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  • January 26, 2018 by Challenge Scholars Staff

    Student Feature: Charbert Fitz

    Charbert Fitz has his eye on Michigan State University. One of his favorite NFL running backs, Le’Veon Bell went to MSU, and Charbert is interested in State’s law enforcement program. Charbert signed up to be a Challenge Scholar when he was a sixth grader at Westwood Middle School and he is currently a freshman at Union High School. He knows that as long as he stays on track with his grades, attendance and behavior, his dream of being a Spartan can absolutely come true. And that’s exciting...

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  • January 26, 2018 by Challenge Scholars Staff

    Union High Aluma Back to Help Redhawks Succeed

    Today, Marisol Blanco is associate director of the Grand Rapids Community College Success Center. Her journey to this position started over a decade ago when she was a student at Union High School. At Union High, Marisol had been a top student academically. She was offered many experiences and opportunities that were not available to her peers. “Because of the caseload, often times kids at the top and kids who are most vulnerable get all the support from school staff. There’s a large group of...

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  • August 25, 2017 by Challenge Scholars Staff

    Student Feature: Cody Garrison

    When Kara Garrison first heard about the Challenge Scholars program, her son Cody was a fifth grade student at Harrison Park School. “It was the number one factor in sending him on to Westwood Middle School and now Union High School. I couldn’t wait to learn more about Challenge Scholars. It takes a huge load off of us and has really given him motivation,” she said. Cody is now a freshman at Union and is very focused on the years ahead. “Challenge Scholars makes college so attainable. All you...

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  • August 25, 2017 by Rebecca Back, Challenge Scholars College and Career Coordinator at Westwood Middle School

    Challenge Scholars Staff: Meet Rebecca Back

    Hi, my name is Rebecca Back and I am the Challenge Scholars College and Career Coordinator at Westwood Middle School. I am originally from Kalamazoo, and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. I previously worked at Catholic Charities for the Healthy Start program. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I love experiencing new cultures and lived in Costa Rica for four months during college.  I am passionate about working one-on-one with students,...

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  • April 27, 2017 by Challenge Scholars Staff

    Why is Community College Important for Your Student?

    When you think about going to college, you might think about dorms and big college campuses. While many people choose to take that route, others find that path to be too expensive or too far from home or work. Or for others, they are still trying to figure out what they'd like to do after graduation. It makes sense for these students to find their passion at a community college which has a broad range of opportunities. In Grand Rapids, we have Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), right in the...

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