Aug. 14, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With Grand Rapids Community College classes starting in two weeks, enrollment team members are taking the proactive step of calling hundreds of potential students to help them complete the process and be ready for the fall semester.
The team also is reaching out to students through texts and email, and has scheduled a “Service Saturday” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 to process applications immediately
“We know an education can transform someone’s life, so we are taking extra steps to connect with potential students and help them be ready for the fall semester,” interim Provost Tina Hoxie said. “Whether people are looking for credits toward a degree or to transfer, or for in-demand skills for rewarding careers, GRCC is the right place for students of all ages. We don’t want anyone to miss this opportunity.”
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. 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.
The “GRCC Service Saturday” event can help students complete enrollment next steps, meet with academic advisors, and get their financial aid questions answered. It takes place in the Enrollment Center at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, formerly known as the Main Building, at 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. Anyone with questions can call the center at (616) 234-3300.
Staff at GRCC’s Lakeshore campus are also calling hundreds of students who started the enrollment process, said Dan Clark, dean of Academic Outreach and the Lakeshore Campus. People can earn certificates for career programs or credits for an associate degree in Holland locations.
“There are so many opportunities for Lakeshore residents to start an education, or even gain new skills to advance in their careers,” Clark said. “We’re contacting people individually because we don’t want anyone to miss out on what can be a life-changing education. If anyone has questions or need assistance, we’re here to help.”
The college also is offering “Free Parking Fridays” on Aug. 16 and 23 on the Grand Rapids campus for those seeking services from the Enrollment Center, Student Records Office, Cashier's, Financial Aid Department, or who are meeting with an academic advisor.
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.