GVSU launches new leadership degree in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Grand Valley State University is offering a new degree completion program that it hopes will educate a new generation of leaders in Muskegon and beyond.

The Muskegon Leadership Program is a partnership between Grand Valley and Muskegon Community College. It allows students to earn bachelor's degrees in Liberal Studies, with emphasis leadership. The courses will be held at the Stevenson Center for Higher Education on the campus of Muskegon Community College. The  students will go through the program together as a cohort, helping them develop a group of lifetime friends and colleagues.

"This program is perfect for people with a genuine desire to become leaders — from first-time college students to community college transfer students or returning adults," said Simone Jonaitis, executive director of Continuing Education at Grand Valley. "The coursework will encourage students to question, study and understand the complexities of today's professional world. With a focus on problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills, it will provide the expertise that employers are looking for."

MCC and Grand Valley will host information sessions about the program on March 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Blue and Gold Room and 5:30 p.m.  in the Stevenson Center Room 1200. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/muskegonleader, call (231) 777-0505 or e-mail muskadv@gvsu.edu.