GRCC, WMU to sign institutional agreement

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GRCC, WMU to sign institutional agreement

Aug. 28, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Western Michigan University will sign an agreement Sept. 2 that provides GRCC students with a seamless path to WMU programs.

The signing of the institutional agreement is scheduled for 10 a.m. in GRCC's board room, on the fifth floor of the Main Building at 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. President Dr. Steven C. Ender, Provost Laurie Chesley and Associate Provost Patti Trepkowski will be among those representing GRCC at the ceremony. President John M. Dunn, Provost Timothy Greene and Dr. Christopher Tremblay, associate provost for enrollment management, will be among those attending from WMU.

"We are proud to partner with Western on this agreement," said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender. "By working together, we strengthen both of our institutions."

The institutional agreement, effective immediately, is the first step to creating program-specific agreements with WMU. These program agreements will clearly map out what classes students need to take at GRCC to seamlessly transfer to WMU for their third and fourth years. The program agreements will appear as academic programs in the GRCC catalog and will be eligible for financial aid. Ferris State and Grand Valley State universities are among the schools that have institutional agreements with GRCC.

"We are delighted to partner with WMU to offer students seamless, high-quality educational experiences," said Laurie Chesley, GRCC's provost. "Above all else, collaborations like this one benefit students."

The new agreement is the latest step in a long tradition of collaboration between the two institutions. GRCC and WMU have long worked together to help student earn credentials through articulation agreements, dual enrollment programs and a reverse transfer agreement.

"For more than 100 years, Western Michigan University has been providing higher education to the Grand Rapids community," Dunn said. "For generations, GRCC students have continued their educational goals at WMU. This agreement is about reaffirming that relationship and helping those students continue their journey and become successful in reaching their goals."

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 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.