Welcome to Grand Valley State University Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center

Grand Valley State University Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center supports career exploration and provides individualized educational planning assistance to facilitate educational goal attainment. The center also supports the educational goals of K-12 students, transfer students, and adults in the community, while providing resources to assist Battle Creek Public Schools in their district transformation.

Our center staff would love to serve and help you with your educational goals including:

  • College and career exploration
  • College admission application and essay support
  • College advising
  • Assistance with FAFSA completion and support
  • Scholarship application and essay support

To set up an appointment with one of our center advisors, either through a socially distant in-person session, video conference, or by phone, please email [email protected] or call/text us at (616) 331-7610.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Set Up Your Appointment Today!

Drop-In Virtual Advising Sessions are held:

We can support you in your educational goal planning including:

  • College and career exploration
  • College admission application and essay support
  • College advising
  • Assistance with FAFSA completion and support
  • Scholarship application and essay support

We're Hiring!

We are currently seeking a part-time office assistant to support staff, assist with grant-related work, as well as to create marketing and social media content for the center. The full job description can be found by clicking the link below.

All questions and inquiries can be directed to Nikki Elder, Special Projects Coordinator, at [email protected]


office staff assisting students at an event

Grand Valley Pledge

Available to any first-year Grand Valley student meeting these eligibility requirements:

  • Admitted as a full-time undergraduate, degree-seeking freshman or transfer student
  • Lives in Michigan
  • Family adjusted gross income (AGI) of $50,000 or less, as reported on the FAFSA
  • Family assets of $50,000 or less, as reported on the FAFSA

Apply, be accepted, and file the FAFSA - THAT'S IT!

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically receive federal and institutional gift aid covering the cost of tuition and course fees.

Learn more, and apply to GVSU here: https://www.gvsu.edu/gvpledge

Photos of GVSU Students at Graduation

Health and Teacher Education Pipeline Scholarship

Available to graduating seniors from Battle Creek Central High School, the Pipeline Scholarship provides financial assistance to admitted students who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either Nursing, Health Professions, or Teacher Education.


Pipeline Scholars

Summer Career Exploration Camps

Career Exploration Summer Camps

Middle and high school students enrolled at Battle Creek Public Schools have the opportunity to participate in STEM, health, and education-focused summer career exploration camps where they receive hands-on experiences in health, engineering, science, and educational fields. Campers receive valuable and highly-coveted exposure to a range of jobs, and these programs help encourage and position them to pursue these careers. These camps help ensure students are career, college, and community ready for these opportunities.

ExCEL Camp — Provides 11th graders with hands-on experience in the field of education.

sHaPe Camp  — Introduces 7th and 8th graders to the health professions.

STEPS Camp — Exposes 6th graders to careers in science, engineering, and technology.

Free K-12 Tutoring

Free virtual tutoring services are available to K-12 students throughout the state of Michigan. Tutors are comprised of volunteer GVSU community members and include faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, etc. Volunteers have indicated grade bands and subjects they are comfortable working with and must pass a GVSU background check prior to working with students.  To ensure continuity of services, there will also be a handful of students who are hired to work consistent tutoring hours and service those most in need. 

To find a tutor, visit the Find a Tutor page.

To become a tutor, visit the Become a Tutor page.

Battle Creek organizations show support for city students through two partnerships with GVSU

Battle Creek organizations show support for city students through partnerships with GVSU


Posted: May 18, 2022

A cohort of 12 students joined 16 other BCPS pipeline scholars this fall on campus. The Battle Creek Public School (BCPS)/Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Health and Teacher Education Pipeline Scholarship program stems from a partnership among GVSU, BCPS, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Learn more at https://www.gvsu.edu/gvnext/2022/battle-creek-organizations-show-support-for-city-students-through-two-partnerships-with-gvsu.htm

Battle Creek Public Schools partnered with GVSU and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to positively impact education in the community by implementing the following initiatives:


Supporting Battle Creek Public Schools Educators:

  • Project-Based Learning
  • High-Leverage Teaching Practices
  • Student Teacher Pipeline
  • Paraprofessional Pathway
  • New Teacher Mentoring

Preparing Battle Creek Public School Students for Careers in Health, Education, and STEM:

  • Dual Enrollment Courses - Allied Health and Education
  • Career Exploration Summer Camps (sHaPe, STEPS, EXCEL)
  • Freshman Health Career Exploration Fair
  • STEM Innovation Center

BCPS & GVSU: Teaming up for a Stronger Battle Creek

Page last modified November 16, 2022