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GRCC accepts 2,900 workers through Futures for Frontliners program

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 08:46:28-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nearly 2,900 people have been accepted to attend Grand Rapids Community College through the Futures for Frontliners program so far, according to a news release Thursday.

The deadline is approaching for others interested in the state scholarship program to take the final steps.

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Feb. 1 is the deadline for people who filed applications to the state Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to submit required information, including employment verification.

Futures for Frontliners provides a pathway to an associate degree or a technical certificate for those who worked in essential industries during the COVID-19 shutdown last spring.

Students living within the boundaries of the Kent Intermediate School District can attend tuition-free, while others pay the difference between the resident and non-resident rate tuition.

GRCC specialists can help with last-minute questions through email at, the telephone hotline at 616-234-3344, through text at 616-404-4519 and through their website,

“This is a fantastic opportunity for students of all ages to advance in their careers with a GRCC education, tuition-free,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of student affairs.

Eligible frontline industry examples include – but are not limited to -- food and agriculture; healthcare and public health; critical manufacturing; communications and information technology, including news media; law enforcement, public safety, and first responders; public works; and transportation and logistics.