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.