GRCC adds regional site in Caledonia

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May 16, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Caledonia area residents can take Grand Rapids Community College classes closer to home starting this fall.

GRCC and the Caledonia school district have reached an agreement to offer courses in the former Glenmor High School building, 8948 Kraft Ave. in Caledonia.

"Grand Rapids Community College belongs to all of West Michigan, and we want to make a GRCC education available to as many people as possible," President Bill Pink said. "Our regional sites allow us to bring classes right into the communities we serve, working with our local partners."

Caledonia joins GRCC regional sites in Grandville, Lowell and Rockford.

"We're excited about this partnership," said Dirk Weeldreyer, Caledonia interim superintendent. "Caledonia residents, whether they are recent graduates or older students heading back to school to add to their skills, will have access to classes closer to home and around their busy schedules."

General education courses will be offered at the Glenmor building in the late afternoon and evenings, starting with the fall semester.

"Our regional sites are another way for people to take advantage of what Grand Rapids Community College has to offer," said Dan Clark, GRCC's dean of Academic Outreach. "Our communities grow and thrive when people have the education they need to reach their potential. GRCC is playing an important role in making that happen."

In addition to the regional sites, GRCC works with area school districts through Early/Middle College programs, which allow students to take college classes while still in high school. Early/Middle College programs are Wyoming High School, Cedar Springs High School and Ottawa Hills High School through partnerships with the Kent Intermediate School District. A partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District allows high school students to participate in internships with area businesses.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.