Press release: GRCC helps prepare high school graduates for jobs with Ready Now! for Youth



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications



June 6, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is teaming up with other organizations to give recent Kent County youth, ages 17 to 22, employment skills training — and then a chance to interview for jobs and internships.

GRCC’s Upward Bound program and School of Workforce Development are collaborating with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kent Intermediate School District, Kris Mathis Enterprise, and Express Employment on the Ready Now! for Youth event, June 10 through 13.

More than 100 teens and young adults are expected to go through the employability skills training on June 10 and 11 at the KISD campus. On June 12, they head to Goodwill Industries on Grand Avenue NE to complete their resumes, learn about applications, undergo a mock interview, and research companies. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 13, businesses will interview the participants for jobs and internships.

“This year, hundreds of young people in Kent County will graduate high school fearful and nervous about their next steps,” said Raynard Ross, director of Upward Bound at GRCC.

“In our mission to develop students for post-secondary education, we understand that many of them will need to work while continuing down the educational path. Ready Now for Youth! is a collaborative effort to help a percentage of those graduates be better prepared as they enter this next phase of life. This, in turn, also helps to improve the workforce of our community.”

For more information or to register for the event, contact Goodwill at (616)532-4200, extension 1250. If you are a business that would like to be involved, please contact Chris Glass at the Chamber of Commerce at (616) 771-0311.

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.