With enrollment rising at GRCC Lakeshore Campus, students can learn how college can change their lives at Saturday open house

Enrollment at the Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore Campus is up by more than 20 percent after its first year, and a Saturday open house can help potential students with any questions about enrolling in the future.

Potential students of all ages can learn more about how GRCC can help change their lives at the event, planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the campus, 12335 James St. in Holland.

The event is open to all potential students and families, whether they are considering taking classes at the Lakeshore Campus, on GRCC’s Main Campus in Grand Rapids, or online.

GRCC specialists and faculty can help open house participants navigate through admissions and financial aid processes and discuss eligibility for cost-saving programs such as Michigan Reconnect or scholarships through the GRCC Foundation.

The event also will include tours of the 52,000-square-foot campus, which opened in August 2021 in the Shops at Westshore Mall.

The facility has nine classrooms, four computer labs and five unique labs for biology, chemistry, electronics, automation, welding and machine tooling, housing programs for students working toward an associate degree or a career-focused certificate.

Enrollment at the Lakeshore Campus has increased from 1,025 students in fall 2021 to 1,243 this fall.

“The Lakeshore open house is a great opportunity for people interested in learning more about how a GRCC education can get them the skills, credits or degrees they need to transform their lives,” said Lori Cook, associate dean of Access and First Year Success. “Our new, consolidated GRCC Lakeshore Campus makes an affordable, quality GRCC education more accessible. We encourage people to come and visit whether they are planning to attend, or just want to know more about the new campus and how it benefits the Lakeshore communities.” 

While walk-ins are welcome, students can reserve a spot by registering at grcc.edu/openhouse.

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