Grand Rapids Community College partnered with Grand Rapids Public Library and the AT&T Foundation to create a learning hub that provides computers,Wi-Fi, bus passes and more for students struggling to find access to these resources.
The AT&T Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to the GRPL Seymour branch to assist in the efforts to provide the necessary services and resources to underserved GRCC students and Grand Rapids community members.
“The Seymour Learning Hub is a fantastic example of strong community partnerships coming together to help our students,” stated GRCC Communications Director Dave Murray. “The AT&T Foundation has focused on helping students, including a $10,000 scholarship earlier this year. The AT&T Aspire program created scholarships to benefit 10 low-income… first-generation college students.”
GRCC tutors are available on-site to assist students with reading, writing and research skills. Students can also use the branch’s computers and wifi to access online GRCC tutoring services, and receive help with enrollment, financial aid and placement test questions.
“AT&T was open to other opportunities to support our students, and wanted to help eliminate obstacles to success,” Murray stated. “The Seymour Learning Hub is an opportunity to address several challenges. Associate Dean David Selmon has worked to create a program that is effective and makes great use of AT&T’s generous grant. This is a pilot program, and we have not determined how it might expand at this point.”
The learning hub is open Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Seymour branch is located on 2350 Eastern Ave SE. More information about the library’s open hours and resources can be found here.