Grand Rapids Community College and Spectrum Health will be presenting a new scholarship to its first batch of 96 healthcare students today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
GRCC and Spectrum created the Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship in 2016 to help and encourage students who are interested in health sciences and health careers.
The students who will be honored today are GRCC sophomores working toward an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs.
The total scholarships awarded will amount to almost $350,000 with individual scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $4,000.
“Spectrum Health is committed to supporting scholars at GRCC and to helping them secure employment after graduation,” stated Richard C. Breon, president and CEO of Spectrum Health in the press release. “Our partnership with GRCC helps strengthen the economic health of our region and ensures we have a pipeline of skilled health care workers for the future.”
According to GRCC President, Bill Pink, the scholarships will allow students to get crucial training in a high-demand area.
“Not only are we listening to employers and providing education to fill the skills gap, but we are listening to our students and eliminating barriers to their success, whether that is through advising and career exploration, tutoring and academic support, or through financial assistance,” he stated in the press release. “I am always communicating the message of GRCC staying relevant and responsive to our community and students, and this effort definitely fits that mold.”
Spectrum Health has been a long-time partner with GRCC and has helped design many other programs like the accredited medical assistant apprenticeship, standardized community health worker training, job shadowing and internships and Alpha Beta Omega (ΑBO).
The event will be held in rooms 120 – 124 in the Applied Technology Center. Attendees can park in the Bostwick parking ramp and will be given a free parking voucher.