My GRCC Story: When Alec Falicki was ready to continue his education, 'GRCC was waiting for me with open arms'

Nov. 20, 2020, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Alec Falicki, a second-time college student, is willing to wait for his career goal to become reality.

“I had gone to college right out of high school, and I had quickly learned that I was not ready,” Falicki said. “When I decided to pull the trigger again, GRCC was waiting for me with open arms.”

Falicki, who works as a nursing assistant at Emmanuel Hospice, plans to pursue a career as a registered nurse. GRCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program has a waiting list, but Falicki is undeterred.

“I had thought about switching to another community college that had a shorter wait-time for their nursing program,” Falicki said. “It quickly dawned on me that the other college’s admission and support were no match to GRCC’s.

“Despite the longer wait-time to join GRCC’s program, I knew that because of the support I had gotten that GRCC is the smartest route for me. I am willing to wait longer if that means I will have everything I need and I will get an outstanding nursing education.”

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