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GRCC transfer fair offers students a chance to review the next step in education pathway

College representatives and GRCC students at a previous transfer fair on campus (Photo by John Rothwell)

By Colin Hubbell

On Monday, Oct. 18 Grand Rapids Community College will be holding its annual Transfer Fair on the first floor of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Transfer Fair is an opportunity for students to learn about the possibilities of transferring their credits to other colleges. The fair consists of a wide variety of different colleges and universities, with most being in state. However, there are some schools from Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Over 40 colleges or universities will have stations set up where students are free to walk around and talk to representatives between said stations. Most representatives from each school will be physically there. However, University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy and Columbia College Chicago will all be there virtually.

The point of the transfer fair is to provide students an opportunity to ask questions, obtain transfer resources, learn about transfer requirements and deadlines. 

As an extra bonus, some colleges and universities hand out promotional items. No RSVP is required for students who want to attend the fair and learn more about each institution.

Jo Grutter, 19, of Rockford, is a second-year student at GRCC who is studying network administration. She plans to transfer to Ferris State University, a university that will be present at the fair. She has never attended a transfer fair before, but thinks it would be important to attend.

“It would help people who are on the fence or don’t know their options,” Grutter said, adding that she first heard of it this year through a group chat among fellow students.

Bee Locke, 20, from Grand Rapids, is a first-year student that is currently undecided when it comes to their studies at GRCC, but is expressing interest in foreign language and photography. 

“I definitely need to know more, and I say that’s probably the best way to know more about this (transferring),” Locke said. 

Whichever career path Locke picks, they would like to transfer their credits to a university in Michigan. Locke was made aware of the transfer fair through an email sent to GRCC students. Although Locke has never been to a transfer fair before, they would like to give it a look in order to know more about transferring.

“I think it’s going to help me look at my options after GRCC,” they said. “It’s a good thing that they’re offering”.

Like many other students at GRCC, both Grutter and Locke mentioned they weren’t well informed  about transfer fairs at GRCC. For more information about the annual fair, visit the transfer fair webpage.


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