Ferris State to offer programs at new GRPS campus

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A rendering of the Southwest Community Campus high school. Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Schools

Ferris State University announced its intention to extend its Grand Rapids outreach programs to Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Southwest Community Campus high school.

In October, the university will move some of its Grand Rapids-based staff to SWCC, 801 Oakland Ave. SW, where the university will offer dual enrollment courses for high school students, after-school programs and adult education programs at the SWCC’s Center for Latin@ Studies, Office of Community Engagement and Latino Business and the Economic Development Center.

“This is yet another model example of the strong partnership between GRPS and Ferris State University, and our joint commitment to the students, families and communities we serve,” said Leadriane Roby, superintendent for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Ferris State’s commitment to the Grand Rapids community also includes partnerships with Kendall College of Art and Design, partnering in the creation of the Museum School and Promesa Summer Success.

The university’s three primary goals at the SWCC are:

  • Improve college and career readiness of SWCC and neighborhood GRPS students
  • Provide career development opportunities for adult residents
  • Community engagement learning opportunities for Ferris and Kendall College students

“We are strongly committed to the Roosevelt Park community and very excited about the possibilities this partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools will create,” said David Eisler, president of Ferris State University. “Ferris State University was founded on the concept of opportunity, and we look forward to building innovative, educational opportunities for the residents of this area.”

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