May 17, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College will celebrate the achievements of students in Adult Education programs with a ceremony tonight.
Yunet Faza Gonzalez, one of 177 students graduating from the program, found the perfect fit with the CNC Machining Level 1 class, which combines English as a second language coursework with technical skills.
"I had taken some accounting classes in the past and liked working with numbers, and CNC Machining lets me combine that skill with technology in a hands-on career," she said. "I'm looking forward to the next step in my career as a CNC technician working in AutoCAD."
GRCC Adult Education programs are intended to help students build skills for college and careers. They are funded by the Michigan Workforce Development Agency.
"We're working to help people in West Michigan get the skills they need to be successful," said Associate Dean David Selmon, who oversees the program. "It does not matter how old you are, what language you speak, or how much education you have. Adult Education can help you get from where you are, to where you want to go."
The celebration starts at 7 p.m. today in the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC facility, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW. The graduates include:
- 108 students in English as a second language classes.
- 36 students earning National Career Readiness certificates.
- 21 students earning U.S. citizenship.
- Seven students completing the Adult Education Program.
- Five students completing the CNC Machining Level 1 class.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 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.