GRCC graduate gets chance to switch paths



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

April 19, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College gave a young woman the opportunity to switch plans.

Anne Cheikh was majoring in social work at Grand Valley State University when she realized that she wasn't happy. After some thinking, she decided to study music at GRCC. 

"I knew that GRCC's music program had an excellent reputation and was cost-effective, so switching was an easy decision," she said.

For Cheikh, the entire Music Department became a source of strength.

"I am very pleased by how tightly knit the Music Department is," she said. "My classmates are wonderfully friendly and supportive of one another, which has been a very special experience."

Cheikh will receive an associate degree in music at commencement, which takes place 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE. She plans to work in youth ministry and eventually pursue a bachelor's degree in music therapy. 

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.