JCSU students will receive in-state tuition rates, financial aid and
many other GVSU resources to support their journey, including co-op
and internship experiences at West Michigan employers.
B. Donta Truss, GVSU vice president for Enrollment Development and
Educational Outreach, said JCSU students will be set up for success
because of the support systems built into the consortium pipeline
program. Truss added that the program will hit a milestone in April
when the first student from an HBCU will earn a GVSU master's degree
in cell and molecular biology.
"We know that JCSU has extremely talented students," Truss
said. "Through our combined efforts we want to connect these
students to West Michigan business and industry leaders who are very
much interested in diversifying their fields."
Paul Plotkowski, dean of GVSU's Padnos College of Engineering and
Computing, said that college was founded four decades ago at the
request of West Michigan industry leaders who wanted to identify local
talent to meet the needs of the area.
"I'm so pleased to support students from HBCUs who come to Grand
Valley and to connect them with industry, which begins early in their
academic careers," Plotkowski said.
The connection between the two institutions was a JCSU alumnus who
lives in Grand Rapids. Lorenzo Bradshaw, principal of Brookwood
Elementary in Kentwood, heard about the HBCU/Hispanic Serving
Institution Consortium and sent information to his connections at the
North Carolina university.