Transfer Basics - October 13, 5:30pm
Continuing your education after Launch U Early College?
Come learn what you need to know and what you need to do if you plan to transfer to another college or university after Launch U.
GRCC's Admissions experts will guide you through:
- Steps for successful transfer planning
- (applications & sending transcripts)
- Secondary admissions
- Financial aid and scholarships
- And more!
Join this In-Person Event
When: October 13 at 5:30pm
Where: Kent Innovation High
- 1655 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, Ml 49525
- Parking lot #3
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Register for Transfer Basics Here
Launch U Graduate Featured on Lowell's First Look
Matthew Martin started working on his associate degree while he was still attending Lowell High School. He was a member of the first cohort of students admitted to the Launch U program offered by the Kent Intermediate School District.
Hear from Our Students!
A Tuition-Free, Early College Program
What is Early College?
Early college is an opportunity for high school students 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.
Virtual Launch U Lowdown - May 25, 2022
How Launch U Works
Launch U starts in a student's 10th grade year. Our 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. These college courses are taught by GRCC instructors. During the 13th year, students attend college courses full time on GRCC's campus.
Because college courses can be more demanding than many students expect, we provide the support and guidance they need to prepare for and adjust to the intensity of college coursework.
College and Career Readiness Built In
We help Launch U students be prepared for success, in and out of the classroom. While they learn the academic and technical knowledge to earn their degree, our students also gain the skills and experience they need to be successful professionals.
Our built-in college and career readiness curriculum prepares students with behaviors and skills necessary in any college or professional environment. Plus, tours of businesses, workshops, job shadows and internships allow students to see professionals in action and explore a variety of career options.
To be eligible to apply to Launch U, students must:
- Be a current 9th grade student in a public or charter school in Kent County
- Have a cumulative 8th grade GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Have a cumulative 9th grade GPA of 2.5 or higher
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.
Important Info for Current Students and Parents
2021-2022 Student Handbook and Guidelines
It is a privilege to be a part of the Launch U program. All students are expected to follow the
Launch U Handbook, the Grand Rapids Community College policies, as well as your local school
district’s rules and guidelines.
Morning Session: 6:55 am - 8:55 am
Afternoon Session: 11:55 am - 1:55 pm
LAUNCH U Staff:
Launch U Coordinator
Launch U Academic Coach
Launch U Academic Coach
Launch U Dean
Attached above is our COVID-19 Prevention Strategy Form that is required by the Kent County Health Department to be posted to our website. The form details the measures we are taking to reduce the health risks posed by COVID-19 to students, staff and visitors.
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.