Leaders at several Michigan universities have encouraged
students to take online classes at home during the fall semester
rather than live on campus.
Community colleges are a strong option for students, especially
freshmen and sophomores, looking to save money in a safe
environment while continuing to earn transfer credits and stay
on track for graduation.
“It’s understandable that many families are evaluating all their
options for the fall and will have many questions,” said Tina
Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Students Affairs.
“Many students are looking to stay close to home, or are taking
all online classes at their universities. GRCC offers quality
classes that will transfer to our four-year partners with an
Hoxie said many university students, especially those looking to
gain general education credits, can benefit from taking classes
at GRCC. The college already is seeing a number of university
students who have decided to spend the semester at GRCC.
With the Aug. 31 start of the fall semester just weeks away,
GRCC’s Academic Advising and Transfer Center team is ready to
answer questions. Express Advising sessions run weekdays through
August, with the schedule available at
Express Registration sessions are planned for 9:30 and 11:30
a.m. Aug. 11, 12 and 13 through the Google Meet program for
students who are ready to enroll. Students also can connect
with a GRCC Student Ambassador for a one-on-one appointment.
Information about both types of sessions is here:
These just-in-time assistance options have been enhanced to help
students during the pandemic.
GRCC’s new Financial Aid Hotline is staffed by experts who can
answer questions about paying for classes and filling out the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA.
Students can call (616) 234-4030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can also take advantage of a payment plan that requires
no money down before Aug. 14 and 25 percent down by Aug. 21.
The college’s Call Center can connect students directly with
staff members who can assist them. That number is (616)
During the pandemic, the college also is offering loaner laptops
and a limited number of wifi access hotspots help students
access virtual, online, and hybrid classes this fall.
GRCC’s fall semester class offerings are intended to provide
options for students to gain an education in the safest possible
The college is expanding the number of virtual classes,
which meet online at specific times using programs such as Zoom,
Google Meet and Blackboard, allowing students to interact with
faculty and classmates in real time.
are entirely online with no set meeting times, and are ideal for
people who work well independently or who need a flexible
have students working mostly online, with limited meetings on
meet on campus at specific times, with proper social distancing
and safety protocols.
It is possible that hybrid and on-campus classes could shift to
remote or online instruction at any time in the event of another
pandemic-related shutdown. GRCC leaders continue to work closely
with state and Kent County health authorities to be on top of
the latest developments.
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.