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My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students
My Town: Aquinas College receives college prep grant for GRPS students

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Aquinas College has been selected as the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation. The Believe to Become Summer Learning Academy grant will fund the AQ College Prep Academy, a summer dual-enrollment college prep experience for high school students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

“We appreciate the Foundation's confidence in Aquinas,” said Dean of Curriculum Kathy Kremer, Ph.D. “Completing college courses and prep activities on our campus over the summer will set the students up for success in higher education.”

AQ College Prep Academy will serve up to 25 area high school students on the Aquinas campus from June 15 through August 7, 2015. Participants will be enrolled in a three-credit elementary or intermediate algebra course, taught by Aquinas faculty and supported by undergraduate mentors. There are six hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of enrichment activities each week. Students will explore math through an active learning and technology-based approach. Textbooks and graphing calculators will be provided to participants.

In addition to math studies, students have the opportunity to enroll in a one-credit college writing prep course or work on an academic research project. Participants in either area will receive a stipend for their work. The writing and research portion of the AQ College Prep Academy is made possible through a $5,000 gift from Wiley and Karen Wilson.

This is the second year Aquinas College has received the Believe to Become Summer Learning Academy grant from the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation. During the summer of 2014, nine students from area high schools took college-level math courses at Aquinas as part of “Math Alive.” The eight-week program brought textbook content to life by providing students with hands-on projects, which utilized the concepts taught in the classroom. In addition to preparing students for the math section of the ACT, the majority received college credit.

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