By Annah Johnson
The United States Department of Labor has developed the Champions program, and Grand Rapids Community College has been selected as one of the 20 colleges in the country to participate.
Being a part of the Labor Department Jobs Corp Scholars program, the offering from GRCC will hopefully highlight any potential room for improvement in the performance of the existing Scholars program.
This free program offers individualized career and workforce development opportunities in the high-demand industries of construction, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, and public works to students who have faced exceptional hurdles in achieving academic success.
Students between the ages of 18 and 24 will be eligible to participate in one of two six-week programs aimed at developing core skills in math, reading, and writing. Participation in the program will also allow students to receive guidance and counseling to explore available career pathways and provide training in employability skills.
Beginning on Feb. 8, 2021, the GRCC M-TEC Champions program will offer unique career-focused programming to not only prepare students for a specific career but teach them essential life skills to employ in their chosen career.
“This program is intended to help students build in-demand skills to help them immediately, but also long into the future,” stated Executive Director of GRCC’s Workforce Training program Julie Parks in a press release. “This will undoubtedly change lives, and we appreciate the support from our community partners and the U.S. Labor Department to make it happen.”
There will only be two sessions of the six-week program offered, with each session accommodating 40 students.
Those interested in participating in the new program are required to register for a virtual meeting for more information. These meetings are to be held at 10 a.m. on Mondays beginning Jan. 11, 2021.
Eligibility requirements, details, and registration can all be found online.