Is Launch U Right For you? 

Do you like to take things apart? Have you ever wondered how things work? Perhaps you enjoy sketching and drawing? Are interested in AutoCAD, 3D Printing, or detailing and drafting? If any of this sounds familiar, Launch U might be right for you.

Launch U students can earn an Associate Degree or Certificate in Mechanical Design. The best part? It's cost free.

Why Mechanical Design?

The Launch U Mechanical Design program is designed for students to directly enter high-paying, high-demand jobs. Or students can prepare to transfer to a four year college or university.

Manufacturers in West Michigan are in shortage of skilled, talented workers. Through Launch U, students use software and equipment found in industry, gaining the practical skills to be successful neccesary in the work place. Mechanical Design students attain the highly sought after experience employers desire, and will land high-paying jobs.

Mechanical design is a field that requires creativity, innovativation, and hands-on work. Designers apply their education to design, develop, and test new machinery, technologies, and products. Visit the GRCC Website to learn more about Mechanical Design. 

Launch U – An Overview 

Launch U starts in 10th grade year. Students take both high school and GRCC classes, choosing between the certificate or associate degree path. Classes are held on the Kent ISD Campus until the 13th year, when students attend class on the GRCC campus. 

Launch U is a demanding but rewarding program. Students are provided with support and services to prepare for the intensity of college level courses. Through job shadows, internships, and a deliberately crafted college/career readiness curriculum, Launch U students will gain relevant skills and experience to be successful professionals.  

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Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students currently in 9th grade

  • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.0

  • Students enrolled in a public school district of Kent County  

Find the Launch U application here.