The GVSU Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center teamed with community partners in Battle Creek to host a unique college fair open to the public but geared toward special populations in the area.
The February 16 fair was supported by the Burma Center, Voces and the Southwestern Michigan Urban League. Those nonprofit organizations support, respectively, the Burmese, Latino and Black/African American populations.
Al Shifflett, director of community engagement for the regional outreach center, said more than 100 people participated and engaged with admissions representatives from Grand Valley and 11 other colleges or universities, plus staff from three military branches and the host community organizations.
Translation services were available in Burmese and Spanish, and some parents or guardians used headphones to listen to presentations.