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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 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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