GRCC merges printing operation ‘like a business’


Grand Rapids Community College’s printing operation offers design, print and mail services via its GRCCePrint electronic storefront. Courtesy GRCC

Two West Michigan educational institutions are collaborating to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent Intermediate School District have announced a consolidation of printing service operations.

The partnership is expected to reduce the cost of printing by combining GRCC and KISD printing services at the community college’s downtown campus, intending to provide better service to all who use the copy services departments. The move became effective July 1.

“In recent years, we've continued to hear from our constituents and their elected representatives that we in the public sector should do more to collaborate and, where we can, operate like a business,” said GRCC President Steven Ender. “I’d like to think this is the type of collaboration they have in mind. This reduces costs for both institutions and increases efficiency at the same time.”

The plan now is to increase the efficiency of the GRCCePrint electronic storefront and develop a courier schedule to provide service transition between GRCC and Kent ISD, according to a GRCC announcement.

Training on the GRCCePrint system will be available for staff and customers and will take place at KISD in the near future.

“Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College have partnered on a wide range of programming over the years,” said Kevin Konarska, KISD superintendent. “We appreciate their willingness to work with us to create a new and more efficient printing option for our staff and our local district customers.”

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