The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Grand Valley State University, and Battle Creek Public Schools have announced a partnership to boost access in Battle Creek to college prep programming, improve the economic vigor of the community, and ensure that children and families can thrive.
To that end, WKKF awarded a five-year, $15.5 million grant to the university, which will use the funds to provide middle and high school students with pathways to high-demand jobs in the healthcare and education sectors; offer teachers enhanced professional development and mentorship opportunities; and build a local pipeline of talented educators. Students will have the chance to attend STEM-focused summer camps, including camps designed to encourage young girls to explore math and science fields; take university classes in education and health sciences; and be exposed to and encouraged to pursue a range of jobs.
GVSU also will open an outreach center in downtown Battle Creek to coordinate student services and offer the entire community access to its resources; offer professional development opportunities through its College of Education to Battle Creek public school teachers; help classroom assistants become certified public school teachers; and create pipeline programs to bring more educators to Battle Creek.
"We've had a long-standing relationship with the Kellogg Foundation, and we are honored they looked to us to provide targeted educational programs in Battle Creek," said GVSU president Thomas J. Haas. "We know how education positively affects the entire climate of a region, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship and successful outcomes for the students, teachers, and members of the community."
"This new partnership reflects the commitment to collaboration that is guiding our shared efforts for children and families in Battle Creek," said WKKF president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "It is creating a new pathway in our community — one that ultimately can increase access to jobs and talent in our region."