Grand Rapids Community College

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Grand Rapids Community College
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Established 1914 (1914)[1]
President Dr. Steven Ender
Location Grand Rapids, Michigan
Campus Main campus, Grand Rapids
Lakeshore campus, Holland
Colors Maiz and blue
Mascot Raiders
Website http://www.grcc.edu/

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is a community college located in the city of Grand Rapids in the U.S. state of Michigan. GRCC offers an Associate's degree, a variety of certification programs, occupational training, and other learning opportunities for the surrounding community.

Campuses[edit]

In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College also has the Lakeshore campus in Holland. The Lakeshore campus is composed of six different buildings (locations). Classes offered at the Lakeshore campus are currently taught at West Ottawa high school north building, Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus, the Carerline Technical Center, the Midtown Center, Patrick A. Thompson M-TEC, and Winding Creek Golf Course. The Lakeshore campus had a record enrollment of approximately 1400 students in the fall of 2010. More information about the Lakeshore Campus can be found at http://www.grcc.edu/lakeshore

Facilities[edit]

GRCC's eleven-block downtown campus includes several classroom buildings, a learning center and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center, a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center (including the Diversity Learning Center), Bostwick Commons, and the state-of-the-art Calkins Science Center. An off-campus “Learning Corner” has been added to serve the East Hills and Eastown neighborhoods as well as the greater Grand Rapids Community.

Library and Learning Commons[edit]

The Library & Learning Commons (LLC) is located on a hillside in downtown Grand Rapids and offers learner-centered services with the goal of creating successful students capable of continuing their studies or joining the educated workforce of Michigan.

Many professors bring their classes to the LLC both for general research and classroom instruction. The library is supported by a staff of thirteen, half of whom hold professional library degrees. Study spaces are equipped with modern computer workstations, wireless technology, and flexible seating to facilitate collaboration.

Collections include extensive licensed electronic resources and are further enhanced through participation in MEL, the Michigan eLibrary.

Athletics[edit]

Grand Rapids Community College's athletic teams compete as the Raiders in men's baseball, basketball, golf, and tennis, and in women's basketball, softball, tennis, and volleyball.[2] The college's teams participate in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) competition with the exception of the independent men's tennis team. The school has won 70 MCCAA titles and been awarded the MCCAA All-sports Trophy 13 times.

GRCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and has won numerous NJCAA district and regional championships and has appeared in national tournaments several times. The baseball team has won five NJCAA tournaments and the school has been national runner-up five times in five different sports. In addition, the Raiders' football team was honored by the NJCAA as the non-scholarship team national champion in 2005 and 2009, has played in national championship games in 1956, 1988, and 2005, and has played in ten other bowl games.

The college does not participate in the MCCAA-sponsored sports of men's and women's cross country and men's soccer. Former GRCC varsity sports include men's cross country, swimming and diving, track and field, and wrestling, and women's swimming and diving.

In January 2012, GRCC had discontinued its football team effective immediately. The President and Board have been under scrutiny for this decision.

GRCC National Championships[edit]

  • 1996 Baseball - NJCAA Division 2
  • 1997 Baseball - NJCAA Division 2
  • 2003 Baseball - NJCAA Division 2
  • 2004 Baseball - NJCAA Division 2
  • 2005 Baseball - NJCAA Division 2
  • 2005 Football - NJCAA Non-Scholarship Team National Champion
  • 2009 Football - NJCAA Non-Scholarship Team National Champion
  • 2012 Volleyball - NJCAA Division 2

GRCC National Runners-up[edit]

  • 1956 Football - NJCAA National Championship Game
  • 1974 Men's Swimming and Diving - NJCAA
  • 1976 Wrestling - NJCAA
  • 1988 Football - NJCAA National Championship Game
  • 1992 Women's Swimming and Diving - NJCAA
  • 1995 Men's Basketball - NJCAA Division 2
  • 2005 Football - NJCAA National Championship Game
  • 2006 Baseball - NJCAA Division 2

Baseball[edit]

GRCC Baseball - NJCAA Division II World Series Appearances:

