GRCC graduate takes advantage of ‘3+1’ program



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

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April 18, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For one computer information systems major, Grand Rapids Community College was familiar turf before he even started classes here.

Brian Haugen often visited his brother, Leif, while he was studying architecture and design at GRCC. He also was a part of GRCC's dual enrollment program, which allowed him to complete almost a full year's worth of college classes before he graduated from Hudsonville High School. 

Haugen wanted to pursue a network administration career and talked to Luann Keizer, head of the computer information systems department, about GRCC's "3+1" transfer agreement, which allows students to take three years' worth of courses at GRCC and then transfer to Ferris State University for the final year.

"Brian has excelled in GRCC's information security and networking program and has taken a leadership role in his courses," Keizer said. "His diligence has prepared him well to transfer to Ferris for into the computer information technology systems administration and security program."

Haugen has already put his technical skills to good use with a job as tutor in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center's open computer lab.

"I view my position as a student employee at the ATC Open Computer Lab as one of the best experiences I have had in my life!" Haugen said. "I enjoy giving back to the community that I deeply care about, and I believe one of the best ways to help out is by teaching others key skills and knowledge about technology and academic-related material."

Haugen will receive an associate degree in computer information systems-network administration during GRCC's commencement at 7 p.m. April 29 in the Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W. He plans to pursue a bachelor's degree at FSU in computer information, technology and security  (CIT-SAS) - with additional certificates in digital security and forensics. 

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.