Grand Rapids Community College expanded the number of seven-week, late-starting classes it is offering due to increased demand from students who decided to stay closer to home or who are reconsidering plans to take a semester off.
There are about 600 openings remaining for classes offered both online and in-person formats. Many of the classes will start Oct. 20.
“There are still opportunities to take fall classes at GRCC,” said Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of student affairs. “Many students might have been unsure about what to do in the fall semester during the summer or now want to stay closer to home. Our late-starting classes are perfect for students to keep their education on track while staying safe and close to home.”
The School of Arts and Sciences increased the number of classes from 10 to over 40 this semester and added 1,826 seats in late-starting classes since early August.
The Business Department has added 14 new sections of classes since mid-August. According to Felix Pereiro, the head of the Business Department at GRCC, most business courses were moved online.
“Students want to learn and keep moving forward during these challenging times,” Pereiro said. “GRCC is a great transfer institution. Students are taking advantage of that and are saving money in the process by taking business courses with us that transfer to their four-year colleges and universities. We listened to our customers in the community and quickly adjusted our approach to the fall semester.”
Students with questions about late-starting classes can contact the college through email at Here4you@grcc.edu or by calling (616) 234-4111.