Launch U

A Tuition-Free, Early College Program

"We are thrilled with the Launch U program and the opportunity Matthew has to develop a skilled trade in CAD design while still in high school.  This no-cost program will allow him to apply his skills in a strong labor market within a year of graduating." – Deb Martin, Launch U parent  

What is Early College? 

Early college is an exceptional opportunity to earn a college degree. By taking a combination of high school and college courses, students earn both a high school diploma and associate degree – cost free. Upon completion of an early college program, students may directly pursue a career or continue with higher education. 

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Tell Me More about Launch U

Launch U is a specialized early college program. Students can earn their high school diploma and a general associate degree or a specialty associate degree in Mechanical Design, in just one year beyond high school. Or students can graduate in their 12th grade year with an industry recognized certificate.

Launch U is designed to support students in their career and education goals, while saving time and money. In fact, students earn 60 college credits (free) which can transfer to a 4-year college if they choose to pursue another degree after completing the program.

Learn more to see if Launch U is right for you. 

A Unique Partnership

Launch U is offered through the partnership of Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College. GRCC faculty and Launch U Staff are committed to creating an educational environment where students will grow and succeed. 

Important Info For Current Students and Parents

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Session Times:
Morning Session: 6:55 am - 8:55 am
Afternoon Session: 11:55 am - 1:55 pm

LAUNCH U Staff:
Kristen Doneth                                      Stacy Smith                                                       Jeff Bush
Launch U Coordinator                           Launch U Academic Coach                               KIH Principal/Launch U

                                        

For More Information on Launch U, please call (616) 447-5670 or email LaunchU@kentisd.org

 

Overview of School Calendar

Important Dates

Important Dates
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August 6
First Year Fundamentals Orientation - Mechanical Design
8:30 AM
First Year Fundamentals Orientation - Mechanical Design
Date: Aug 6
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Calendar: Launch U

Orientation will begin at Kent Innovation High
1655 E Beltline
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

August 12
First Year Fundamentals Orientation - Yellow Group
8:30 AM
First Year Fundamentals Orientation - Yellow Group
Date: Aug 12
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Calendar: Launch U

Orientation will begin at Kent Innovation High
1655 E Beltline
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

August 13
First Year Fundamentals Orientation - Blue Group
8:30 AM
First Year Fundamentals Orientation - Blue Group
Date: Aug 13
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Calendar: Launch U

Orientation will begin at Kent Innovation High
1655 E Beltline
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

August 26
First Day of Class - Launch U
First Day of Class - Launch U
Date: Aug 26
Calendar: Launch U
August 30
No Class
No Class
Date: Aug 30
Calendar: Launch U
September 2
No Class
No Class
Date: Sep 2
Calendar: Launch U
November 26
Thanksgiving Break - No Class Nov 26 - 27 - 28 - 29
Thanksgiving Break - No Class Nov 26 - 27 - 28 - 29
Date: Nov 26
Calendar: Launch U

Thanksgiving Break = No Class Nov 26 - 27 - 28 - 29

December 13
Launch U end of semester
Launch U end of semester
Date: Dec 13
Calendar: Launch U
December 16
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 16
Calendar: Launch U
December 17
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 17
Calendar: Launch U
December 18
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 18
Calendar: Launch U
December 19
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 19
Calendar: Launch U
December 20
No Class
No Class
Date: Dec 20
Calendar: Launch U
January 13
Launch U Classes Begin
Launch U Classes Begin
Date: Jan 13
Calendar: Launch U
February 17
No Class
No Class
Date: Feb 17
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Mid-Winter Break 

February 18
No Class
No Class
Date: Feb 18
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Mid-Winter Break

April 3
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 3
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break

April 6
No Class - Spring Break April 3 - 10
No Class - Spring Break April 3 - 10
Date: Apr 6
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break - April 3 through April 10

April 14
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 14
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - SAT/PSAT Testing

April 15
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 15
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Sending School Testing

May 1
Launch U semester ends
Launch U semester ends
Date: May 1
Calendar: Launch U

Last Day Celebration!

May 4
May 4 - June 10 **No Class**
May 4 - June 10 **No Class**
Date: May 4
Calendar: Launch U

**There is no class held at Launch U after the GRCC semester end.  May 4 through June 10 = no class.

May 18
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Review May 18 - 19 - 20
7:00 AM
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Review May 18 - 19 - 20
Date: May 18
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Calendar: Launch U

Accuplacer Review at Launch U May 18 - 19 - 20.  Accuplacer test at Launch U May 21. This is for Cohort 2 only = 11th graders.

May 21
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Testing
7:00 AM
Cohort 2 - Accuplacer Testing
Date: May 21
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Calendar: Launch U

Accuplacer Review at Launch U May 18 - 19 - 20.  Accuplacer test at Launch U May 21. This is for Cohort 2 only = 11th graders.