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Gov. Whitmer praises GVSU as Pres. Mantella launches accelerated degree program



With Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer by her side, Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella announced a new accelerated program that “will help adults complete their bachelor’s degree online while earning a certification in one of four skill categories as well.

The announcement came Wednesday morning at GVSU’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, where President Mantella outlined the program. Essentially, adults with some college experience will have the opportunity to earn a degree online from the University in 19 months, while earning a certificate in leadership, applied data analytics, project management or global communication with it.

Mantella, in her first year on the job, said the program is indicative of the direction that Grand Valley is heading.

“GVSU, born of a community’s understanding that a local university is a powerful economic engine, and understands the need to embrace what is ‘next’ now,’ Mantella said. “Now is the time to keep prosperity inclusive and our state competitive. We are proud to lead.”

Whitmer praised Mantella for her leadership, and says the new program is in line with an initiative the governor first announced during her recent State of the State address, with the goal of having 60 percent of Michigan adults attaining a post-secondary credential by 2030.

“Our job is to help make sure we level the playing field and create a path for everyone in this state, so President Philly, and Grand Valley State, thank you for taking this bold step,” Whitmer said. “This is what real leadership that improves people’s lives looks like.”

Classes will last six weeks a piece and will be online, however two on-campus Saturday visits are required at a GVSU campus in Grand Rapids, Holland, Traverse City or Detroit. The University has pledged to reimburse the cost of the first course in an effort to encourage adults to enroll in the program and earn their college degree.

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