East Kentwood joins GRCC’s Middle College program

East Kentwood joins GRCC’s Middle College program

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GRCC President and East Kentwood Superintendent celebrate after signing the agreement. - Rachael Yadlowsky

Today East Kentwood High School joined Grand Rapids Community College’s list of Middle College partners.

GRCC President Bill Pink and East Kentwood Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff signed an approval of the agreement during the Kentwood School Board meeting.

“We’re honored to be here tonight and we are proud to be able to sign and get this agreement done and off the ground so that we can save students a whole lot of money,” Pink said.

After Pink spoke, he and Zoerhoff signed the letter of intent.

“This is a great time,” Zoerhoff said. “Thank you.”

A GRCC English department faculty member also attended to give thanks for the agreement.

“I welcome this opportunity just to say that as a parent, who has sent six children to East Kentwood schools,” Mursalata Muhammad said. “I am very happy in both those parts of my life to see that this partnership is finally coming together.”

Middle College is the 13th year of high school experience that gives students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time.

Students that are involved in the middle college program are “dual-enrolled” in High School and college courses. Tuition and regular semester fees are paid for by the school and students are required to only pay for textbooks.

GRCC has partnered with Wyoming and the second class graduated last year. As well as, Cedar Springs, West Ottawa, Ottawa Hills, the Kent Intermediate School District and others.

“This is important because it gives us (GRCC) another opportunity to show how we are a partner with this community,” Pink said after signing the letter of intent. “And how we engage with the community in West Michigan and how we do our part in being relevant and responsive.”

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