Three Grand Rapids Community College teams were winners at the recent MWest Challenge student venture competition.
The next 499 GRCC students who pass a Microsoft Office-related course may take the matching certification exam for free.
A student found that online classes were the perfect solution to the problem of a busy schedule. Monica Hale always knew that she would start at GRCC: "I have lived in West Michigan all of my life, and GRCC is renowned for being a great stepping stone to other universities."
When Alejandra Ledesma decided to become a teacher, she knew where her education would start: GRCC.
"GRCC has been a significant part of my family," she said. "While our family grew, with two beautiful daughters, my husband was still able to complete his undergraduate degree and graduate degree because of the options at GRCC through Ferris State University.
GRCC gave a young woman the opportunity to switch plans. Anne Cheikh was majoring in social work at Grand Valley State University when she realized that she wasn't happy. After some thinking, she decided to study music at GRCC. "I knew that GRCC's music program had an excellent reputation and was cost-effective, so switching was an easy decision," she said.
GRCC was the valuable first step that first-generation student Isabel Vargas has took to her future. "I wanted to first get a feeling of what it was like to take college courses, and I wanted to get familiar with all the resources that were out there to help me succeed, she said."
GRCC staff members joined a student's family and friends in encouraging her to work toward her goals. Nygie Pegues added a job in GRCC's Enrollment Center to her class load and the challenges of being a single mother.
A Grand Rapids Community College student is grateful to a business professor who saw her potential. She enrolled at GRCC with plans to major in accounting through the "3+1" transfer agreement with Davenport University. Rena Curtis has spent a major portion of her time at GRCC in the Business Tutorial and Computer Lab. There, she found crucial support that helped her reach her goal of earning a 4.0 GPA.
GRCC helped one young man build the skills he will need to succeed at a four-year institution. Daniel Lopez was uncertain of his future plans when he arrived at GRCC, but he knew he wanted to be in a field where he could help people.