Launch U

Launch U

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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

How to apply

Enrollment in LaunchU is coordinated through your high school guidance counselor, so reach out to them to apply.

A Unique Partnership

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

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Launch U's COVID-19 Prevention Strategy Form

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.