Our mission and goals

The office of college access programs invites students of all grade levels to begin thinking about participation in their communities and in the world by:

  • providing academic guidance and enrichment programs
  • offering preparation for college-entry activities and test taking
  • affording exposure to subject areas and careers

It is our hope that college access program participants will:

  • understand the wide array of educational options available after high school
  • experience what a college campus has to offer
  • arrive at high school graduation equipped with requisite skills
  • be able to select a college that matches their desires

The office of college access programs creates and implements programs for those with whom Calvin has established partnerships in educational ministry. Many of these partnerships relate to specific churches and schools, ethnic minority groups and low-income populations. The office also identifies partners within the college for effectively integrating the College Positive Volunteerism framework into regular college operations.

College Positive at Calvin

Calvin’s office of college access programs (CAP) and the Service-Learning Center have partnered together to:

  1. integrate the College Positive Volunteerism (CPV) into service-learning activities,
  2. extend the Excel ACT Tutoring & Mentoring Program from one to five Grand Rapids public high schools.

CPV enhances our work in CAP by supporting and increasing the number of Calvin staff and students who communicate the vision of college as an achievable goal to all students, and especially to students from groups under-represented in higher education.

Light in the Night, a safe and fun Halloween-alternative celebration, also connects attendees with learning opportunities at Calvin for K-12th grade students.

Mimi and Tommy, the College Bound Kids, is an initiative of our College Positive efforts which aim to build aspirations for attending college and to communicate the vision of a college education as an achievable goal to all students, and especially to students from groups under-represented in higher education.

Funding to support this grant is provided by Michigan Campus Compact (MCC), College Access Challenge Grant funds and the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative's GEAR UP/College Day (GU/CD) Program within the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth.

This program is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant. However, contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department and do not indicate endorsement by the federal government.

Sponsored by

The office of college access programs partners with Meijer, Inc.