GRCC fits into busy mom’s schedule



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

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GRCC fits into busy mom’s schedule

April 19, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A busy wife and mother still found a way to get involved as a Grand Rapids Community College student.

Soyla Lange knew college would be challenging, but she saw it as a way to be a good role model to her children.

 "Coming back to college was a huge transition," she said. "My experience was obviously different than many students -- married and with children, there was no time for a social life."

But Lange found a way to make her mark on campus: as a peer mentor in GRCC's TRIO/Student Support Services program. TRIO works with first-generation college students who meet federal income guidelines.

Lange has been on the Dean's List -- for students with GPAs of 3.5 to 3.999 -- three times. She has made the President's List -- for students with a 4.0 GPA -- twice. She also received an Academic Achievement MICAPP Scholarship.

"These past months have prepared me to be an independent student," she said. "They've given me the confidence to move on to a four-year college knowing that I will always have my TRIO advisors' support."

Lange will receive an Associate of Arts with MACRAO at commencement, which takes place 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE. She plans to study sustainable business at Aquinas College this fall.

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.