GRPS Parent University expands program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools are getting ready to send parents back to class.

Parent University, launched in 2013, is the first program of its kind in the state.

This school year the program is offering online classes for parents and Saturday courses as well.

The program is also expanding to more locations at different Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Parent University offers courses in everything from effective parenting, health and wellness, cooking and financial class. They also offer GED classes.

Flora Beene Johnson, a parent advocate, said the first year of the program has been a real success.

“I see parents becoming more involved in helping their children with homework,” said Beene Johnson. “Just being there for them, coming to school for conference, I believe that has increased.”

Synia Jordan said she takes her 12-year-old daughter to the courses and it’s been a great experience.

“We’re able to connect with other parents,” said Jordan. “It’s an opportunity for parents to come together and network and build a group to help support each other.”

Parent University is free and open to parents across Kent County.

The new fall schedule of Parent University courses will be released soon and parents interested can register for classes online.

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