West Side Learning Corner Relocates To Meet Demand And Enhance Services

November 27, 2012  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The West Side Learning Corner is taking advantage of an opportunity to grow to meet the rising demand for its GED and ESL programs, and to enhance the services it provides to those students.  Effective July 1, 2013, the program will be located within the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC at 622 Godfrey Ave. SW in Grand Rapids MI.
The West Side Learning Corner has been serving the community for four years and waiting lists for these services have increased significantly in each of those years. Currently, the Learning Corner serves 400 students with an additional 350 students on the waiting list. Dave Selmon, Director of Adult Education at GRCC, anticipates continued growth as the program relocates into the neighborhood where many of its students live.

"We are taking GRCC to the students," said Selmon.  "We'll not only have the ability to serve more students, but we'll partner with faculty & staff already working at the M-TEC to connect with associate degree programs, workforce training, and job training programs to be even more intentional about transitioning these students into programs and training that will lead to jobs."
“Tassell M-TEC will be a great location for this Learning Corner.  With the many partnerships established with employers, Learning Corner students will have the additional benefit of creating a career pathway that includes education, training and jobs,” added George Waite, Director of the Tassell M-TEC.

In addition to an easy transfer to various GRCC academic programs, Learning Corner graduates will have the advantage of experiencing a seamless transition from their ESL and GED courses to the School of Workforce Development programs offered at the M-TEC.

Students will also have on-site access to the Tassell M-TEC Career Advancement Center, a student center which provides enrollment assistance, skill assessment, counseling, financial aid, career coaching, tutoring, and a computer lab. This new student center is open to prospective, current, and past students.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 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.