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. 

Two students working on a school project with an Instructor

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. 

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

Contact Launch U

Launch U Coordinator
Kristen Doneth

Important Dates

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June 6
Cohort 1 & 2 Refresh Student/Parent Meeting
6:00 PM
Kent Innovation High, 1655 East Beltline
Cohort 1 & 2 Refresh Student/Parent Meeting
Date: Jun 6
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Kent Innovation High, 1655 East Beltline
Calendar: Launch U

Parents and Students of Cohort 1 & 2, Mechanical Design, please join us for a Refresh with refreshments.  We will revisit the schedule, calendar, locations, handbook and other important information.

June 11
Cohort 3 - NEW Student/Parent Welcome Meeting
6:00 PM
Kent Innovation High, 1655 E Beltline
Cohort 3 - NEW Student/Parent Welcome Meeting
Date: Jun 11
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Kent Innovation High, 1655 E Beltline
Calendar: Launch U
August 12
New Student Orientation - time TBD
New Student Orientation - time TBD
Date: Aug 12
Calendar: Launch U
August 13
New Student Orientation - time TBD
New Student Orientation - time TBD
Date: Aug 13
Calendar: Launch U
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
No Class
No Class
Date: Nov 26
Calendar: Launch U

Thanksgiving Break

November 27
No Class
No Class
Date: Nov 27
Calendar: Launch U

Thanksgiving Break

November 28
No Class - Thanksgiving
No Class - Thanksgiving
Date: Nov 28
Calendar: Launch U

Thanksgiving Break

November 29
No Class
No Class
Date: Nov 29
Calendar: Launch U

Thanksgiving Break

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
No Class
Date: Apr 6
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break

April 7
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 7
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break

April 8
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 8
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break

April 9
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 9
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break

April 10
No Class
No Class
Date: Apr 10
Calendar: Launch U

No Class - Spring Break

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 last day of the semester.  May 4 through June 10, there is no class.