GRCC In the News, 7-9-13

Time is the enemy: Why GRCC is looking to accelerated courses to reduce remedial education

July 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Speed just might be Grand Rapids Community College’s biggest ally as it looks to reduce stubbornly high failure rates in remedial classes.

A new summer program known as Fast Track condenses what used to be semester-long remedial classes into a three-week period, creating an opportunity for students to move directly into college-level courses in the fall.

Colleges, Kent County school districts work to curb number of students in remediation

July 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As colleges struggle to bring low-performing high school graduates to college readiness — in some cases nearly 47 percent of tuition-paying students require remedial courses — local leaders at both levels are working to resolve the problem with a simple but often overlooked approach.

… Gorman during the 2012-13 school year met with provosts from Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State, Davenport and Grand Valley State universities about aligning secondary learning demands to match with higher education expectations.

Database: See how many recent graduates from your district are taking remedial classes at GRCC

July 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Each year, a significant number of high school graduates who attend Grand Rapids Community College must take remedial courses, which don’t count toward graduation and cover concepts students were supposed to learn in high school.

Dig In: Monica’s Gourmet Cookies now available in Kalamazoo grocery stores

July 8, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — When customers walk inside the Harding’s Friendly Market at West Main and Drake, it’s gotten much harder to keep their hands out of the cookie jar.

… “It’s been a whirlwind for me,” said owner Monica Mitidieri, a former caterer and graduate of GRCC’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education. “The last two years have been surreal.”

Change Ups: Gilda’s Club GR selects new president

July 7, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION: Debra Bailey has been elected to the Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees.

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