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Community college expands summer program
Grand Rapids Community College will offer academic and career prepping opportunities for more high school students.
Through its growing partnership with the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, GRCC’s summer Cruisin’ to College and Career Success 2020 program will grow to include 100 high school sophomores who primarily attend Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee, Kentwood, Kelloggsville, Godwin Heights and Wyoming public schools.
“This is a successful program focused on building a college-going culture,” said GRCC Associate Dean of K-12 Enrollment David Selmon, who oversees the program. “We want students to be inspired and realize the opportunities available to them. They’ll be able to experience college and careers and become familiar with the resources that can help them reach their goals.”
The program will offer students the opportunity to meet employers from the manufacturing, health care, energy, finance, construction and information technology industries. They also will learn employable skills, such as writing and interviewing skills.
GRCC’s Student Affairs and Workforce Training departments will work with students to match them with job-shadowing experiences.
Through GRCC’s Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces program, students will be able to work with professional tutors in traditional college settings to build skills that will help them be successful when they return to classes in the fall.
“We are excited to deepen our collaboration with GRCC to provide this outstanding summer opportunity for students in our community,” said Luis Lugo, director of community initiatives for the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation. “Cruisin’ to College offers students robust career exploration, rigorous work-based learning and targeted math instruction. We believe these are essential elements in helping our young people advance their learning and uncover how their interests can lead to rewarding careers.”