GRCC students, faculty helping with virtual learning questions and concerns through digital forum

May 26, 2020 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Virtual learning will be a new experience for many students, and they might have questions and concerns. Grand Rapids Community College faculty, staff – and fellow students -- are ready to help.

The college is hosting a live, virtual event from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, through Zoom. Participants will sign in to watch the event through YouTube Live using a Gmail accounts. Students can access the event through YouTube.

The event will include a question-and-answer session with a panel of GRCC students and representatives from the college’s admissions and enrollment team, financial aid experts, and academic advising staff members.

Colleges across the nation transitioned to distance learning in March in response to the COVID-19 crisis. GRCC has continued to deliver instruction for most classes and student services in online and remote delivery formats for the two summer sessions. Some classes in the School of Workforce Development and Job Training programs will be offered on-campus.

GRCC is working toward the return of some on-campus instruction for the Fall 2020 semester, in addition to a robust schedule of hybrid and enhanced distance learning options.

The online learning informational event will include students sharing their experiences with distance learning and offering tips for success.

Professor Andrew Rozema, a nationally known cybersecurity expert and head of GRCC’s Computer Information Systems Department, will lead a class demonstration, talk about faculty expectations and technology needs, and review the college’s online Blackboard program.

GRCC offers a variety of support services to help students be successful. Raynard Ross, associate dean of Student Success and Retention, will talk about these resources and how students can access them.

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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