Press release: GRCC works with state group to broaden online class offerings


Kathy Mullins

Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison


February 11, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College is part of a state collaborative to greatly expand the online courses offered to students.

The Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative, an initiative of the Michigan Community College Association, has been working with East Lansing-based Digital Active to redesign and launch a website that gives students access to more than 2,000 courses from an online catalog.

At GRCC, enrollment in online classes is up about 17 percent since the winter 2012 semester. In fact, GRCC’s newest degree — in Information Security — can be taken completely online.

“We want to make higher education as accessible as possible to as many people as possible,” said Dr. Ric Underhile, associate dean for Instructional Support at GRCC. “There are so many factors that individually and together make online learning attractive.”

Online and hybrid courses follow the semester schedule, have weekly assignment deadlines, require regular participation in discussion boards, and are as rigorous as on-campus courses. Those interested can take a moment to complete the “Is Online Learning Right for Me” interactive self-assessment, time management activity, and review the technology requirements.

Registration for GRCC’s summer sessions starts February 14.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.