Jun 17, 2024  
2011-2013 Catalog-EXPIRED 

Continuing Education / Workforce Training

Welcome to Continuing Education and Professional Development at Grand Rapids Community College

Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) offers a challenging array of innovative programs, workshops and non-credit courses. Our goal is to deliver learning opportunities through a variety of instructional formats and to provide flexibility for the modern lifelong learner. We invite you to explore our dynamic offerings.

Through partnerships, we offer everything from a one-hour workshop to a year-long certificate program. We are authorized to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), representing the highest quality standards in the industry.

Whether your goal is to expand and improve your career skills, acquire certifications or re-certifications, or just learn something new, we can help. If you don’t find what you are looking for in this catalog or on our Web site, please let us know, as we are continually adding workshops and seminars to better serve the learning needs in our community.

Program Overview

Professional Development

Current professional development workshops are found in these categories:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Allied Health
  • Automotive Re-certifications
  • Construction Trades / Green Building
  • Dental
  • Energy
  • Innovation
  • Market Diversification
  • Plastics/Composites
  • Quality
  • Small Business
  • Social Worker
  • Sustainability
  • Wellness

Since workshop topics change frequently, to get the latest information about what is available now, please visit our Web site at www.grcclearn.com or call us at (616) 234-3400.

Online Courses/Ed2Go

While GRCC is accredited by the North Central Accreditation Association, courses offered and/or certifications in partnership with Thomson Learning Systems are not authorized by GRCC to receive credit or Prior Learning Assessment recognition for the College or for transfer from GRCC to any other institution, or for financial aid.

If you are thinking you don’t have time to take a class, or what we offer through the classroom doesn’t work with your schedule, you should consider an online class with Ed2Go.

Through a national partnership with the industry leader in online learning, Thomson Learning Systems, we can offer you over 300 fully interactive online non-credit courses that are taken entirely over the Internet.

Ed2Go is the world’s largest provider of online courses for adults. All of these courses include expert instructors, many of whom are recognized authors. Through Ed2Go, new instructor-facilitated courses start each month. All courses run for six weeks (with a two-week grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any of these courses entirely from your home or office and at any time of the day or night.

Topics range from Anatomy to Web Design and include health care, personal interest, and business administration. These courses are affordable, convenient, fun, fast, highly interactive and geared just for you.

Ed2Go instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. It’s no wonder that many long-lasting friendships have formed in our lively and intelligent discussion areas.

Registration is fast, easy and available via the Ed2Go Web site at www.ed2go.com/grcc. Join nearly a million satisfied users around the country who have enjoyed a positive learning experience with Ed2Go.

Here is just a sample of the types of courses that are available:

GRCC’s Ed2Go Top Ten

  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Introduction to PC Troubleshooting
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Speed Spanish
  • Professional Sales Skills
  • Purchasing Fundamentals
  • Creating Web Pages
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Grammar Refresher
  • Administrative Assistant Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Photoshop

Here is what some students are saying:

After taking the course Get Assertive!, one participant said, “This course has taught me how to use my power of assertiveness to make changes in my life, making it happier and more fulfilling. I strongly recommend both this course and instructor.”

After taking Introduction to Algebra.…”This online course was wonderful. Having quizzes available for studying was a big help, and it eliminated my fear of taking the final. Each lesson kept my interest, and it wasn’t just a bunch of numbers.”

Life Enrichment

At GRCC, we are passionate about lifelong learning. We believe that in order to have a healthy and fulfilling life, learning must continue throughout life.

How Do I Get Started?


There are several ways to register for a workshop through Continuing Education and Professional Development. Payment is due at the time of registration. Registration is not considered confirmed until payment has been received.

Web site: www.grcclearn.com
E-mail: continuingeducation@grcc.edu
Phone: (616) 234-3400

Mail: Continuing Education
Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295

Checks should be made payable to:
Grand Rapids Community College

Cancellation Policy

In the event that a participant needs to cancel enrollment, notification of cancellation is required 2 weeks prior to the start of each course.

When necessary, refunds are processed the last day of the month, according to this schedule:

  • Cancellation notice provided 2 weeks prior to workshop—100% refund
  • Cancellation notice provided 9 working days prior to workshop—no refund

Other Resources

There are several areas of GRCC that offer additional types of non-credit workshops, training, and certifications. For more information on what these other areas of the College have to offer, please refer to the following departments:

  • For business and employee training, contact Workforce Training
  • For occupational skills training and/or re-training, contact Job Training.
  • For many offerings for those 65 and older, contact the Older Learner Center.
  • For career services, contact the Career Resource and Development Center.