Parents Rising to the Challenge!



Parents at Harrison Park School (K-8) are fully embracing the college-going culture developing at that school. In fact, many have opted to become college students themselves.

In January, Ferris State University began a pilot career exploration course, CARE 102, especially for parents of Harrison Park students. When they complete class in May, participants will have earned three transferrable college credits.

The course guides participants through the career exploration and decision making process, while also enhancing computer skills. “In class I’ve learned how to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. It’s exciting,” said Harrison Park mom Petronila Solares.




“My kids are in kindergarten, second and fourth grade here and they see that dad is going to school. I’m hoping this sticks with them and that it will help later when we talk with them about furthering their education,” said Harrison Park dad Jody Morris.

“I want to be able to help my son with his homework and before [this class] I couldn’t. I volunteer at the school and I know that this is important,” Petronila added.

5Harrison Park School is a Grand Rapids Community Foundation Challenge Scholars School. Challenge Scholars bridges the education gap by equipping students and families with the tools they need to be academically, socially and financially ready to pursue a college degree or vocational certificate. From a “last dollar” scholarship after high school to support services in school, this powerful program paves the way to making today’s learners tomorrow’s leaders.



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