Since Muskegon Community College opened the Grand Haven campus two years ago, enrollment there has jumped by 40 percent.
Two-hundred students enrolled for the inaugural fall 2012 term. Last fall, 255 students were enrolled. It has grown to 280 students for the upcoming fall semester, which begins Aug. 25.
A flier promoting the Grand Haven campus prompted Liz Reaume to go back to school. The Grand Haven woman said the proximity to her house and job makes the Community Center more convenient than driving to MCC’s Muskegon campus.
“It’s right here, I can do this,” she said.
For the past several weeks, Reaume and a handful of other students have sat in a computer lab in the Community Center’s lower level to learn about computers.
The college leases three classrooms at the center, a 29-computer lab and a commons area for a total of about 6,700 square feet. Counselors and advisers also hold office hours at the site.
MCC offers courses such as physical education, English, biology, business classes, psychology, sociology and philosophy in Grand Haven. Although some courses are offered in conjunction with classes at the main campus, the number of Grand Haven courses is increasing along with the jump in enrollment, said Cheryl Flannery, the college’s course and extension center coordinator.
“We’re very excited about it and pleased to be in the community,” she said.
The location also attracted Holland resident Patty Hoobler. Hoobler, who is studying early childhood education, said it saves her time and money on gasoline. Her commute from Holland to Grand Haven trims 15 minutes or more from having to drive to the Muskegon campus.