School News Network feature: GRCC’s new Kenowa Hills middle college partnership expands access to a college education

Professor Amy Bowling teaching her Monday morning class at Kenowa Hills High School.

A School news Network feature — Grand Rapids Community College professor Amy Bowling began her Monday morning class at Kenowa Hills High School by requesting help from her students.

“I need you guys to teach me how to set goals,” she said.

Sophomore Clayton Gilbert sounded surprised: “You don’t know how to set goals? You’re the teacher.”

“The best way to learn is to teach somebody else,” the college professor responded.

Although they’re still sophomores in high school, Bowling’s 24 students are dual-enrolled in high school and college. It’s called the middle college program, a new partnership between Kenowa Hills and Grand Rapids Community College.

The Kenowa Hills middle college program is the latest for GRCC. The college also partners with Wyoming, Cedar Springs, East Kentwood, Ottawa Hills High Schools with an associate of Arts degree program; Kent Intermediate School District with an associate of applied arts and sciences – mechanical design program; and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and local business partners with a certificate of industrial maintenance or tooling and manufacturing.

To help their professor with her request, the Gilbert used the DAPPS process (dated, achievable, personal, positive, specific) to offer suggestions for goal-setting.  

Chloe Dykhouse advised Bowling to break her project into parts and set aside time to work on it each day.

“Plan a date to have it done, because having it done on the day it’s due is not very convenient,” Melody Dibble suggested.

“Having something to motivate you helps you look forward to achieving your goals,” Ray McGaran added.

As they worked, Bowling reminded her students that setting and prioritizing goals is a balancing act.

In life, “you’re going to have simultaneous dreams and goals,” she told them. “We’re in college now; that’s the level we’re at.”

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How to run an academic advisement report- changes coming at the end of October

My Degree Path will no longer be available to staff and faculty once October 2021 ends. Academic Advisement, known to students as Academic Progress will be the degree audit tool used moving forward. Academic advisement includes degree plans beginning in the 2017-2018 academic catalog.

The good news is that academic advisement/academic progress is available now!

So… how do you locate academic advisement and run a report?

If you are teaching a class and you are advising students you can request access to academic advisement through your faculty center in your online center tile.

Run a WHIF report type to view a “what if” degree audit with an academic program different from what a student is declared in.

Run an ADVIP report type to view the real-time degree audit for a student’s declared academic program.

If you are staff or faculty that requires access to academic advisement for your work but are not teaching classes you can access it in PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (

Navigating to academic advisement in the CWIS:

From the Navigation Bar: Academic Advisement>Student Advisement>Request Advisement Report

Requests for access to the report may be emailed to

Requests for individual training may be submitted here.

A CTE training session was held on October 20 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you couldn’t attend, it has been recorded and made available through CTE.

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Kenowa Hills — Grand Rapids Community College professor Amy Bowling began her Monday morning class at Kenowa Hills High School by requesting help from her students.

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