By Sean Chase
In response to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Grand Rapids Community College students and potential students, have decided to place their educational pursuits on hold.
As the deadline to apply for the 2021 winter semester approaches, many of those same students are having a hard time finding the information to get their educational career restarted. In an effort to make the process easier, GRCC is holding a virtual open house on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“There are many people who delayed their education because of uncertainty caused by the pandemic, and the upcoming winter 2021 semester is a great opportunity to get back on track,” stated Tina Hoxie, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, in a press release.
The virtual open house will help with class enrollment, especially for those hoping to take advantage of Michigan’s newest educational assistance programs aimed to alleviate tuition costs for front line workers and graduates of Grand Rapids high schools. GRCC college experts will be available, during the open house, to answer any questions that students have.
“Opportunities such as Futures for Frontliners and the Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarships can remove cost as an obstacle, and GRCC offers classes in a variety of formats and schedules,” stated Hoxie. “A virtual open house is a great way to find out what might work best for you.”
The three-hour event will cover a variety of topics including, the steps to apply to GRCC, how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, eligibility for the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship and Futures for Frontliners program, and the opportunities available at GRCC’s Holland and Lakeshore campuses.
If you’re interested in attending the open house, you must fill out the registration paperwork, available at grcc.edu/openhouse, before it closes on Friday, at 11:59 p.m. Attendees of the virtual open house will be entered to win a $500 GRCC scholarship.