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College wins grant from foundation

July 6, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC, founded in 1914, offers degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes in Kent and Ottawa counties.

A local college has received a grant from the foundation of a global financial company to create health care career opportunities for minorities.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation gifted Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC, the $50,000 grant.

The grant is intended to help GRCC’s Workforce Training program fill open positions at health care organizations in the area.

Organizations working with GRCC through the grant include Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Spectrum Health, The Urban League of Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan Hispanic Center and the Literacy Center of West Michigan.

“The goal is to work with industry partners to increase opportunities for minority community members to enter health care careers and advance from entry-level positions to middle-skill or higher-level health care jobs," said Julie Parks, executive director of Workforce Training, GRCC.

The grant will fund a 10-day Health Care Scrubs Camp for Grand Rapids Public Schools high school juniors and seniors.

The camp will include simulation labs, a decontamination unit, culinary medicine and a disaster drill, as well as medical facility tours and speaking engagements with minority leaders in the health care field.

Unemployed and underemployed adults from the community will also be reached with the grant through community outreach sessions with information about health care careers.

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