GRCC’s 100th anniversary book, Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College 1914-2014, is now available for purchase via mail order, and at GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons Circulation Desk.
One hundred years of GRCC’s distinct history is presented in 10 full-color chapters, each highlighting significant events and people who contributed to the college’s inception, growth and success. An extensive timeline and sidebar story accents each chapter. Several appendices of boards, award recipients, program accreditation and full-time employees, along with a bibliography and index, complete this book.
The book was researched, written and produced by current and former employees. Author Walt Lockwood, a retired GRCC English professor, interviewed dozens of GRCC/GRJC retirees over the last year while conducting research with Mike Klawitter, GRCC reference librarian/archivist. Mike, who managed the project, also provided the archived images, timeline and half of the sidebar stories. As each chapter was completed, it was passed to Jan Ensing, GRCC graphic designer, who provided the layout and design. Mike and Jan each relied on their co-workers and colleagues from across campus to assist in bringing this huge undertaking to completion.
Copies of the book that are pre-signed by Walt are also available. The cost is $40, including tax; cash, check, credit cards and RaiderCard will be accepted for payment. Shipping & handling is additional per copy ordered online and mailed to Michigan (add $6.95) and other US addresses (add $9.95).