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GRCC’s free summer Bridges to College – Raider Ready program helps recent high school grads prepare for success in college - and beyond

March 28, 2023, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A free Grand Rapids Community College summer program for graduating high school seniors is aimed at boosting foundational math and reading skills, and preparing them for success.

Bridges to College - Raider Ready will be offered between June 5 and August 11 at both the Main Campus in Grand Rapids and the GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland Township.

The program is open to 2022 and 2023 high school graduates from Kent County and Ottawa County who are planning to attend any college in the fall.

Students will get a $500 stipend based on participation and attendance, and will get a free laptop to use for as long as they are enrolled at GRCC and Wi-Fi hotspots for use during the summer program.

“We want students to start college successfully, then continue building on that foundation all the way to a degree,” said David Selmon, GRCC’s Dean of Strategic Outreach. “We’ll focus on academics, but also help students transition to college and also explore careers. This is a great example of GRCC serving students, but also our greater community.”

The program focuses on boosting reading, writing, and math skills. Students also will work with college navigators to prepare for their higher education experience in the fall. They’ll meet with advisers, learn about financial aid opportunities, and gain career readiness skills.

The program takes place during the morning to early afternoon hours during each session, allowing students to continue working at summer jobs and activities.  

It also includes breakfast each morning and lunch for the field trips. Bus passes (Wave Card) are available for transportation to and from GRCC during the program.

Information is available at, by email at and by calling (616) 234-3388.