GRCC planning fall semester with more on-campus classes, additional supports to reflect lessons learned during pandemic

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Grand Rapids Community College is preparing for a fall 2021 semester with more in-person classes and student services, a continued focus on safety — and a reflection of lessons learned for increased opportunities to serve all students and West Michigan.

“Our community is emerging from the pandemic, and the community’s college will play a key role in helping people continue their education and West Michigan getting back to work,” GRCC President Bill Pink said.

“I hesitate to say we’ll be back to normal, because this virus and the racial and social issues we’ve faced as a nation highlighted the inequities in the previous normal. We’re coming back with a new normal, with a greater on-campus presence but also more classes and support services offered in ways that make them more accessible to more students. We will be a better institution because of what we have learned from navigating this pandemic.”

About 80 percent of GRCC classes were partly or entirely offered virtually during the 2020-2021 academic year. A significant number of fall 2021 classes will be on campus or through a hybrid format, conducted in a way that provides safety for students and employees.

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