  • 1993
  • 1996 - National Champion
  • 1997 - National Champion
  • 2001
  • 2003 - National Champion
  • 2004 - National Champion
  • 2005 - National Champion
  • 2006 - National Runner-up
  • 2012 - 10th place finish
  • 2013 - 8th place finish

GRCC Baseball - NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame:

  • Tom Hofmann, Coach

GRCC Baseball - Players in Major League Baseball:

  • Mickey Stanley, 1964–1978
  • Rick Kreuger, 1975–1978
  • Dave Rozema, 1977–1986

Football[edit]

GRCC Football - NJCAA Football Hall of Fame:

  • Gordon Hunsberger, Coach
  • Fred Julian, Coach

GRCC Football - NJCAA Football Coaches - All-time Wins:

  • 16th - Fred Julian, Grand Rapids Community College - 18 seasons - 139-48-2

GRCC Football - Players in National Football League:

  • Bob Lurtsema, 1967–1977
  • Carl Powell, 1997–2005

GRCC Football - NJCAA Football Coaches Association Final Poll (68 NJCAA football members in 2006):

  • 2002 - 8th
  • 2004 - 10th
  • 2005 - 4th - National Champion - Non-scholarship Team
  • 2006 - 13th
  • 2009 - 6th - National Champion - Non-scholarship Team
  • 2011 - 4th

GRCC Football - Yearly Records:

  • 1919 2-3-1
  • 1926 3-1-1
  • 1928 5-1
  • 1940 7-0
  • 1951 3-3
  • 1957 7-0
  • 1975 7-1-1
  • 1976 4-5
  • 1977 6-3
  • 1978 6-3
  • 1986 10-1
  • 1987 8-3
  • 1988 10-1
  • 1989 7-3
  • 1990 10-1
  • 1992 10-1
  • 1996 8-2
  • 1998 10-1 (Loss was due to forfeit)
  • 2000 6-4 (2 losses due to forfeits)
  • 2001 7-3
  • 2002 8-2
  • 2004 9-2
  • 2005 9-2
  • 2006 8-3
  • 2009 9-2
  • 2010 10-2
  • 2011 11-0
  • The football program has been discontinued as of January 2012.

GRCC Football - Bowl Games:

1956 NJCAA Championship, Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Coffeyville Community College 46, GRJC 6

1968 Wool Bowl, Roswell, N.M.

  • GRJC 24, Henderson Junior College, Texas 0

1970 Wool Bowl, Roswell, N.M.

  • Navarro College 21, GRJC 0

1986 Texas Junior College Shrine Bowl

  • GRJC 23, Tyler Junior College 17

1987 East Bowl

  • Lees-McRae College 20, GRJC 13

1988 Valley of the Sun Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. (National Championship Game)

  • Glendale Community College, Ariz. 15, GRJC 2

1990 Mickinnon Travel Midwest Bowl

  • GRJC 20, College of DuPage 0

1992 Dixie Rotary Bowl, St. George, Utah

  • GRCC 42, Snow College 35

1996 Dixie Rotary Bowl, St. George, Utah

  • Dixie State College of Utah 34, GRCC 16

2002 Graphic Edge/Siglar Printing Bowl, Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • GRCC 12, Iowa Central Community College 6 (OT)

2004 Dixie Rotary Bowl, St. George, Utah

  • Dixie State College of Utah 27, GRCC 20

2005 Valley of the Sun Bowl, Glendale, Ariz. (National Championship Game)

  • Glendale Community College, Ariz. 50, GRCC 48

2006 Graphic Edge/Siglar Printing Bowl, Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • GRCC 24, North Iowa Area Community College 6
  • Defensive Player of the Game, Shawn Sullivan GRCC

2009 Zions Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Snow College, Utah 41, GRCC 37

GRCC Football - Conference Championships:

  • 2000 - North Central Community College Conference
  • 2009 - Midwest Football Conference - East
  • 2011 - Midwest Football Conference - East

Other sports[edit]

GRCC Swimming and Diving - NJCAA Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame:

  • Spyke Johnson

GRCC Women's Tennis - NJCAA Women's Tennis Hall of Fame:

  • Sue Katerburg
  • Skip Nelson

GRCC Wrestling - NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame:

  • Emile Caprara, Coach
  • John Selmon
  • Charles Wells

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