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Noorthoek Academy

Noorthoek Academy
Grand Rapids Community College
Noorthoek Academy
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503, MI 49503
Program Contact Ric Underhile
Program Contact Email
Phone 616-234-4123
Website Program website

The Noorthoek Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a continuing education program in the arts and sciences for special needs students who want to pursue their education in a college setting after high school

Program information submitted a year or more ago

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 85
Deadline to apply to this program: none
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Visual and physical impairments
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $250.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Donation

Scholarships available:

<p>If a student is unable to afford the $250 tuition rate they can apply for a scholarship. This can be discussed with us personally before registering.</p>

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

<p>We explore the natural sciences, history, literature, drama and current events using a dynamic, hands on approach. We offer skill-based classes in computer and creative writing, and a service leadership club. Being on a college campus and integrating into the mainstream, students have the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and independence while making friends in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.</p>

Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

<p>Not at this time. They do receive a certificate of accomplishments each year they complete.</p>

Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

<p>No this is not our purpose. Provides Life-long learning opportunities.</p>

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No