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GRCC receives $1.2 million grant from U.S. Education Department to aid in the success of adult learners

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By Angelina Jahn

Grand Rapids Community College was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the United States Department of Education, which will be used to create the TRIO Educational Opportunities Center. 

“GRCC has a strong history of securing federal grants… Our institution’s grant department works actively to research grants they believe would be a true benefit for GRCC,” said GRCC President Bill Pink.

According to GRCC’s Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Ann Isackson, who will be directing this new program, the center will be focused on assisting adult GRCC students through their college journey, particularly those that are at a disadvantage.

“Grand Rapids Community College will use this grant to create an Educational Opportunities Center to help adult learners in our community enter or return to college.” Isackson said. “We will offer a variety of services to adult learners, including first-generation college students and those who are unemployed or working in low-wage jobs.” 

“The Educational Opportunities Center will provide academic and personal counseling, tutoring services, career and financial aid/literacy workshops, and assistance with completing college application and admissions processes. This will help community members gain the credentials and skills necessary to achieve their personal education and career goals, as well as to meet the needs of area employers,” Isackson continued.

GRCC administrators plan to use the grant funding to help more students who may have encountered barriers to get on a path toward college degrees.

“Our school does everything it can to serve as a touchpoint for individuals that struggle with getting back into school, and this grant helps tremendously in that effort,” stated Pink.

Questions regarding this program can be directed to Trio Student Support Services by phone at (616) 234-4150 or by email at triosss@grc.edu.


Collegiate Editor-in-Chief Anthony Clark Jr. contributed to this report. 

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