professor Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s team who documented hospice patients and reported on living your best life.
The Armen Awards Celebration Event will be held Friday, April 22 at Kendall College of Art and Design in room 217 at the N. Ferris building at 3 p.m.