Officials from the Muskegon-based college said 161 students have enrolled in courses at three locations: Grand Haven High School, Spring Lake Middle School and the recently opened facility at the Grand Haven Community Center.
Fifteen courses are offered for the fall semester in Ottawa County, compared to seven last year.
Dr. John Selmon, the college's vice president of student affairs, said their original enrollment goal for this fall was 120 students. He said they plan to offer more courses in Ottawa County, based on inquiries from current and prospective students.
"We hope to grow our enrollment numbers in Ottawa County, perhaps doubling them by next fall semester,” Selmon said.
For Eryn Gregory, 19, taking MCC courses at the Grand Haven Community Center means a shorter commute. Although she’s still taking one class at the Muskegon campus this fall, the 2011 Spring Lake High School graduate took all of her classes there last year. That means about a 15-minute drive each way.
Driving to the Community Center takes Gregory just five minutes from her home.
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