GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal capped her sixth State of Our Schools address by announcing that Ottawa Hills High School will be the home to the district's first Early/Middle College, which will give students the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's degree after completing a five-year program, all at no costs to the students.
The district says this could save students at least $7,000 per degree.
Partnering with Grand Rapids Community College, GRPS says their investing $17 million into a career technical center with focuses on technology, homeland security, engineering, cosmetology, communications, and marketing.
There's also a partnership with Florida A&M University to offer nine $50,000 scholarships for the 2017-18 school year.
Neal also applauded the district's graduation rate, which has gone up 50% since she's started as superintendent.