GRCC staff join student’s support circle



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

April 19, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College staff members joined a student's family and friends in encouraging her to work toward her goals.

Nygie Pegues' son inspired her to give college a try: "I wanted to provide an example for him about what we can do and not just what society says we can do."

Pegues added a job in GRCC's Enrollment Center to her class load and the challenges of being a single mother. Her co-workers joined advisor Victoria Powers, director of the TRIO/Student Support Services program, in providing guidance and support.

"Along the way, there were times I struggled, but with good friends and the support of my mother, I have persevered and consider myself blessed to have had the experiences during my time at GRCC," Pegues said.

Pegues will receive an associate degree at commencement, which takes place 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE. She plans to transfer to either Grand Valley State University or Spring Arbor University to pursue a bachelor's degree in social work and, eventually, a master's. 

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.