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Visit Global Accessibility Awareness Day for hundreds of learning opportunities and resources so you can become a practicing advocate for users of all abilities and cognitions.

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GRCC’s Bridges to College – Raider Ready program adding $500 stipend to students attending free college prep sessions

Student using a calculator.

Grand Rapids Community College is expanding a free summer college prep program to include a $500 stipend for students who meet attendance goals.

Bridges to College – Raider Ready is a summer program for graduating high school seniors to help boost math, reading, and writing skills before they attend GRCC or another college.

More than 100 students so far have signed up for the program, which will be offered in two sessions in both Kent and Ottawa counties. GRCC is providing all students with a laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot for use in the program and for as long as they are enrolled at GRCC.

The program will predominantly be offered on the GRCC Main Campus and the GRCC Lakeshore Campus in the Midtown Center. Some parts of the sessions will be offered online.

“It’s important for students to start college prepared so they can be successful, and Bridges to College – Raider Ready will help with those foundational skills,” said David Selmon, GRCC’s associate dean of Student Affairs.

Sessions are scheduled for mornings Monday through Thursday, allowing students time for summer jobs and other responsibilities or activities. The $500 stipend is intended to offset any lost earning opportunities or cover expenses. The college also will provide breakfast and bus passes.

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2021 Van and Marinus Swets Travel Award winners

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2021 Travel Award Winners!

The Foundation was able to award 9 travel awards to employees.

The winning essays were interesting and creative, just as Marinus would have liked. 

Congratulations to:

1st Sue Goeman $400
2cd Mary Johnson – $300
3rd Michelle Allen – $200

Honorable Mention each received $100.

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Jan Colvin
Carrie Magnanti
Michael Schavey
Danelle Sedore
Kaelee Steffens

Thank you to all who submitted essays.  We hope you all enjoy your vacations you have planned.  We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures from their travels or creative ideas. 

We hope to see even more entries next year.