The college's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a lease with the city of Grand Haven on Wednesday. The school is now open at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave.
The original start date was Aug. 6.
“We got started a little bit early,” said the college's director of community relations, Tina Dee. “Students can stop in and enroll.”
The Grand Haven center is open from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays.
The fall semester begins Aug. 27 with four to five classes and a 19-to-1 student-teacher ratio, according to Dee. An expanded winter semester kicks off in early January.
The official lease begins Jan. 1. Until then, the college will occupy the upper level of the Community Center under a short-term agreement. In January, the school will move operations to the center's lower level.
The North Ottawa County Council on Aging, which currently leases the lower level, is slated to move its operations to a strip mall at the southwest corner of Beacon Boulevard and Taylor Avenue.
City Manager Pat McGinnis said City Council, which will vote on the lease at its Aug. 6 meeting, is already onboard and enthusiastically supportive of a higher education presence in Grand Haven.
The school will pay $60,000 per year, plus 21 percent of utilities and $800 per month custodial fees, according to McGinnis.
MCC will host a Fall Enrollment Fair in the lower level of Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., from 4-7 p.m. July 26.
Call 866-711-4622 or visit muskegoncc.edu/ottawa for class schedules and information.
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