Ferris graduate adds to marketability with GRCC degree



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

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April 18, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Ferris State University student turned to Grand Rapids Community College to make her more marketable.

Megan Jaesche was working on a teaching degree at FSU but wanted to add an early childhood credential before applying for positions. 

"I did my research and spoke with friends who have completed the early childhood program at GRCC, and they had nothing but good things to say, so I decided to give it a try." she said. "My goals back then were the same as they are now: to make the most out of my time there and to learn as much as possible to make me the best teacher I can be."

Jaesche found a solid program, and inspiration in assistant professor Keri Davis.

"I started off taking a special education course with her, and it was then that I realized the passion she has for teaching children and also college students," Jaesche said. "She is a teacher who truly does what is best for students."

Davis said Jaesche will herself be an inspiration to the students in her future.

"Megan is a fantastic student with a heart for the field of child development and education," Davis said. "She is self-motivated, creative and has developed strong relationships with the children she is working with."

Jaesche will receive an associate degree in early childhood education during GRCC's commencement at 7 p.m. April 29 at Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W. 

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.