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Number of GRPS grads enrolling at GRCC continues to grow

GRAND RAPIDS, MI: The number of Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College continues to grow, reflecting a strong partnership among educators and efforts to ensure all city students have an opportunity to succeed.

GRCC leaders are aiming to expand opportunities for students of all ages from across the region. But they have worked closely with GRPS Interim Superintendent Ronald Gorman and his team on programs to help students and their families prepare for college.

The number of recent GRPS graduates enrolling in GRCC in fall 2019 increased about 4 percent from fall 2018, with 144 students taking classes – including the valedictorians from Central Innovation and Ottawa Hills high schools. But the number has grown 73 percent since fall 2017, and 121 percent from fall 2016.

GRCC President Bill Pink said he is proud of the college’s partnerships with K-12 districts and intermediate school districts across the region.

“Our community benefits when educators work together to create opportunities,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “We’re proud of our collaboration with GRPS and other district, and also the community organizations supporting us all. Together, we’ve been successful – and we continue to build upon that success.”

GRCC's Early Middle College at Ottawa Hills High School is a 13th-year experience that gives students an opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree. About 50 students are currently in the early middle college program this year, with tuition and fees for the GRCC courses covered by the K-12 district’s state aid.

More than 200 GRPS students enrolled in dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and middle college programs in each of the last two years.

“Our graduation rates have increased by more than 50 percent over the last seven years and more students are enrolling in post-secondary opportunities like GRCC,” GRPS Interim Superintendent Ron Gorman said. “We greatly value our partnership and longstanding history with GRCC and are excited to see the significant increase in our students enrolling there.”

The district and college continue to expand collaborations with the business and philanthropic communities, helping students overcome challenging circumstances and providing opportunities to explore and gain skills for future careers.



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