Four Universities to Sign Unprecedented Agreement With GRCC

Students could be granted an earned Associates degree as a result of a new partnership between Grand Rapids Community College and four respected area universities:  Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley State and Western Michigan.

The Reverse Transfer Associate Degree Initiative extends transfer agreements between GRCC and four-year schools so that students with at least 45 credits at the community college could apply retroactively for an Associate Degree by combining credits from their transfer school with the credits from the community college.

A signing of the partnership agreement is set for June 13 at 3:00 p.m.  in the Fifth Floor Board Room of the Main Building at Grand Rapids Community College (Bostwick Avenue, between Lyon and Fountain streets).  

In attendance will be the presidents from all five institutions:

•    Dr. Richard J. Pappas, Davenport University
•    Dr. David L. Eisler, Ferris State University
•    Dr. Steven C. Ender, Grand Rapids Community College
•    Dr. Thomas J. Haas, Grand Valley State University
•    Dr. John M. Dunn, Western Michigan University

Also in attendance will be representatives and board members from Talent 2025, and state elected officials.  In addition, students who stand to benefit from the new agreement will be available for comment.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for nearly 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.