GRCC student Jerrittea Roseburgh works with a CNC machine at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. Courtesy GRCC
A local college has launched a public effort to raise $3 million.
Grand Rapids Community College has $3 million left to reach its $15-million capital campaign goal.
The GRCC Foundation has raised $12 million toward the goal with donations from community leaders, local businesses, area foundations and GRCC employees.
The campaign will help fund $37.4 million in projects: including $14.7 million to renovate and re-name its nearly 100-year-old main building as Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall; $12 million for a 20,000-foot expansion of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center; and $10.7 million for expanded scholarship investment.
To fund these projects, GRCC previously raised $10 million from lead donor gifts, $6.4 million from the state of Michigan and $6 million from the GRCC Foundation.
About 1,000 GRCC students received scholarships last year, but many more need help, campaign leaders said.
The campaign’s co-chairs are real estate developer Dr. Jim Buzzitta, GRCC board member Deb Bailey and Varnum attorney Larry Murphy.
“The need for scholarship support has never been greater,” Murphy said.
People can donate online.