January 2, 2020, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College leaders are making it easier for people to register for winter semester classes with two “GRCC Service Saturdays” intended to accelerate the application process and help people start an educational pathway to success.
Service Saturdays are planned for January 4 and January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, formerly Main Building, at 143 Bostwick Ave. NE in Grand Rapids. People also can get information online at grcc.edu/registration and by calling the Enrollment Center at (616) 234-3300.
The events can help students complete enrollment next steps, meet with academic advisors, and get their financial aid questions answered – all with a goal of being enrolled and ready to be in class by the Jan. 13 start of the semester.
“We want people to make registration their resolution for 2020,” Associate Provost Tina Hoxie said. “A GRCC degree or professional certificate can make all the difference in a person’s life. We are focused on giving potential students of all ages access to that education, whether they are looking for credits toward a degree or to transfer, or for in-demand skills for rewarding careers.”
There were about 280,000 adults in Kent and Ottawa counties who have not attended college or have not completed a degree or certificate, according to 2017 statistics from the federal government’s American Communities Survey.
GRCC leaders want lower that number and help more people gain an education by offering classes at imore convenient times and by keeping costs affordable.
New this winter semester is an expanded offering of Saturday classes, intended to make attending college more accessible for adults with busy schedules. The college will offer Saturday classes in topics including algebra, English, and sociology. Classes are offered in Grand Rapids, with some sections also available at the Lakeshore Campus.
The Saturday classes complement current offerings that provide flexibility to students, including online classes and hybrid classes that allow students to work online in addition to classroom sessions.
GRCC has taken steps to keep that opportunity affordable. The college has increased tuition by just $1 per credit in each of the past two years – 0.8 percent. GRCC tuition is $115 per contact hour for in-district students, compared to nearly $500 per credit for the average public college and almost $1,000 per credit for the average private college.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.