July 13, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – New Grand Rapids Community College students will learn how they can connect with support services and thrive during their college experience during the third annual – but first virtual -- Raider Nation Day.
The event is planned for 10 a.m. to noon July 14. It includes students graduating from 30 public, public charter and private schools within the city of Grand Rapids, and the districts of Kentwood, Wyoming, Godwin Heights and Kelloggsville.
Students will be able to communicate with presenters and ask questions in real time. The event is free, but registration is required and is available here.
“We want our students to know they are never alone on this journey,” said David Selmon, GRCC’s associate dean for K-12 enrollment. “There are caring, passionate people who are ready to help them every step of the way. Raider Nation Day is our opportunity to tell students we are thrilled to welcome them to the GRCC family and connect them and their families with those resources.”
Experts will share tips on enrolling and academic advising, financial aid and paying for college, student groups and activities, and other aspects of college life.
Students will hear about academic success strategies, expectations and college culture, including effective study tactics and methods to manage school, work, family and fun. They also will hear from current students about how GRCC is helping them succeed, and they will learn how to prepare themselves to navigate their collegiate journey.
Students also can learn how campus organizations, including TRIO, ALAS, NIA, and Brother 2 Brother, can provide community and support.
Parents will receive information and advice to help support their college students from behind the scenes.
Grand Rapids Community College offers learners of all ages opportunities to gain credits for degrees or transfer and in-demand career skills leading to rewarding careers. GRCC was established in 1914 – Michigan’s first community college -- and offers affordable classes on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online at locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.