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My Story Started at GRCC: Manufacturing program helped Madelynn Pohl work as a machinist while continuing her education

Nov. 15, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

Madelynn Pohl has two jobs now.

Pohl graduated last year from GRCC’s Manufacturing program and now works at Autocam Medical as a machinist. But she’s still a GRCC student, taking electives to transfer to Ferris State University for a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology.

She uses what she learned at GRCC in both roles.

“My GRCC experience was valuable because it was so hands-on,” she said. “I also really appreciated a couple of the teachers I had throughout my associate degree. They taught me things that I use today, and I can help teach others at work the things they taught me.”

One of her favorite classes was MN 200 – Intermediate Machine Operations.

“We had a very small class size, and it allowed for Professor (Jeffery) Tyler to really help each and every one of us,” Pohl said. “All of my classmates really got to bond in that class because we helped each other out – and we had a lot of fun doing it!”

GRCC gave her a place to grow and set her up for success.

“I believe that it makes me a better student and employee because I went through the Tooling and Manufacturing program,” she said.

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