GRCC In the News, 8-6-16

Alternative ed students no longer saddled with electives to graduate

Aug. 6, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Public Schools doubled the number of alternative education students it was able to graduate in four years after eliminating credits beyond the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements.

… Alternative education students are in four programs: The Grand Rapids Learning Center, a college preparatory high school completion program in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, Southeast Career Pathways and programs through Bethany Christian Services and at the Kent County Correctional Facility.

… “This is very heartening and I know it comes from an approach of deep responsibility and care for the outcome of these students,” said school board member Wendy Falb, who said she was appreciative of GRCC’s partnership and how they are helping students transition into higher education after receiving their diploma.