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Vision Statement:  The School of Workforce Development will be an exemplary school that will provide the core skills students need to be successful in employment and transfer. Please view GRCC's entire mission, vision, values and ends statements.

Welcome to the School of Workforce Development! The SWD is committed to serving West Michigan through offering high quality degrees, certificates and training for the workplace. We offer more than 50 degrees and certificates that equip our students with the relevant knowledge, skills and abilities to not only exist in a job but to also perform successfully in their chosen career path. Many of these programs and courses will transfer to our partner educational institutions so you can continue your education. For more information, please visit our Transfer Credits page.

For those students who are looking to "up the ante" in their present job we offer many workforce and job training classes in a variety of professions. We partner directly with numerous companies throughout West Michigan to provide training for their incumbent employees as well as programs that focus on strengthening the pipeline to provide new talent for the workplace.

West Michigan is experiencing a revitalization that is viewed by many regions in the state, and the country, as a model for collaborative partnerships between business, industry and the education sectors.  These partnerships are laser focused on developing a sustainable pipeline for securing workforce talent who are effectively prepared for the workplace. GRCC is at the forefront of those partnerships, and the School of Workforce Development is committed to these efforts.

I invite you to enroll in our programs and see how we prepare you for careers that not only keep you engaged as a career professional but also provide competitive wages for high-skilled careers to support you and those who matter to you most.

Please come by and visit us ... talk to our faculty and/or other GRCC students and see what the GRCC experience can do for you!  I encourage you to visit the Applied Technology Center (ATC) or our Tassell- Michigan Technology Education Center (M-TEC) and take a tour of our incredible labs and classrooms. You will be greatly impressed! I'd love to visit with you while you are on campus so please drop by my office in the ATC, and let's talk about your plans for the future and how GRCC can assist you with that plan!

If I can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to seeing you at GRCC in our School of Workforce Development.


Bill Pink, Ph.D.

Dean & Vice-President School of Workforce Development


Who We are

The School of Workforce Development is comprised of approximately 94 full-time, more than 150 adjunct faculty and 75 staff. We are committed to the delivery of innovative and responsive workforce learning programs and services that lead to employment and to a four-year university degree. We strive to ensure that students/customers are prepared for current and future employment and lifelong learning.

Who We serve

Approximately 46 percent of GRCC students are enrolled in credit based occupational programs. Twenty-one percent of our 625 School of Workforce Development graduates from 2012-13 were enrolled this past year in four-year colleges and universities. Additionally, the School of Workforce Development serves significant segments of the workforce, i.e., more than 10,000 students through job training programs, apprenticeship programs, customized training opportunities and community partnership programs.

What We do

The School of Workforce Development offers instruction (credit, non-credit, customized delivery, and job training) apprenticeships (credit and non-credit), employment services and serves as a workforce clearinghouse (Work First and Partnership for Adult Learner). Currently offering 25 programs, with 44 Associate Degree options, and 12 Certificate options, our goal is to evaluate all options available to students for lifelong learning, and develop additional programs which best meet the workforce needs in our community.

The School of Workforce Development offers instruction in credit, non-credit, customized delivery, apprenticeships (credit and non-credit),  employment services and serves as a workforce clearinghouse (Work First and Partnership for Adult Learner). Currently offering 25 programs with 45 Associate Degree and 41 certificate options, our goal is to monitor and develop current and new programs to insure that we meet the workforce needs in our community.

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