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Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new job training program to certify people to work on public water infrastructure.

The program includes collaborations with the cities of Grand Rapids and Kentwood.

Julie Parks is head of workforce training at GRCC. She says the training will make sure there are enough people to work on emerging water issues.

“You know we have PFAS in our area, we have lead in houses,” Parks says. “We need to have people who are trained to remove this and to make it safer for all of us.”

Carter Center

Former President Jimmy Carter will be in Grand Rapids on Monday.

President Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are scheduled to appear at Grand Rapids Community College as part of the school’s diversity lecture series.

“President Carter does not do many of these events, and we are honored that he has accepted our invitation to join us in our centennial year,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender.

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A new program launching this fall in Grand Rapids will try to help high school dropouts earn both their high school diplomas and some college credit.  The program is a joint effort of Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Community College. 

College president Steven Ender says they’re reaching out to 16 to 19 year olds who otherwise would have a hard time finding a future in Michigan’s economy.