May 21 Update

Dear Students,

Thousands of West Michigan residents gather for school and work each day at GRCC. As such, we believe we need to be careful to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and region.  With this in mind, we will be providing all classes that begin June 30 or later in either online or remote formats.

Please review the important details below regarding the impact this will have on your summer class(es):

  • Classes that were scheduled as “Online” will be offered as planned.
  • Classes that were scheduled to be delivered in person will be changed to one of two formats. These designations will be listed in the course description within the Online Center or ClassFinder:
    • Asynchronous Online Learning Course -- This is what we have traditionally referred to as an Online Course. This is a semester-long remote course designed to be delivered and completed asynchronously (i.e., you complete your assignments at your own time and pace while meeting the course deadlines).  There are no scheduled meetings for these courses, although assignment due dates are clearly established.
    • Synchronous Online Learning Course -- This course meets online at specific dates and times. Much of the course instruction for this format will be delivered synchronously -- in real time -- through tools such as Blackboard, Google Meet, or Zoom. Students will complete the other aspects of the course on their own time and pace while meeting course due dates.
    • These course changes will be occurring soon. A notice will be sent to your GRCC email if your course is being changed to one of the two options listed above. Continue to monitor your GRCC email for these updates.
  • There may be some limited exceptions for courses to meet in person when face-to-face instruction is required to meet the course outcomes. These exceptions will be offered only in courses within our School of Workforce Development (e.g., Manufacturing, Dental, Nursing) when our faculty and facilities can exercise the use of personal protection standards as well as cleaning protocols to ensure the safety of students. If you are enrolled in such a course, you will be notified by your faculty with the details for participation.

We will continue to offer student and academic support services -- such as advising, tutoring, financial aid -- in online and remote delivery formats during the remainder of the summer semester.

If you need a laptop to participate in an online or remote course, please use this form to request one on loan from our Information Technology Department.

Please reply to this email or reach out to our call center at (616) 234-4000 if you have any questions or need assistance with your summer course registration. 

Take Care,
Brian Knetl, EdD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs