Kuyper College WorkPlace Partnership help students get job, degree

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

CapturekuyperAn initiative Kuyper College recently launched that will start this fall will enable students to earn a degree, work a part-time entry-level job and help pay their tuition. It's the first of its kind in Michigan.

Butterball Farms Inc., and Lumbermen's Inc. are participating in Kuyper College's urban WorkPlace Partnership program, which will launch this fall. "A portion of the student's tax-free compensation will be used to pay down tuition, which when added to additional state and federal grants, can help students graduate with little to no debt," said Dr. Patricia Harris, president of Kuyper College. Under the WorkPlace Partner initiative, class schedules are configured to allow students to work 20 hours each week. Presently the college is finalizing partnership agreements with other Grand Rapids businesses.

The Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting agency for Midwest colleges and universities, approved a second location for Kuyper, which will serve as the College's urban campus at the Center for Community Transformation in Grand Rapids, MI.
Kuyper's Business Leadership is the first Kuyper program to be offered at the new campus this fall. Others will follow. It will be taught by several faculty with over 100 years of combined marketplace experience, committed to helping students develop academically, vocationally, and spiritually.

Recently, Kuyper became the tenth college in the nation, and the only one in Michigan, to be recognized as a Work College by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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