GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — New numbers show efforts to encourage more Grand Rapids high school students to go to college are working.
Grand Rapids Community College saw a 31 percent increase in the number of Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates signing up for classes. According to GRCC, the number of students from GRPS rose from 116 in 2017 to 152 this year.
The numbers reflect a redoubled effort to do things: convince GRPS students that a college education is within their reach and prepare them for an economy with plenty of jobs but not enough people to fill them.
India Whiteside, Teonicka Williams and Makenzee Powell are examples of success. They're part of the Early/Middle College program, which allows students to enroll in GRCC classes while still in high school. They'll graduate with the rest of their class, but an additional year of schooling will provide them with a tuition-free associate's degree from GRCC and a shorter path to either trade school or a four-year degree.
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