GVSU receives federal grant to support fill expertise gap in Kent, Muskegon counties

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Grand Valley State University obtained a new $1.2 million federal grant to support maximize the number of grown ups in Kent and Muskegon counties who go after submit-secondary instruction or vocational schooling.

The five-yr grant from the U.S. Division of Education and learning will open the GVSU Laker Academic Opportunity Center, a TRIO plan supplying economic and academic support to grown ups who want to enter or carry on a postsecondary training software, according to a news release Tuesday.

President Philomena V. Mantella claims the center matches the university’s mission of lifelong learning and aligns with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s intention of escalating the range of Michiganders who have faculty levels.

“The Laker Academic Prospect Middle will support older people in Kent and Muskegon counties break down the boundaries to their job success,” Mantella claimed. “Its effects on West Michigan’s overall economy will be practically fast as members will fill work opportunities and boost the area’s productivity.”

Nykia Gaines, assistant vice president for federal TRIO packages, said 850 grownups will be served each yr in the course of the grant period.

“Ideal” members are 19 yrs old or more mature, from an underrepresented inhabitants and would be first in their households to go to university.

A few personnel members will be employed to operate the center, Gaines explained, and it is predicted to open later on this drop.

“We have fully commited associates in Kent and Muskegon counties who will aid us as we recruit folks and get the word out about the means the Laker EOC will provide,” Gaines stated.

Providers provided will involve economic literacy coaching, aid with postsecondary admission and fiscal programs, occupation assessments and subject trips to location enterprises.

B. Donta Truss, vice president for enrollment progress and educational outreach, reported this is the eighth TRIO system at Grand Valley.

He said these 8 courses build an “astounding” cadre of aid for initial-era pupils in West Michigan and demonstrates that Grand Valley is “highly focused on developing life time mastering chances, empowered education and learning and instructional equity.”

“The TRIO programs, beginning in center university, extend accessibility to increased instruction for people today who nevertheless it was unattainable,” Truss explained. “Staff hired for the Laker EOC will be properly trained to have an understanding of the special demands of grown ups and get them on a profitable path. This plan will be a important pipeline to opportunity, serving nontraditional grownup pupils and displaced personnel.”

In Kent County, 34% of citizens age 25 and older have a bachelor’s diploma or higher, and in Muskegon County that range is 20%, centered on 2019 data.

Ken James, director of inclusion for the Grand Rapids Chamber, stated the Laker EOC will also assist fill the talent hole in Kent County.

“There is no problem that the situation of the next ten years is talent,” James claimed. “We are thrilled to discover GVSU has obtained federal funding to put into action programming that will finally boost the expertise pool for Kent and Muskegon counties. We are self-confident this will have a extended-term affect on how we emerge from the pandemic as a location.”

Dale Nesbary, president of Muskegon Local community College, also praised the prepare.

“Muskegon Group University and GVSU are fully commited to furnishing our region with desired expertise, specially as we transfer forward from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nesbary said. “MCC is gratified that Grand Valley has secured substantial federal funding to yet again lead in this regard.”