More than 800 students already approved to attend GRCC tuition-free through Michigan Reconnect program

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More than 800 people have already been approved to attend Grand Rapids Community College through the Michigan Reconnect program, a tuition-free pathway to a life-changing college degree or certificate.

GRCC President Bill Pink joined state and West Michigan legislative, education and economic development leaders participating in a virtual event today to share how residents ages 25 and older without a degree can take advantage of the program.

“With 47,000 applications statewide – including 8,000 in West Michigan – we’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive response in the six weeks since Reconnect opened,” said Susan Corbin, acting director for the state Department of Labor and Opportunity. “But we can’t stop there. We all need to do our part by encouraging any adult without a degree to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Pink said the state scholarship is ideal for people who needed to put their education on hold, especially during the pandemic, or who were unable to start. An associate degree or career-focused certificate can help students move ahead in their work or gain new jobs.

The scholarship removes financial obstacles, and the college is committed to helping students clear other hurdles.

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