Grand Valley State University received a new $1.2 million federal grant to help increase the number of adults in Kent and Muskegon counties who pursue post-secondary education or vocational training.
The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will open the GVSU Laker Educational Opportunity Center, a TRIO program providing financial and academic assistance to adults who want to enter or continue a postsecondary education program.
President Philomena V. Mantella said the center fits Grand Valley's mission of lifelong learning and aligns with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's goal of increasing the number of Michiganders who have college degrees.
"The Laker Educational Opportunity Center will help adults in Kent and Muskegon counties break down the barriers to their career success," Mantella said. "Its impact on West Michigan's economy will be almost immediate as participants will fill jobs and increase the area's productivity."