Launch U: Program Description

Students enroll in Launch U during their 10th grade year. Launch U students take high school classes at their regular high school or online and attend college courses at Kent ISD during grades 10-12. The college courses are taught by GRCC instructors. Then students attend college courses full time on GRCC’s campus during the 13th year. Students are responsible for their own transportation to Kent ISD and GRCC if it is not provided by the local district. 

Below is what a student’s schedule might look like in the general degree and the Mechanical Design degree programs.

College and Career Readiness

Launch U students begin their professional development early on with industry tours, workshops, job shadows, and internships. 

In addition, Launch U has incorporated a college/career readiness curriculum. This curriculum fosters the growth of behavior and skills necessary in a college and professional environment. Launch U students will be prepared for success, in and out of the classroom. 

General Associate Degree

General Associate Degree

Courses cover a variety of topics including government, psychology, statistics and public speaking. Students also get to choose courses in areas that interest them most like art, business, technology, engineering and education, to create a more focused degree.

Schedule

9th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History, Visual Arts, PE/Health

10th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Geology 106, Music 130, American Gov 110, Art History 106

11th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Biology 110, Sociology 254, Psychology 201, Spanish I 101

12th Grade

  • High school classes - 4 electives
  • College courses - English I 101, Spanish II 102, English II 102, Public Speaking 131

13th Year

  • College courses - Trigonometry 108 OR Statistics 215, 5 courses of student's choice

Mechanical Design Degree

Mechanical Design

Courses cover drafting, mechanical concepts, and tool and die design. Students also learn software programs like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Pro-E. As students move through the program, they have increasing opportunities to see their designs come to life – from initial drafts to finished products.

Mechanical Design careers are in demand in many industries, including - aerospace and defense, automotive, marine, nuclear energy, electronics.

Schedule

9th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History, Visual Arts, PE/Health

10th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Industrial Graphics with CAD 110, Intro to SolidWorks 150, Intro to Mechanical, Concepts 180, Intermediate SolidWorks 190

11th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Detail Drafting 229, Advanced SolidWorks 240, Intro to Inventor 140, Advanced Engineering Graphics 201

12th Grade

  • High school classes - 4 electives
  • College courses - Intro to Pro Engineering/Creo 258, Intro to College 100, Die Design 224, English I 101

13th Year

  • College courses - Material Science 114, Trigonometry 108, Tool Design 212, Theory of Machine Operations 199, Team Design Project 279, English II 102, Humanities, Social Science

Mechanical Design program application

General Associate program application