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Bridges to College – Raider Ready

A free 7-week in person summer program to help graduating high school seniors prepare for college.

Bridges to College - Raider Ready is open to high school graduates who are planning to attend any college in the fall. Students will have access to laptops while they are in the program.

Seats are limited, and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bridges to College - Raider Ready is focused on student learning through:

  • Supporting reading, writing and math skills.
  • A hybrid model of instruction that includes online and in-person learning.
  • Activities to get students ready to become a GRCC Raider, and help them build a sense of belonging at Grand Rapids Community College.

Students 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.

GRCC will provide:

  • All of the learning materials.
  • A FREE Laptop and $500 stipend based on attendance and participation. 
  • Breakfast each day and lunch on field trip days such Michigan Adventures.
  • Student engagement activities, resources information and college navigation. 
  • Bus passes (Wave Cards) for transportation to and from GRCC during the program.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Fill out the Bridges to College - Raider Ready Interest Form. A program coordinator or manager will then contact you to provide more information.
  2. Attend an information session and schedule your placement test. In-person or virtual options will be available.
  3. Participate Bridges to College - Raider Ready orientation.

Program Date & Calendar  

Bridges to College - Raider Ready will be offered this summer at the GRCC Main Campus in Grand Rapids, and at the GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland.

Session are planned for June 10 through August 9, 2024 for both locations. Sessions and most activities are held in the morning, leaving time for summer jobs and activities.

TimeMonday - Thursday
8-8:55 a.m.Check-in Breakfast
9-11 a.m.English or Math Class
11:15 a.m.- 1 p.m.Student Engagement & Workshops

Note: Week of Independence Day classes will not be held.

About Bridges to College, Raider Ready

Grand Rapids Community College wants to support the hard work of our K-12 partners. We also want to be a valuable resource for the communities we serve. Everyone benefits when students are best prepared to be successful when heading to college.

Students in this summer program will go through a comprehensive college writing component, and self-paced mathematics adaptive knowledge exposure through an online program called ALEKS.

Summer 2024 is the fourth year of Bridges to College - Raider Ready. In 2021, nearly 80 % of the 210 students who completed the program improved academically over the course of the summer and said they felt more confident in their abilities and more knowledgeable about support services available to continue helping them.

Contact Us

Email us at or call (616) 234-3388.