Registration opens for GRCC winter semester classes, with opportunities to schedule around home, work responsibilities

Registration is now open for Winter 2022 classes at Grand Rapids Community College, with opportunities to schedule around home and work responsibilities and connect with support services to help along the way.

About 50 percent of GRCC’s nearly 2,000 available courses are being offered in person, in Grand Rapids and with availability at new GRCC Lakeshore Campus in Holland Township. Fall 2021 semester enrollment in credit-seeking classes was up by 4.4 percent, so students are encouraged to enroll now for the best class selection.

“We understand the impact a college degree or certificate can have as people return to work or look to advance in their careers,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs.

“There are now a variety of programs that will be able to help people start — or restart — their educational journey. Students can take as few as two classes a semester to access state financial aid programs and keep moving forward, working around their busy schedules. It might seem overwhelming to someone who has been away from college for a while, or who is just starting out. We have specialists who want to help you every step of the way.”

GRCC offers courses in other formats that have proven popular, especially with students looking to start or restart their education through Michigan Reconnect, a state program that covers the cost of in-district tuition.

Hybrid classes are conducted partly on campus and partly online. Virtual classes meet online at set times with opportunities to engage with faculty and classmates. Traditional online classes allow students to log in and get started at any time of the day.

GRCC’s enrollment and admissions specialists are able to assist with the process and answer questions. The team can be contacted at and by phone at (616) 234-3300, with additional information at

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STEMulating Diversity Praxis

𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗠𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝘅𝗶𝘀 is designed to provide administrators and faculty with teaching practices, cultural competence, and methods of research that support inclusivity and innovation.

We are delighted to host Dr. Ebony O. McGee for this important discussion.
Tuesday, October 19, at Noon (EST).

RSVP on Eventbrite:

Student Hub Open House at Ender Hall

Faculty and Staff, please pass this on to students.

The Fall Open House is at the NEW Student Hub in Ender Hall! This hub is an extension of Student Life but on the DeVos campus, and we can’t wait for you to see it for yourself. Hopefully this will be your next favorite spot to meet up.

Stop by between classes and see the new digs. We’ll provide refreshments and a parking pass!

Put it on your calendar for Thursday, October 14. We’ll be there between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

More details on Raider Connect:

Fall Professional Development session just added

An employee learning opportunity was just added for mid-November. This session was held back in October 2020 and we’re giving it another go.

All About CBD

Learn what CBD is, how it works, and why it might be a good option to remedy certain health issues. 

Join us on Friday, November 19 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

GRCC In the News 10/14/2021

GRCC partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer paid health insurance agent apprenticeship program

October 13, 2021; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new apprenticeship program at Grand Rapids Community College is helping students gain the skills they need to become qualified health insurance agents.

Grand Rapids Community College introduces a first in Michigan program

October 13, 2021; WGVU

Grand Rapids Community College is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and West Michigan Works! developing a paid Health Insurance Apprenticeship program.

BCBS creates paid agent training program with Michigan college

October 13, 2021; Becker’s Hospital Review

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is rolling out a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.), where the organizations partner to train health insurance agents.

Good things on The Lakeshore with Shandra Martinez

October 13, 2021; WHTC

HOLLAND (WHTC-AM/FM) — Each week, WHTC morning news anchor Peg McNichol talks with Shandra Martinez, managing editor of The Lakeshore, about people and organizations  making a difference. Below are some of the highlights of their conversation on Oct. 13, 2021. Listen to the podcast: good-things-on-the-lakeshore-oct-13. This week’s topics:

… GRCC’s Secchia Culinary Institute to receive a gift of a piazza. The family of the late Peter Secchia is bestowing a gift inspired by his Italian roots to Grand Rapids Community College’s world-class culinary instruction program that bears his name.

Aquinas College to host a ‘women running for office’ panel

October 13, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — While women have recently won some historic elections across the country and while Michigan’s top three political offices are currently held by women, elected women are still outnumbered 1 to 4 by men.

… On Thursday, Aquinas College will host a “Running for Office” event with a primary focus on the issue of gender parity in elected offices. The panel will include four notable women in elected positions: Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, state Sen. Winnie Brinks, state Rep. Rachel Hood and GRCC Trustee Brandy Lovelady Mitchell. It will be moderated by Shannon Garret, the chief strategy officer for the Michigan Women’s Commission and co-founder of Vote Run Lead.

Morning News

October 14, 2021; WZZM

(Feature on GRCC alumnus Chris Wessley.)