On June 5, Grand Rapids Community College was confirmed to receive $50,000 grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.
“This is the third year in a row that we have received the grant,” said Julie Parks, executive director of Workforce Development. “The first year was $30,000 followed by $45,000 and then $50,000 this year so we’re doing pretty good!’’
The grant is meant to help create more health care career opportunities for minorities. The money from the grant will be used to fund more health care programs that are offered by GRCC.
The grant will also fund a 10-day “Health Care Scrubs Camp” for Grand Rapids Public School students who want to get involved in the health care programs.
High school juniors and seniors will learn in the simulation labs at GRCC, work in a decontamination unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, participate in a culinary medicine workshop at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and take part in a disaster drill.
“GRCC will also be conducting community outreach sessions with the neighborhood and nonprofit groups to unemployed adults with information about health care career opportunities,” Parks said.
The list of West Michigan Healthcare employers and organizations that GRCC will be working with include:
Mercy Health St. Mary’s
The Urban League of Greater Grand Rapids
West Michigan Hispanic Center
The Literacy Center of West Michigan
The administration is planning for a positive outcome and still discussing dates and times for the camp.