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GRCC’s Bridges to College – Raider Ready Program Adding $500 Stipend For Students Attending Free College Prep Sessions

Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall (Breegan Petruska/The Collegiate)

By Aspen Strauss

On May 19, Grand Rapids Community College announced it is expanding the free summer college prep program to include $500 stipends for students who meet attendance goals.

The Bridges to College – Raider Ready summer program is available for graduating high school seniors to help increase their knowledge on subjects such as math, reading and writing skills, before they attend a higher education such as GRCC or another institution.

So far more than 100 students have taken advantage of the program offered and now it will be available in two sessions in both Kent and Ottawa counties. GRCC will also be providing all of the students participating with laptops and WiFi hotspots for them to use during the program for as long as they are enrolled at GRCC.

With the rise of interest in the new program, GRCC has said that this will predominantly be offered here at the GRCC Main Campus and the GRCC Lakeshore Campus in the Midtown Center, but some parts of the session will be available for students to take online.

David Selmon, GRCC’s associate dean of Student Affairs stated in a press release, “It’s important for students to start college prepared so they can be successful, and Bridges to College – Raider Ready will help with those foundational skills.”

The sessions have been scheduled for mornings Monday through Thursday. This will allow students to maneuver around their summer work schedules and other responsibilities or activities. With the $500 stipend, it is intended to help offset any lost earning opportunities or cover expenses. The college also will provide breakfast and bus passes.

Students will also get the opportunity to work with college navigators during this program to help prepare them for their higher education experience.

The first session is planned to run from June 8 to July 6, and the second from July 12 to Aug. 12. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The program is open to all high school graduates of the class of 2020 – 2021 who are planning on attending a college in the fall.

Selmon said that the program is part of GRCC’s service to the greater community, and an effort to help students who might have struggled academically during the pandemic.

Registration and information is available at grcc.edu/bridgestocollege, email at bridgestocollege@grcc.edu, by phone at (616) 234-3388 and by text at (616) 404-4634.

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