Colleges, universities, technical schools and training


University forges Bay City partnership to combat teacher shortages

Davenport University added a new school system to its Urban Education Partner School Program, which seeks to boost Michigan teacher talent. 

Calvin University kicks off football program with first head coach

Calvin University is betting a football program can help boost its overall business prospects.

Davenport University and Pine Rest form education partnership

Two West Michigan entities are working together to support the next generation of mental health caregivers.

Education focus turns to workforce development

To boost the talent pipeline in 2023, West Michigan colleges are leveling up their offerings to help attract, retain and prepare students for entering the state’s workforce.

Calvin Prison Initiative poised for growth, program changes

Innovative approach has attracted national attention as a role model.

Davenport launches $35M campaign to address Michigan’s talent gap

A local university started a fundraising campaign to support a diverse talent pool in Michigan. 

Kendall College to close Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

After decades of public art, exhibitions, youth development and community programs, the contemporary arts institution space decided to close its doors permanently. 

GRCC professor addresses region’s ‘dire’ need for ASL interpreters

A local sign language educator is hoping to encourage students to pursue interpretation as a career by creating a streamlined path to state certification.

Jenison High School to unveil upgraded field house

An area high school is opening a massive new athletic facility as part of a $60 million school improvement project.

GRCC and University of Michigan Health-West partner to create local nursing talent pipeline

A new program aims to help diversify local nursing talent, while creating a pipeline to help solve nursing shortages. 

Community college votes on new president

Grand Rapids Community College came to a unanimous agreement in its presidential search. 

GRCC partners with MDHHS to help students access needed resources

Grand Rapids Community College now offers an on-site staff member to help students facing housing or food insecurity. 

Corewell Health teams with West Michigan college for state’s first RN apprentice program

Corewell Health West, formerly Spectrum Health, is partnering with a West Michigan community college to create the state's first registered nurse apprenticeship program.

GVSU president’s contract extended into 2029

The president of Grand Valley State University will remain in her role for the next seven years.

Literacy Center earns $300K citizenship instruction grant

The pathway to U.S. citizenship for adults in West Michigan will be better supported thanks to a new grant awarded to a local organization.

Calvin University launches new program for minority faculty and staff

Calvin University on Monday, Oct. 24, launched a new professional development program designed for underrepresented members of Calvin’s staff and faculty.

Davenport University hires executive director of Latino program

Davenport University Thursday, Oct. 20, named Carlos Sanchez executive director of its new Latino program.

Community college narrows presidential search

In the search to replace former president Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has finalized three candidates from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Utah. 

GRCC wins $2.9M grant to increase health care programming

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and its partners $2.9 million over three years to increase the number of community health workers in West Michigan.

Aquinas College inaugurates new president

Aquinas college is set to inaugurate its first woman president.

Free lunch funding change worries some school officials

LANSING — Michigan school officials are concerned about children going hungry or accumulating lunch debt after Congress recently ended federal funding for free meals for all students.

Partnership to help high school students explore manufacturing

Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Public Schools are partnering to bring students an educational opportunity.

Pilot after-school program helps Muskegon students ‘tune up’

A new music-based elementary program is offering underserved students free instruments and music lessons in a group-based environment with experienced teachers. 

GRCC adds soccer teams for fall 2023

In response to growing interest in the sport and an increasing number of requests from potential student-athletes, Grand Rapids Community College is adding men’s and women’s soccer teams that will be ready to compete during the fall semester of 2023.

University debuts free, 24/7 mental health support for students

A West Michigan college is offering students easily accessible mental health services.