GRCC prepares student for move to four-year school



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

April 19, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College helped one young man build the skills he will need to succeed at a four-year institution.

Daniel Lopez was uncertain of his future plans when he arrived at GRCC, but he knew he wanted to be in a field where he could help people.

Getting involved on campus helped him build his support network.

"I became a member of the Hispanic Student Organization and Phi Theta Kappa," he said. "HSO helped me meet other Hispanic and Latino students who are seeking a post-secondary education."

Lopez, a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, said he learned how to balance academics, work and a personal life at GRCC.

"My community college experience has taught me to seek faculty feedback and how to develop strong relationships with faculty, which has been a tool that has allowed me better understand what is expected of me in the academic field," he said. 

Lopez wants to travel and, eventually, conduct research on the effects that deportation has on undocumented immigrants and their children. He will receive an associate degree at commencement, which takes place 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE. 

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.