GRCC teams up with state for Career Jump Start program



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Dec. 13, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College has teamed up with community colleges around the state and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to connect high school students with training opportunities for in-demand careers.

The Career Jump Start program, created in response to feedback received at the Governor’s Economic and Education Summits earlier this year, will address the critical talent gap facing Michigan employers. Through a network of GRCC and other community colleges, Michigan Works! agencies, employers, trade unions and other key organizations, the program will educate high school students about associate degree programs, apprenticeships and other training opportunities for occupations that are in high demand.

“GRCC has a long history of working with community partners and employers to provide crucial training for the workforce,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “This program is an opportunity to expand those efforts and help more high school students learn about exciting career opportunities and the programs that will help them get the skills they need for those jobs.”

GRCC and community colleges in 10 regions around the state will house “career liaison specialists” who will provide resources to high school counselors, administrators, parents and teachers about post-high school training programs that will prepare students for in-demand occupations. Angela Long will serve as GRCC’s career liaison specialist and can be reached by emailing

“Today, too few workers have the skills needed to meet the demands of employers in the new economy," said Gov. Rick Snyder. "One of the most common issues is around the lack of knowledge that high school students have about in-demand careers and training programs. Through the Career Jump Start program, we will encourage students to consider training opportunities that will provide them with critical work skills for those high-demand careers.”

In addition to GRCC, regional career liaisons will be housed at: Alpena Community College, Bay de Noc Community College, Delta College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College and The Workforce Intelligence Network.

To learn more about the Career Jump Start program, click here.

GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation, or have questions about accessibility, please call Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation. On-campus parking is available in the Bostwick parking ramp at the college’s regular rates.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 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 locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.