Graduate options

Nov 27, 2006

Kettering to offer graduate-level services in Grand Rapids in 2007

Kettering will begin offering graduate-level services at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in early 2007. The expanded services will increase the options for working professionals in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area to complete their master's degrees in Management, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering.

The GRCC Library and Assessment Center will be a distribution point for exam proctoring and delivery of course materials for Kettering graduate distance learning courses.

Coordinating the effort is Raju Hegde, assistant director of Academic and Assessment at GRCC. Exams will be given in GRCC's Assessment Center.

"The services will officially be available the first week of January and will be a convenient link for graduate students in Kettering's flexible distance-learning program," Hegde said.

Kettering President Stan Liberty said this newest collaboration between GRCC and Kettering is another step in strengthening the technical workforce in West Michigan. "Kettering and Grand Rapids Community College have teamed up to create a clear pathway for a student to go from high school to an associate's degree to a bachelor's degree and now a master's degree," he said.

Graduate students interested in more information on the GRCC-Kettering partnership and services can contact Hegde at The deadline for graduate programs is Dec. 11 for students interested in beginning services at the GRCC location in January. Students can apply online on the Kettering website or call 810-762-9682 for more information.

The services at GRCC brings the total of Kettering's off-campus locations to nearly 130 at educational and industrial sites around the country, including centers at Alpena Community College,Delta College, near Saginaw, Lansing Community College and St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron.

More on the GRCC and Kettering collaboration:
The creation of a Learning Center at GRCC follows several other activities that the two schools have team up on in recent years. In 2004, GRCC and Kettering signed a strategic alliance agreement offering students a seamless transfer process. The GRCC-to-Kettering pathway has been strengthened by five scholarships donated by local businessman Armen Oumedian, who is a graduate of both GRCC and Kettering University.

In May 2006, GRCC and Kettering teamed up for a symposium focused on creating new business opportunities in the region. In late September, former Grand Rapids resident Rob Sobie, now vice president of Marketing for Cardinal Health, returned to collaborate on new business ventures in the region.

About Grand Rapids Community College:
Grand Rapids Community College is a vibrant institution of higher education dedicated to enriching people's lives and contributing to the vitality of the community. It is the mission of Grand Rapids Community College to provide the community with learning opportunities that enable people to achieve their goals. Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan's faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in more than 1,600 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 othernations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities.

About Kettering University: Kettering University, formerly called General Motors Institute, is located in Flint, Michigan, and is one of the country's premier co-op institutions. It provides 2,500 undergraduate students with career-based education in engineering, applied sciences, mathematics, and business management. Students receive instruction from faculty who are active in research and committed to excellent teaching in the classroom. Founded in 1919, the University also offers graduate programs in engineering and manufacturing management. Kettering has been continuously ranked among the nation's finest specialty schools by "U.S. News and World Report."

Written by Pat Mroczek