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Enrollment down as summer classes set to begin May 11

Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center located on Fountain St.

The first segment of summer classes at Grand Rapids Community College begins May 11. These classes will be remote as COVID-19 continues to permeate the community. 

Decisions regarding the instruction modality for the second segment of summer classes, beginning June 30, will be made by May 22. 

Because of the online learning format and the great toll the coronavirus has taken, enrollment at GRCC is down. As of Tuesday, 5,144 students are enrolled in the first segment of summer classes. This is down roughly 9% from original projections, according to Lisa Freiburger, GRCC Vice President for Finance & Administration. Last summer, 6,066 students were enrolled in summer classes at GRCC.

In an effort to minimize the financial burden on students, officials at the college have announced that they will be waiving the typical fees students are charged each semester to cover technology, record keeping, facilities and student activities. This will save people approximately $200. 

“We know people are hurting right now,” GRCC President Bill Pink said in a statement. “We want to make it easier for people to start – or resume — an education to prepare for their next step. GRCC will play an important role in getting West Michigan back to work. We want to remove as many barriers as we can to best serve our community.” 

The lost revenue from fees will be offset by federal stimulus money that GRCC will receive. 

There is still time to sign up for summer classes. Follow these steps to register for classes. While the campus is closed, virtual appointments can be made. If you need additional help enrolling, you can contact the Admissions and Enrollment Center at (616)234-3300. For help selecting classes best suited for yourself, contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center at (616)234-3900. 

Students who are in need of additional assistance can get access to college and community resources via grcc.edu/gethelp. There is a weekly organized food distribution through curbside pickup. The next one is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 on Lyon Street near Olivarez Plaza. More details and additional dates can be found here.