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BATTLE CREEK — Area residents, students and business owners are invited to a community open house to learn more about the services at Grand Valley State University’s Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center.

The community open house at the center, 8 Michigan Ave. W., is Thursday, January 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Refreshments will be available and a raffle for prizes will be held.

Grand Valley staff members at the center support students with college and career exploration, including help with federal aid forms and college applications, and assist community members with college advising and career exploration.

Staff also work with K-12 schools to offer education programming such as career exploration, financial literacy, scholarship and financial aid exploration and community events.

Establishing an outreach center in Battle Creek is an offshoot of a $15.5 million grant awarded to Grand Valley last year by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Under the grant, Grand Valley faculty members have designed and led professional development opportunities for Battle Creek teachers, working in collaboration with BCPS teachers and administrators. GVSU College of Education faculty members have supported BCPS student teachers through seminars  and BCPS middle and high school students attended several Grand Valley STEM-related camps last summer.

For more information about the open house, contact Sara Burtis at burtiss@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-7613. More information is online at gvsu.edu/battlecreek.