College wins grant to expand apprenticeships


A medical assistant and a patient. Courtesy GRCC

A local college has received a federal grant to expand registered apprenticeship opportunities.

Grand Rapids Community College received $140,000 as one of 80 colleges selected for the Expanding Community College Apprenticeship Initiative. The initiative is led by the American Association of Community Colleges in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Each college is expected to train 150 apprentices over the next three years.

GRCC will use the grant to expand its manufacturing, construction electrician and medical assistant registered apprenticeship programs.

GRCC plans to recruit new companies and increase outreach in area high schools to raise awareness about the opportunities. GRCC currently works with hundreds of companies each year.

“Registered apprenticeship programs are life changing for our students, helping them gain an education and skills with little or no tuition debt,” GRCC President Bill Pink said.

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