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Grant to allow ease in academic advising

With many students needing to arrange schedules and appointments around work and family responsibilities, a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help Grand Rapids Community College tailor advising services to all students.

GRCC was one of three Michigan colleges to earn a Strengthening Institutions Program grant. The college will use the money to transform its student support efforts, according to information from the community college.

In a press release, Eric Mullen, GRCC’s dean of student success and retention, said it’s often challenging for students to schedule appointments with academic advisers because they are attending school part time and have other life responsibilities.

The grant will allow GRCC to fund technologies for counselors to have detailed information available, and for students to connect in a variety of ways and at convenient times.

Plans include creating a system where student data is collected and available through a single interface and a mobile app to allow students to access support and receive messages of recognition or encouragement.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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