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GRCC offering remote, in-person and hybrid classes

Faculty and staff are welcoming students back Aug. 31 using four different styles of instruction to meet varying needs while using strict safety measures.

Depending on the course and program, instruction will be led remotely, in-person or as a combination of both, said GRCC Communications Director David Murray. Here are the details:

  • The college is expanding the number of virtual classes, which meet online at specific times using programs such as Zoom, Google Meet and Blackboard, allowing students to interact with faculty and classmates in real time.
  • Online classes are entirely online with no set meeting times, and are ideal for people who work well independently or who need a flexible schedule.
  • Hybrid classes have students working mostly online, with limited meetings on campus.
  • On-campus classes meet on campus at specific times, with proper social distancing and safety protocols.

It is possible that hybrid and on-campus classes could shift to remote or online instruction at any time in the event of another pandemic-related shutdown, Murray said. GRCC leaders continue to work closely with state and Kent County health authorities to be on top of the latest developments.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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