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Grant-Funded Wireless Access Upgrade to Benefit Learning for Campus Community, Dual Enrolled Students


Ferris State University’s Big Rapids campus students will enjoy improved wireless connectivity, thanks to an $8,000 grant recently received from the Michigan College Access Network.

Dean of Enrollment Services Kristen Salomonson said that improving available technology to serve parking lots 35 and 37, east of the Interdisciplinary Resource Center and Lot 1, near the University Center, came from Carlton Thompson, an Admissions recruiter.

“Carlton grew up in this area. So, he was aware of the need for improved wireless access both for those in our residence halls and students from area high schools, who have dual enrollment,” Salomonson said. “Many of those who live in more rural settings do not enjoy quality digital access, so they find themselves trying to take examinations with their mobile devices or attempting to research public wireless systems, which can vary in quality. Our hope, during this continuing pandemic, is to assist all our students by increasing connectivity on our campus.”

The upgrade for established access points and additional technology placement should also benefit visitors looking to complete an application to enroll at Ferris, filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form or participating in a college Zoom visit. Salomonson said Physical Plant staff would perform the project’s installation work.

“We expect that this will offer safe and effective wireless access points, both for Ferris students and those who are considering the university as their home for higher education,” Salomonson said. “It is possible the work will be completed before the Fall 2020 semester is complete so students and visitors on campus during the Spring 2021 semester can make use of this improved system.”