GRCC offers bilingual open houses for prospective students
Caroline MacGregor July 3, 2013 | WGVU The college
is hosting bilingual open houses on July 16th and July 18th from 3-5pm at the
Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology Center.
to a strong demand for bilingual services, workshops are being provided in
both Spanish and English to explain the enrollment process along with financial
aid and GRCC’s academic and transfer programs.
GRCC courses are taught in
English but the college provides bilingual support services for students.
Salinas, is GRCC’s adult enrollment and outreach coordinator and international
student advisor. She says the open houses are an opportunity to learn about
GRCC’s college success center, their job training programs along with their GED and ESL programs.
"We're reaching out to bilingual students and their families to provide workshops, informational sessions, resources and materials - both in English and Spanish so information about higher education is available to this population." The open
houses will provide prospective students and their families with an
understanding of career opportunities, financial aid options and academic programs. Salinas says they want
to encourage communication
between the Hispanic/Latino community in West Michigan and bilingual staff.
"Due to the nature of the first generation student population, I think it's a big step in terms of the college offering support for this population and make sure they know the information that's necessary to take that big step."
the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010 the number of Hispanic and Latino
individuals in Michigan increased by 34.7 percent.
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