Community Engagement

Welcome to the College of Community and Public Service.  The mission, vision and values of our college are centered around a culture of engagement where we encourage students to ‘find their fit’ in careers and educational opportunities that serve community-based stakeholders (public servants, community and social justice advocates, nonprofit leaders to name a few).  Our faculty and staff are committed to aligning their teaching, service and scholarship activities around multiple themes of engaging, enriching and enhancing our students and community partners’ development through high-impact learning practices.  If you have a desire to pursue a rewarding career working within your community, we may just have the right major or graduate program for you.  For more information contact:

Learn how CCPS students Engage. Enrich. Enhance. their lives and those in their communities.

The Laker Effect Map (left) showcases where this impact is happening based on the actual locations that GVSU faculty and staff maintain important partnerships and relationships in the communities we serve.

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Community engagement within our communities

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Discover five rewarding majors that engage in the community

Heartside Gleaning Initiative

Heartside Gleaning Initiative

Robert Howard, '12
Masters of Criminal Justice Student

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Consider joining the 47th class of GVSU's Police Academy for 2021

The Grand Valley State University Police Academy educates and trains police recruits so they graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to begin a successful career in law enforcement. Grand Valley is known as a leader in the state for police academy training and has been setting the bar for law enforcement for over 40 years. Two 15-week sessions will be held in the Summer and Fall of 2021. Admission is highly competitive and enrollment is limited.

The GVSU Police Academy offers an accelerated, 8-week, basic military police training program for qualifying MP veterans interested in transitioning to civilian policing. This program will be offered in the Summer of 2021.

GVSU Police Academy 2020

The GVSU Police Academy's 2020 class.

  • Established in 1974
  • Conducted on the Allendale campus  
  • GVSU Police Academy graduates to date = 1,261
  • Instructional & support staff = 65 (95% active / former law enforcement)
  • Length of program = 15 weeks
  • MCOLES mandatory curriculum = 594 hrs. (GVSU enhanced to 669 hrs.)
  • GVSU academic credit hours earned = 15 hrs. (CJ 415, 416, 417, 418, & 419)
  • Program completion rate = 97%*
  • Licensing exam pass rate = 99%*
  • Employment rate = 95.4%**

*5-year average (2016-2020)  **5-year average (2015-2019, 2020 data not available)

For more information, see the Police Academy web site or contact Williamson Wallace at (616) 331-8515 or

Our Success Stories

Grand Rapids City Police Officer Blake Walton (2019) talks about his experience in the GVSU Academy.

Sergeant Joy Mathews (2006) of the Kent County Sheriff's Department talks about her GVSU Police Academy experience.

Grand Rapids City Police Officer Juan Escamilla (2020) talks about his academy experience.

Grand Rapids City Police Officer Jesse Flores (2019) talks about his academy experience.

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The university's most engaged Advising Center wants to help you!

CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center Staff

CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center Staff

Here are just some of the ways the staff in the Advising Center can help you achieve your degree goals:

  • Degree Planning
  • Goal Setting
  • Outreach & Support
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Referrals

Listen how our advising staff, faculty mentors, and internships coordinators can assist you in your educational career and goals.

Contact the CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center to learn how you can get started -, to schedule an 331-6890

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