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Press release: Free Fast Track program saves students time, money

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

616-234-4213

lnixon@grcc.edu

 

May 21, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College wants to help students get on the Fast Track to college success with a free summer program.

“Students who go through the free Fast Track program are ready to jump into college-level work in the fall,” said Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, associate director of GRCC’s College Success Center. “They’ve worked hard and built a great foundation for the next big step in their lives.”

GRCC’s Fast Track program is targeted to incoming students who have academic potential but need further instruction in reading, writing and math to be college-ready. The intensive, three-week Fast Track program will strengthen their skills so they can bypass remedial courses and be ready to start regular college courses in the fall – saving students time and money.

Last summer, the college ran a pilot program and 179 of the 233 students recruited completed the Fast Track program — a 77 percent completion rate.

“Fast Track was a great way to meet new students who are like you, so when you come to school for the fall, it’s easier to get a feel for the environment," said Trisha Domeier, who went through the program last summer. "Getting a success coach really helped me progress as a student.

“I’m the first child in my family who’s going to college, so my family and I didn’t really know how college finances and such works. I went to my coach and she helped me set up appointments and gave me great advice about college. Fast Track is a great program GRCC has to offer. It made me into a better student and helped me know that I can be successful.”

Summer 2012 Fast Track student Zachary Adrianse credits his professional tutor for teaching him a few new things. “Even though I struggled sometimes, finishing and passing that class was very important to me. College is tough, but hopefully everything goes as planned,” he told his tutor in a thank-you letter.

“I am proud of the lab coordinators who developed the curriculum for Fast Track and train/support their tutors,” said Yumiko Watanabe, director of learning assistance in the Academic Support Center. “We are also indebted to the dedicated coaches and tutors who lead the sessions and build rapport with the students through the program.”

GRCC is offering three sessions this summer: June 10 through 27, July 8 through 25, and July 29 through Aug. 15. Space is limited. For more information, call (616) 234-2312 or register online at www.grcc.edu/fasttrack.

Any student enrolling in GRCC for the first time (and who hasn’t previously been enrolled in any other college or university) is eligible if they have the following ACCUPLACER scores:

  • English = 4.
  • Math (algebra score) = 60-76.
  • Reading = 60-70.

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.