After a successful first semester for classes at the Grand Haven Community Center, Muskegon Community College officials and students say they're excited about next year's possibilities.
The college created a larger presence in Ottawa County this fall by offering four courses at the Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave.
Previously, MCC students could take classes at Grand Haven High School and Spring Lake Middle School.
Throughout all three locations, about 200 students were enrolled during the fall semester, said Dr. John Selmon, the college's vice president for student services.
Selmon said they are looking to grow the Grand Haven campus by offering more courses and presenting dual-enrollment opportunities with local high schools.
During the upcoming winter semester, one course will be offered at Spring Lake Middle School and more than a dozen are available for registration at the Grand Haven Community Center.
Selmon said they will renovate three classrooms at the Community Center, with one being a computer lab, to better meet their needs.
"MCC is excited about the possibilities in Ottawa County and look forward to continually serving that part of the region,” he said.
Holland resident Amy Greenlee said taking general education courses in addition to classes at Hope College was easier with MCC's Grand Haven Community Center campus. Greenlee, 21, said the location was more convenient than traveling to the Muskegon campus because her parents live in Grand Haven.
Grand Haven resident Hayley Start, 20, said the Community Center campus made it easier to get to her three fall semester courses.
Since her car wasn’t running, Start said she was able to take a Harbor Transit bus to class, which wouldn’t have been possible to get to the Muskegon campus. Instead, Start said she would have been forced to deal with the hassle of finding a ride from friends who have different schedules.
“I’m grateful they have it here,” she said.
Muskegon Community College important dates:
— Winter classes begin Jan. 7
— Last day to drop classes is Jan. 14
— To register for courses online, visit muskegoncc.edu