Support Programs

Student working with counselor.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations and support to students with disabilities. Arrangements for personal care services are the responsibility of the student. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at (616) 234-4140.

Academic Foundations Program

Academic Foundations Program (AFP) provides specialized services for students placed into pre-college English, reading, or mathematics. Enrollment in the program is determined by GRCC's placement testing

College Success Center

The purpose of the FastTrack program is to give developmental students an opportunity to accelerate skill building so they are able to bypass developmental course work and move directly into college-level courses. Students need to take placement testing to see if they qualify.

  • FastTrack is designed to help students skip ONE of the following required courses: EN 097; RD 097, 098; or MA 095, 097 or 098.

The center is located at 115 Sneden, DeVos Campus, 415 Fulton Street NE. 

Occupational Support Program (OSP)

Occupational Support Program (OSP) provides special services and support for students in occupational curriculums who are disabled, economically or academically disadvantaged, single parents, displaced homemakers, or who use English as a second language. Students involved in non-traditional training and employment are also eligible for the program services. For more information, contact the Program Director at (616) 234-4155.

TRIO/Student Support Services Program (SSS)

TRIO/Student Support Services Program (SSS) is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The SSS program may also provide grand aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

To receive assistance, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College in a degree-seeking program. Low-income students who are first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college/university) and are in need of academic support are eligible to participate in SSS. For more information, contact the Program Director at (616) 234-3545.

Veterans Support Group

Grand Rapids Community College has a support group just for veterans. Anyone interested can contact Student Life for more information. If you need information about VA Educational Benefits, contact the Student Records Office.