Program Options

Is Launch u right for you?

If you are a self-motivated, organized student who enjoys learning at a fast pace, one of Launch U's four program options might be for you! Each of our programs get you a head start on your college journey.

1. General Associate Degree: Take courses ranging from Government to Statistics and also choose subjects that suit your interests for a more focused degree

2. Mechanical Engineering Degree: Take courses in drafting, tool & die design and more while learning industry standard software like AutoCAD and Solidworks

Launch U now offers 2 programs in partnership with The Kent Career Tech Center:

3. Culinary Arts: Earn a Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate from the GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

4. IT - Computer Support Specialist: Earn an associate degree while attending KCTC's Networking and Cybersecurity program

The best part? All our programs are tuition-Free!

Because of the combination of high school AND college courses, a Launch U student's schedule looks a little different. Below are examples of what a  schedule might look like in our programs and additional details on each. Note that these are examples and not the exact schedule of every student.

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.

Example Schedule

9th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History, Visual Arts, PE/Health

10th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Intro to Theater TH 248, American Gov 110, Healthy Living WE 189, Strategies for College and Life Success PY 100

11th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Music MUS 110, World History HS 121,  Psychology PY 201, Geoscience GL 106

12th Grade

  • High school classes - 4 electives
  • College courses - English I EN 101, English II EN 102, Elective, Math MA 215

13th Year

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

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.

Example Schedule

9th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History, Visual Arts, PE/Health

10th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Industrial Graphics with CAD EG 110, Intro to SolidWorks DR 150, Intro to Mechanical Concepts DR 180, Intermediate SolidWorks DR 190

11th Grade

  • High school classes - English, Math, Science, History
  • College courses - Detail Drafting DR 229, Advanced SolidWorks DR 240, Intro to Inventor DR 140, Advanced Engineering Graphics EG 201

12th Grade

  • High school classes - 4 electives
  • College courses - Intro to Pro Engineering/CREO DR 258, Possible Math MA 108, Die Design DR 224, English I EN 101

13th Year

  • College courses - Material Science TE 114, Tool Design DR 212, Theory of Machine Operations MN 199, Team Design Project 279, English II EN 102, Humanities, Social Science

How Mechanical Design can benefit you 

The Launch U Mechanical Design program is designed for students to directly enter high-paying, high-demand jobs. Or students can prepare to transfer to a four year college or university.

Manufacturers in West Michigan are in shortage of skilled, talented workers. Through Launch U, students use software and equipment found in industry, gaining the practical skills to be successful in the work place. Mechanical Design students attain the highly sought after experience employers desire, and will land high-paying jobs.

West Michigan is anticipated to need over 7500 Mechanical Designers over the next 5 years. These jobs have an average entry level wage of $22 per hour. 

Mechanical design is a field that requires creativity, innovation, and hands-on work. Designers apply their education to design, develop, and test new machinery, technologies, and products. Visit the GRCC Website to learn more about Mechanical Design. 

 

Greg Wolf, chief technical advisor, shares an overview of careers in Mechanical Design and his need for skilled, talented employees.

 

Jon Dyer, of business development and engineering, says mechanical designers bring ideas to life. From the computer screen to the robotics that build the biggest products, designers solve problems creatively.

Programs with Kent Career Tech Center

Earn a Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate from the GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education – for free – while attending Kent Career Tech Center’s Hospitality program.

Thanks to GRCC and Kent ISD’s Launch U program, students can now earn a high school diploma and professional hospitality certification at the same time!

Students begin the program in KCTC’s Hospitality program in 11th grade and finish after what’s called the 13th year – one additional year of school at GRCC. After that, students are ready to enter the kitchen as a certified professional – without debt! – choose to pursue another certification, or continue with GRCC to earn an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts.

Professional Certifications Through Launch U

Students in KCTC’s Hospitality program have opportunities to earn safety certifications essential for working in a kitchen. Those enrolled in Launch U’s Culinary Arts program are also eligible to earn their choice of:

  • Culinary Arts Certification
  • Baking & Pastry Arts Certification

Example Schedule

Students in Launch U’s Culinary Arts program take high school classes at their regular high school, plus attend the Hospitality program and college courses at Kent Career Tech Center during grades 11 and 12. Then, they attend college courses at GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education during the 13th year.

9th & 10th Grades:

  • Full day of classes at your high school

11 & 12 Grades:

  • Two-thirds of the day with your high school
  • One-third of the day with KCTC hospitality program (3 days) and GRCC courses at KCTC (2days)

13th Year:

  • Specialized certification courses at GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Earn an Associate Degree – for free – while attending Kent Career Tech Center’s Information Technology program. Thanks to Grand Rapids Community College and Kent ISD’s Launch U program, students can now earn a diploma and a degree at the same time!

Students begin the program in KCTC’s IT program in 11th grade and finish after what’s called the 13th year – one additional year of school at GRCC. After that, students are ready to enter the workforce or pursue a higher degree with an Associate Degree in hand, and without debt.

Computer Support Specialists are in demand and critical in many industries including:

  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Software and IT companies 
  • Aviation
  • Finance

Professional Certifications through Launch U

Students in KCTC’s IT program have opportunities to earn several professional certifications. Those enrolled in Launch U’s Computer Support Specialist program can also earn:

  • CompTia Network Plus Certification
  • Microsoft Server Certification
  • CompTia Security Plus Certification

Example Schedule

Students in Launch U’s Computer Support Specialist program take high school classes at their regular high school, plus attend college courses at Kent Career Tech Center and online during grades 11-12. Then, they attend college courses full time with GRCC during the 13th year. Below is how a student’s overall schedule looks.

9th & 10th Grades:

  • Full day of classes at your high school

11th Grade:

  • Two-thirds of the day with your high school plus the following:
    • Fall: KCTC IT/Launch U
    • Spring: KCTC IT/Launch U + GRCC course online

12th Grade:

  • Two-thirds of the day with your high school plus the following:
    • Fall: KCTC IT/Launch U + GRCC course online
    • Spring: KCTC IT/Launch U + GRCC course online

13th Year:

  • Full day of college courses with GRCC, including general education and specialized certification courses

NOTE - Earn 26 credits through regular KCTC IT coursework, plus 34 more credits through additional GRCC classes. That’s 60 credits, a high school diploma and a college degree. All free.