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 an associate degree – cost free. Upon completion of an early college program, students may directly pursue a career or continue with higher education.
How Launch U Works
Students start Launch U in the 10th or 11th grade, depending on their pathway. They attend high school classes at their regular high school or online and then attend college courses at Kent ISD through 12th grade. These college courses are taught by instructors from Grand Rapids Community College. During their "13th grade", students attend college courses full-time at GRCC.
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 the 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 (for the General Associate or Engineering & Mechanical Design programs)
- Be enrolled at KCTC (for Networking & Cyber Security or Hospitality & Culinary)
How to apply
Enrollment in Launch U is coordinated through your high school guidance counselor. Please reach out to them to apply.
A Unique Partnership
Launch U is offered through the partnership of Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College. The GRCC faculty and Launch U Staff are committed to creating an educational environment where students will grow and succeed.
Career Exploration Day for JuniorsDate: Nov 10Calendar: Launch U
Thanksgiving Breakthru Nov 24Thanksgiving BreakDate: Nov 21 - Nov 24Calendar: Launch U
No Launch U classes on November 21, 22, 23 & 24
Launch U Fall Semester EndsDate: Dec 14Calendar: Launch U
First Day of Winter Semester ClassesDate: Jan 8Calendar: Launch U