About Harmel Academy

About Harmel Academy
About Harmel Academy2020-04-22T17:23:11+00:00

… I am encouraged by your vision and planning efforts to found the Harmel Academy of the Trades within the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  Your plan to build this post-secondary academy upon the foundations of Church teaching, skill development, and faith formation offers our young people a unique opportunity to grow in their faith while acquiring life-long skills.

Most Rev. David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids

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A Little History

2020

Begin First Class

February 2020

Mike Preston Joins Harmel Academy Board

David Michael Phelps Joins Harmel Academy as Dean of Humanities and Director of Program Development

April 2019

Harmel Announces New Campus Location at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids

March 2019

Brian Black selected as Harmel Academy’s First President

October 2018

J.T. Weis Joins Harmel Academy Board

Full Timeline

Board of Trustees

RYAN POHL
RYAN POHLCO-FOUNDER
MIKE PRESTON
MIKE PRESTONTRUSTEE
J.T. WEIS
J.T. WEISTRUSTEE
BRIAN BLACK
BRIAN BLACKCO-FOUNDER
Our Advisors

Léon Harmel

Léon Harmel (1829-1915) was a successful French Catholic industrialist who led a movement to recognize the dignity and rights of industrial workers. He transformed his factory into a “Christian Corporation” by providing safe working conditions, a just wage, worker associations, health care, and retirement benefits during a time of extreme worker exploitation throughout industrial Europe.

His work was praised by Pope Leo XIII, with whom he became a close associate and friend. Harmel’s work directly inspired and influenced Leo XIII’s great encyclical Rerum Novarum.

Harmel is the father of a truly practiced Catholic Social Teaching in modern times, and in turn inspires us to serve and help form Catholic workers. Learn more here.

Léon Harmel

Léon Harmel (1829-1915) was a successful French Catholic industrialist who led a movement to recognize the dignity and rights of industrial workers. He transformed his factory into a “Christian Corporation” by providing safe working conditions, a just wage, worker associations, health care, and retirement benefits during a time of extreme worker exploitation throughout industrial Europe.

His work was praised by Pope Leo XIII, with whom he became a close associate and friend. Harmel’s work directly inspired and influenced Leo XIII’s great encyclical Rerum Novarum.

Harmel is the father of a truly practiced Catholic Social Teaching in modern times, and in turn inspires us to serve and help form Catholic workers. Learn more here.

Our Campus

Harmel @ Kuyper College Grand Rapids MI

Harmel Academy is hosted on the beautiful campus of Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Harmel students live in dedicated dormitory floors, and receive instruction in dedicated classrooms and labs. Dining, sports, recreation, library and other areas are shared with Kuyper students. The campus is 15 minutes from the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, and is near both parks and premium retail and restaurants.

It is necessary that Harmels be multiplied. Harmels must be multiplied!

Pope Leo XIII (1887)