Launch U: Program Description

Students enroll in Launch U during their 10th grade year. Launch U students attend high school classes at their regular high school or online for a portion of the day, and attend college courses at Kent ISD during grades 10-12. The college courses are taught by GRCC instructors. During the 13th year, students attend college courses full time on GRCC's campus. Most local school districts provide transportation to Kent ISD. If it is not provided by the local district, then students will be responsible for their own transportation to Kent ISD and GRCC. 

Below are examples of what a student's schedule might look like.

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

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

11th Grade

12th Grade

13th Year

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

Mechanical Design Degree

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

11th Grade

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