Colleges, universities, technical schools and training



Gov. Whitmer plans to further ease coronavirus restrictions

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that her administration will announce the further loosening of Michigan's coronavirus restrictions in the coming days.

Over 80% of Michigan schools offer some in-person classes

LANSING — More than 80% of Michigan school districts planned to offer some form of in-person instruction in February, which represented a more than 20 percentage-point increase over the previous month amid a decline in the coronavirus' spread.

GVSU organization prepares high school students for college

The Grand Valley State University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America created a virtual learning library to prepare high school students for college during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson Center urges attention to philanthropy trends

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University released its fifth annual 11 Trends in Philanthropy report, identifying trends that will shape the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in the coming months and years.

Futures for Frontliners boosts state’s economy

LANSING — In the spring of 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Futures for Frontliners program to thank essential workers, but the program also may prove to be an economic asset to communities involved.

Ferris State to offer social justice degree

Ferris State University will be offering a Bachelor of Science in social justice program beginning in the 2021 fall semester.

Gov. Whitmer seeks boost in tuition, child care, bridge spending

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $67 billion state budget that she said would aid Michigan's pandemic recovery by solidifying new programs to expand eligibility for free community college tuition, bolster child care assistance and boosting local bridge repairs.

GVSU announces Peter Secchia military support program

Grand Valley State University will be providing more resources to veterans and active-duty military servicemen and women courtesy of the new Peter Secchia Military and Veterans Program, a gift offering from the Secchia family.

GRCC, West Michigan Works! receive federal grant to build job skills

Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works! were awarded a $9.8 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to lead a coalition of employers, workforce development organizations, educators and community groups in the One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing project.

GVSU students help struggling CVBs with travel research

The Michigan tourism and hospitality industry has been reeling from the effects of the pandemic.

Calvin launches master’s program in media and strategic communication

Calvin University will begin its new Master of Arts in media and strategic communication program this fall.

Michigan launches tuition-free program for adults 25 and up

LANSING — Michigan on Tuesday began accepting applications for tuition-free assistance from adults 25 and older to earn an associate degree or postsecondary certificate at a community college or private training school.

Baker College to add new campus

Baker College, which has a Muskegon location, is building a $51 million campus in downtown Royal Oak, at 420 Lafayette Ave., at the intersection of S. Lafayette Avenue and Fifth Street.

MCC president named health system board chair

Muskegon Community College President Dale K. Nesbary began serving his two-year term as chair of the Trinity Health Michigan board of directors Jan. 1.

Library celebrates 150 years

The Grand Rapids Public Library is having a yearlong sesquicentennial celebration that will culminate on its birthday on Dec. 21.

GRCC partners with Ferris State University

Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University have formed a partnership to offer five seats to GRCC students in Ferris State University’s doctor of pharmacy program each year.

Literacy Center named a finalist for $750K national education challenge

The Literacy Center of West Michigan has moved to the second phase of a $750,000 U.S. Department of Education challenge to advance pre-apprenticeship programs for adults.

University of Michigan gets grants to study racial inequality

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan was awarded two $5 million grants to fund projects that focus on addressing racial inequity.

GRCC awarded $1 million grant to build diverse workforce

Grand Rapids Community College Workforce Training Department was awarded a three-year, $1,050,344 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support its Equitable Empowerment Through Career Pathways program.

Perrigo and MSU ink formal partnership

Following the recent news that Perrigo is relocating its North American headquarters to Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park being developed downtown, the two entities said last week they are entering a formal partnership to advance consumer self-care innovation.

Davenport University names dean of business, technology colleges

Davenport University announced Dr. Amy Mansfield as the dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology.

Grand Rapids Board of Education approves new officers

The Grand Rapids Board of Education approved the 2021 Board officers at their annual organizational meeting earlier this month.

Gov. Whitmer: Schools should offer in-person classes by March 1

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday strongly encouraged all K-12 schools in Michigan to offer in-person instruction by March 1 and earlier if possible, but she stopped short of requiring it, saying face-to-face classes should at least be an option.

Calvin University includes high school students in its Spanish program

Students at Grandville Calvin Christian Schools can earn a minor in Spanish at Calvin University.

State assesses COVID-19 threat to school air

LANSING — A new statewide program aims to block COVID-19 from spreading through the air of Michigan’s school classrooms.