A new agreement will give Grand Rapids Community College students a seamless transfer to a Ferris State University bachelor’s degree in music and entertainment business.

Student with a t-shirt which says, "GRCC Music".

Under the “3+1” program, students can attend GRCC for three years, earning an Associate of Arts in Pre-Music and Entertainment and fulfilling most of the requirements for a Digital Audio Specialist certificate. They will then enter Ferris as seniors to complete work for the bachelor’s degree.

Students with this degree will be prepared for jobs in promotion and production, sales, marketing and management, as well as advertising and public relations, said professor Kevin Dobreff, head of GRCC’s Music Department. 

“The constantly changing landscape of the music and entertainment business has been profoundly impacted by the restrictions of this last year,” he said. “Now, more than ever, our students must learn how to navigate the different ramifications of performing and marketing a product in a virtual world. It is my hope that this new, articulated pre-major program will create a pathway for many of our music and business students who have been uncertain about pursuing a degree that would support that career interest.”     

Students in the program, which launches this fall, will take courses in accounting, statistics and business management, in addition to classes on world music and music theory.

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IT Notification – Feature Update to Google Chat

Google is rolling out an update to the Chat application. Both the web based app and devices running the stand-alone desktop app will receive this update over the next 15 days. The update includes:

  • A new shared file tab along the top of a Chat room, allowing members of the room to quickly access files that have been shared in Chat.
  • A quick access side panel along the right side, allowing you to quickly swap between other Google apps like Calendar, Tasks, Drive, and more.
  • The search bar has been relocated to the left-hand side of the app, under the “+” button. This tool allows you to search for content across all your chat rooms and direct messages.
  • A new toggle to switch between a full-screen view and a pop-up view.
  • Improved Google Meet quick access tool that allows you to join or start a Meet call directly from Chat.

If you use the web app for Chat, there will be no additional steps necessary for this update. If you’re using the desktop Chat app you will begin seeing prompts asking you to update to the latest version. If you would like to learn more about the update, we recommend reading Google’s article.

For more information on installing Google Chat on your computer click here.