School News Network feature: GRCC goes extra mile to help students start successful year

A School News Network feature: GRCC’s approach: Sometimes it takes that extra push.

In an effort to get all prospective students enrolled and ready for class this semester, community college staff used a two-fold approach: outreach and a one-stop event for students to get connected to all sorts of services.

Enrollment team members over the past few weeks called, texted and emailed hundreds of people who had shown interest in enrolling to help them complete the process and be ready for the fall semester, which began Aug. 27. They also hosted “Service Saturday” the weekend before school started, for students to stop in and register in the Enrollment Center at Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.

Staff also hosted a Raider Rally, offering students tours and opportunities to meet with campus activities and connect with resources. More than 700 students and family members attended the event, held in the college's Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

“It’s a great day to be at GRCC,” interim Provost Tina Hoxie said. “It’s always good to remind students we are here to support them and provide the resources they need to be successful.”

Some students have last-minute tasks to complete, and once they do, they feel confident and motivated, she said.  “(This is) the opportunity to get that last bit of business done and ensure a great start.”

Staff at GRCC’s Lakeshore campus are also called 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.

Story by Kent School News Network reporter Erin Albanese.

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