GRCC shifts first summer session to distance learning as college works to slow spread of coronavirus

April 8, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College summer session classes beginning in May will take place through distance learning as the college continues to work to slow the spread of coronavirus.

GRCC’s summer schedule has two seven-week sessions and one 14-week session, with most classes starting on May 11. Those classes will be conducted through distance learning as the college works with state and local authorities in response to the global pandemic.

The second seven-week session, scheduled to begin June 30, is set to offer classes through both distance learning and face-to-face instruction. GRCC leaders will determine by May 22 if any changes need to be made to the second seven-week schedule.

“These are difficult decisions during challenging times,” GRCC Provost Brian Knetl said. “But we’ve also watched students, faculty and staff rise to the occasion. We’ve not wavered in our focus to provide a robust education while keeping safety and wellness our top priority.”

Students can still register for summer courses at Students already enrolled for summer 2020 are receiving direct communication in their GRCC email on schedule adjustments for their classes.

The college will temporarily waive online course fees for students who have only the option for distance learning during the 14-week and first seven-week sessions.

Knetl said the college is committed to helping students succeed, with support services such as advising and counseling taking place remotely. Staff from the Enrollment Center, the College Success Center and the Library and Learning Commons also are available to answer questions and assist with enrollment.

Students can contact GRCC’s Call Center at (616) 234-4000 for questions and information about summer enrollment.

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.

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