GRCC In the News, 1-14-20

Grand Rapids Graduates Get Free Tuition at Community College

Jan. 13, 2020; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (AP) — Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship covers tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and attend a local high school for at least three years.

Grand Rapids Promise Zone ‘life-changing’ for students, $500K in scholarships available

Jan. 13, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Big news is afoot for students in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority Board of Directors met Monday, Jan. 13 and approved the development plan of a scholarship program that will allow students to earn certificates, or even an associates degree, for free at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Grand Rapids high school students to receive free college tuition

Jan. 13, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Students from 22 Grand Rapids public, charter and private high schools will be able to attend college for free.

Approved today, the Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship will start in 2020 and offer two years of free tuition for associate degrees, job training and certification programs at Grand Rapids Community College.

Tuition-free college approved for Grand Rapids students

Jan. 13, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Students who live in Grand Rapids and graduate from a high school within the city limits are on track to start getting free college tuition, starting with the Class of 2020.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority Board of Directors signed off on a plan Monday, Jan. 13 that would give students a chance to have up to 60 credit hours – or two years – paid for at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Grand Rapids offers free community college to city’s high school graduates

Jan. 13, 2020; The Detroit Free Press

Free community college is coming to Grand Rapids.

A new program that will pay for a free associate’s degree at Grand Rapids Community College for all students graduating from a high school in the city was unveiled by city leaders Monday.

GRCC will now be free for students in Grand Rapids

Jan. 13, 2020; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS — A scholarship being set up as a partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College will allow students graduating in the district to attend the community college for free.

Grand Rapids students could get free tuition for city’s community college this year

Jan. 13, 2020; Michigan Radio

Students who live and go to school in the city of Grand Rapids could soon be eligible to get tuition covered at Grand Rapids Community College.

Michigan News Digest

Jan. 13, 2020; 9and10news.com

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

… GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday.

Grand Rapids Students Could Get Free College Starting in 2020

Jan. 13, 2020; WFGR

A new scholarship will enable Grand Rapids High School students to get two years free at Grand Rapids Community College.

Leaders approve plans for GR promise scholarship

Jan. 13, 2020; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids area high school students will soon have the chance to go to Grand Rapids Community College tuition free. It’s part of the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship.

Grand Rapids graduates get free tuition at community college

Jan. 13, 2020; The Detroit News

Grand Rapids – Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship covers tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and attend a local high school for at least three years.

GRCC becomes free for Grand Rapids students

Jan. 13, 2020; mibiz.com

Students who attend high school in Grand Rapids will soon be able to continue their education for free at Grand Rapids Community College.

Free tuition to GRCC for GR high schoolers a “game-changer”

Jan. 13, 2020; WGVU

In what education officials are calling a “game changer,” Grand Rapids Community College announced Monday that students who live and attend a high school within the city limits will receive free tuition. As part of an effort to ensure that every high schooler in the city has the chance to attend college, education officials on Monday launched the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship, which provides students the opportunity to attend Grand Rapids Community College and earn an Associate Degree or get certification training…free of charge.

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How you can help students with food, housing, funding insecurity

Hello, GRCC community! 
 
On behalf of CAP 3.3, we would like to thank you for engaging in the conversation about student food, housing and funding insecuring during Learning Day. We hope you found Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab’s keynote engaging and insightful. The slides from Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s presentation can be found here.

Do GRCC students face some of the issues Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab spoke about?

YES! In the 2016 Wisconsin Hope Lab survey completed by 428 GRCC students we found the following:

  • 45% of GRCC students scored in “low security” or “very low security” for food

    • In the past 30 days, they met two of the following: couldn’t afford balanced meals, food bought didn’t last, they cut the size of or skipped a meal, they were hungry but didn’t eat a meal

  • 36% of GRCC students scored in “low security” or “very low security” for housing

    • In the past 12 months, they met two of the following: didn’t pay full amount for utilities, didn’t pay full amount of rent/mortgage, moved two or more times, moved in with others, doubled up

  • 9% of GRCC students were homeless at least one night in the past year

To learn more, please view the keynote and Q+A breakout session from Learning Day.

So, what can you do?

  • Ask students how they’re doing! Get to know them so that they feel safe coming to you when they are dealing with an issue that impedes their ability to be successful.

  • Be aware of and connect them with resources through the GRCC Get Help page

    • Don’t be afraid to offer that additional help! Sit with them and look through the resources/support together

  • Help a student who expresses food, housing or funding insecurity by connecting them with resources through Early Alert. 

  • Submit ideas for the CAP team and be ready to volunteer to support your ideas!

  • Make donations to student food and snack pantries across campus

  • Join the Learning Circle – “Paying the Price” book discussion hosted by CTE which starts January 23 from 3:30 – 4:40 p.m. in RJF Hall 240. Contact Chris Remley (christopherremley@grcc.edu) to sign up!

Thank you! 

Lina Blair, Sandy Gregory and Holly Christopher
CAP 3.3 Co-Champions