Introducing CECI

The College of Education and Community Innovation (CECI, pronounced chech-ee) is the first academic college in the nation to unite the transformative power of education, social work, criminology, philanthropy, and legal studies with the community engagement of hospitality, health, nonprofit, and public management and policy.  We are dedicated to developing well-rounded and high-quality administrators, educators, social workers, paralegals, peace officers, counselors, community organizers, and civil servants through active, experiential and community-based learning. Our multidisciplinary environment will incubate innovative approaches to building healthy communities, promoting equity and social responsibility, and providing quality research and data.

Our name includes “education” in recognition of Grand Valley’s long-term commitment to teacher education which began in 1964. “Education” also indicates shared values and practices present in all programs in our new college: interaction of theory and practice, field studies and internships, learning relevancy, and the personalized attention needed for our students to become leaders in their fields, organizations, and communities.

Our name includes “community innovation” in recognition of the long-term commitment of our programs to improve our communities. In the two years prior to our merger, students, faculty, and staff in our component programs engaged with over 500 public, nonprofit, and business organizations. We approach community issues with a combination of critical, creative, reflective, and visionary thinking balanced with an ability to collaborate with our partners.

Taken together, “education” and “community innovation” is a reminder of our commitment to develop and foster opportunities that expand access and remove barriers which prevent people from achieving their educational and career goals. These barriers are overcome in several ways. We are committed to supporting alternative delivery modes, evening, and weekend courses, non-credit courses, summer courses, study abroad opportunities, micro-credentials, and dual degree programs. We offer exceptional academic advising and field placement opportunities. Our faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters have contributed to many field-specific student scholarship funds. The student demographics of many of our programs indicates unusually strong participation from BIPOC, first-generation, career advancing, career changing, part-time, and out-of-state students. This diversity creates a rich and supportive learning environment for students from many backgrounds. 


Events

GVSU CAREER FAIR PREP EVENT

September 27, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Nervous about attending the GVSU Virtual Career & Internship Fair? Never attended a virtual fair before? Not sure what to expect? Join GVSU Career Center staff as we go over the Handshake Virtual...

CAREER FAIR PITCH PREP

September 28, 2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Career Fairs, whether in-person or virtual, can be quite nerve-wracking. Preparation is key! Join us for a session on crafting your virtual introduction/elevator pitch. Taking a few minutes to craft...

MSW Virtual Information Session

September 29, 2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sessions are for potential applicants interested in more information regarding the Masters of Social Work program. No prearranged appointment is necessary.  Please join us!  

MSW Virtual Information Session

September 29, 2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sessions are for potential applicants interested in more information regarding the Masters of Social Work program. No prearranged appointment is necessary.  Please join us!  

RESUME REVIEW DAY WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

October 1, 2021 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by industry professionals! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate your...

JCPENNEY SUIT UP GRANDVILLE & VIRTUAL

October 3, 2021 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In-Person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown Crossings Mall on October 3rd from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and receive an EXTRA 30% off on top of pre-existing discounts. Get prepared for internships, interviews,...

VIRTUAL GVSU FALL CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR 2021

October 7, 2021 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Meet with employers looking to hire for internship and full-time opportunities, and/or explore careers! Virtual career fairs are online 'events' that allow employers and students to meet in...

VIRTUAL PRACTICE INTERVIEWS

October 12, 2021 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Students will have the chance to practice answering sample virtual interview questions from professionals who hire college students and graduates, and can give great advice to help improve your interviewing...

MSW Virtual Information Session

October 27, 2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sessions are for potential applicants interested in more information regarding the Masters of Social Work program. No prearranged appointment is necessary.  Please join us!  

MSW Virtual Information Session

October 27, 2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Sessions are for potential applicants interested in more information regarding the Masters of Social Work program. No prearranged appointment is necessary.  Please join us!  

9th Annual Teach-in, entitled Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues

November 10, 2021 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for the 9th Annual Teach-in, entitled Power, Privilege and Difficult Dialogues! The Teach-in is intended for the purpose of mutual education among students, faculty and staff of...

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