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Registration opens for GRCC winter semester classes, with opportunities to schedule around home, work responsibilities

Oct. 13, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Registration is now open for Winter 2022 classes at Grand Rapids Community College, with opportunities to schedule around home and work responsibilities and connect with support services to help along the way.

About 50 percent of GRCC’s nearly 2,000 available courses are being offered in person, in Grand Rapids and with availability at new GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland Township. Fall 2021 semester enrollment in credit-seeking classes was up by 4.4 percent, so students are encouraged to enroll now for the best class selection.

“We understand the impact a college degree or certificate can have as people return to work or look to advance in their careers,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs.

“There are now a variety of programs that will be able to help people start -- or restart -- their educational journey. Students can take as few as two classes a semester to access state financial aid programs and keep moving forward, working around their busy schedules. It might seem overwhelming to someone who has been away from college for a while, or who is just starting out. We have specialists who want to help you every step of the way.”

GRCC offers courses in other formats that have proven popular, especially with students looking to start or restart their education through Michigan Reconnect, a state program that covers the cost of in-district tuition.

Hybrid classes are conducted partly on campus and partly online. Virtual classes meet online at set times with opportunities to engage with faculty and classmates. Traditional online classes allow students to log in and get started at any time of the day.

GRCC’s enrollment and admissions specialists are able to assist with the process and answer questions. The team can be contacted at admissions@grcc.edu and by phone at (616) 234-3300, with additional information at grcc.edu/enroll.

The Michigan Reconnect program is open to residents 25 and older. Additional information is available at grcc.edu/reconnect, by emailing reconnect@grcc.edu or by calling (616) 234-3366.

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone also removes cost as a barrier to enrolling. Students are eligible if they have lived in the city of Grand Rapids since grade 11, attended one of the 24 high schools in the city limits and graduated. Additional details are at grcc.edu/promisezone, emailing promisezone@grcc.edu or calling (616)234-4321.

Federal programs, such as Pell Grants, also can cover or reduce costs. Students can connect with GRCC financial aid specialists at financialaid@grcc.edu and (616) 234-4030 to learn more, or to receive assistance with the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA.

Open houses are scheduled for students who want to know more about GRCC’s classes and support services, as well as completing placement testing. An event is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at the GRCC Lakeshore Campus, 12355 James St. in Holland Township. Another open house will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Main Campus’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Fall 2021 semester enrollment in credit-seeking classes was up by 4.4 percent. Students can also enroll in career-focused certificate classes, which operate on different schedules. Additional information on those programs can be found at grcc.edu/workforcetraining, or by emailing workforcetraining@grcc.edu and calling (616) 234-3800.

 

 

 

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