Press release: GRCC graduation celebrates accomplishments in GED, ESL, citizenship, career readiness programs

June 12, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A June 13 graduation at Grand Rapids Community College will recognize 528 students who have earned their general equivalency diploma, ESL credentials, U.S. citizenship, financial literacy completion or National Career Readiness certificates.

Jennifer Pascua, a reporter and anchor at WZZM TV, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony, which starts at 7 p.m. in GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse. Also involved in the event will be: Dr. Steven C. Ender, GRCC president; Richard W. Verburg, GRCC board of trustees chairman; David Selmon, GRCC director of adult education; Kurt Johnson, executive director of dual enrollment with Grand Rapids Public Schools; Sister Carmen Rostar; Renee Williams, assistant vice president of community development at Huntington Bank; Julie Parks, GRCC director of workforce training and Tassell M-TEC; GRCC academic adviser Fatima Nieves; Dr. John Cowles, GRCC dean of student success and retention; and GRCC instructors Paul Meek, Ben Reynolds, Anya Van Elderen and Sharon Umlor.

The graduation will recognize students for their accomplishments in GRCC’s Learning Corners programs, which are based at 1154 Wealthy St. SE and in Tassell M-TEC, Godfrey Avenue SW. The Learning Corners are go-to sites for learning English, building computer skills, getting a workforce certificate, and preparing for the citizenship test, GED tests and college.

“The graduates in these GRCC programs are great examples of how the right attitude and hard work make things
happen when it comes to setting and accomplishing personal goals,” said President Ender. “We’re proud to celebrate with these students and their families.”

The ceremony will recognize students who:

  • earned a GED (65 students)
  • scored 236 or higher in the ESL Reading and/or Listening CASAS (38 students)
  • earned an Educational Functional Level credential (198 students)
  • became U.S. citizens (27 students)
  • completed the Financial Literacy course (100 students)
  • received a National Career Readiness certificate (100 students).

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.