In what education officials are calling a “game changer,” Grand Rapids Community College announced Monday that students who live and attend a high school within the city limits will receive free tuition. As part of an effort to ensure that every high schooler in the city has the chance to attend college, education officials on Monday launched the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship, which provides students the opportunity to attend Grand Rapids Community College and earn an Associate Degree or get certification training…free of charge.

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The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration takes place Monday, Jan. 15.  It honors the life and legacy of King with a community celebration that features Keynote Speaker April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and the premiere of the opera “I DREAM” at Fountain Street Church.

Monday’s celebration is open to the public and is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and for the first time,  Opera Grand Rapids.

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United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was back in town for a tour of Grand Rapids Community College, as simultaneously demonstrators outside protested her education policy. The Secretary is on a nationwide tour of colleges that provide students alternative ways to enter the workforce other than earning a four year degree.   

“There are so many pathways to a higher education, and Grand Rapids Community College really embodies the best of these opportunities for students,” DeVos said.  

Phantom Boy

Oct 26, 2016

GRCC and GVSU are staging a festival of French films. One such film, Phantom Boy. We speak with the Director Alain Gagnol with translator Professor Dan Golembeski.

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In 'Beer City,' a 'Beer School' opens for students – and business – this year. 

"This was a response to the industry."

Bill Pink is the dean and vice president of the school of workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

"We had industry partners – some of the local breweries that said we really would like to see this. The curriculum that we’ve developed was also sent back out to them to say, 'OK, is this what you need?'"