Come as a visitor, leave as a student: GRCC Lakeshore Campus plans community open house with enrollment experts on hand

Lakeshore Campus construction.

Grand Rapids Community College will welcome the public to its new Lakeshore Campus with an open house on Aug. 21 – and will be ready to assist anyone who is interested in taking classes.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., area residents can check out the renovations that transformed the former JCPenney space into GRCC’s consolidated Lakeshore home. In addition to refreshments and tours, they can sign up for classes leading to credits for degrees or transfer, or career certificates. Experts from the Enrollment, Financial Aid, the Academic Advising, Student Records, Veterans Benefits, Student Life, Honors, TRiO, and the College Success Center will be on site to help.

“Come in as a visitor; leave as a student,” President Bill Pink said. “Our new campus will allow even more Ottawa County residents to benefit from our life-changing programs. We are excited to have the community visit and have a look at what we know will be a vibrant hub of learning for students of all ages.”

GRCC purchased the 50,000-square-foot space in the Shops at Westshore mall in 2019, consolidating classes and services previously held at four Ottawa County sites. The new facility features classrooms, labs and study spaces along with testing, counseling, and placement services as well as a satellite library.

The campus is centrally located on U.S. 31 and James Street, with a stop on the Macatawa Area Express bus line.

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Tech Tip: Google Calendar RSVP options

Google has made some exciting changes to Google Calendar to make it more flexible in the hybrid workplace that most of us are working in. Users are now able to select new RSVP options indicating how they will join the meeting – in the meeting room (in person), or virtually. 

There is a drop-down menu visible when you press the ‘Yes’ button at the bottom of an invitation. The menu contains two new options – ‘Yes, in a meeting room’ and ‘Yes, joining virtually’. If you choose to attend the meeting in person or in the meeting room then a door icon will be placed next to your name on the invitation. If you choose to join virtually, a camera icon will appear next to your name.  

How to use new RSVP Options

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

CTE Summer Teaching and Learning Institute registration re-opened!

Registration for the CTE Summer Teaching and Learning Institute has re-opened for those who still wish to sign up. Space is limited and registration will only be open until Noon, Monday, August 2nd.

If you have any issues registering please contact Toy McNeal at for help. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the Summer Teaching and Learning Institute experience.

Click here to Register

GRCC In the News, 7/29/2021

Grand Rapids Community College to hold open house for new Lakeshore Campus

July 28, 2021; FOX 17

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College plans to hold an open house for its new Lakeshore Campus on Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., GRCC tells us.

Metallica awards GRCC with another grant for workforce training

July 17, 2021; WGRD

Metallica are continuing to help out students here in Grand Rapids!

The band is awarding Grand Rapids Community College a third grant to continue the school’s program training students for in-demand welding jobs. The $25,000 in scholarships is aimed at helping underserved community members gain skills and hands-on welding experience to land a career in the field.