Success Stories Archive

Alumnus attests that networking leads to a career

Montcalm Community College challenged Alec Dakin to enhance his critical thinking skills and now he is the co-owner of SureShot Pest Control, LLC, in Greenville. After high school, Dakin enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, which later

Behind the badge

MCC alumna finds her passion in law enforcement Kendra Backing has been intrigued by whodunit mysteries since she was a girl. While attending Belding High School, Backing dual enrolled in a criminal justice class, and that experience

John Peck – Tool and die

John Peck was among the first Greenville Tool and Die workers to earn a certificate at Montcalm Community College. Peck began working in a grocery store in eighth grade for 65 cents per hour. Learning that Greenville

Janet Ravell – Nursing

Janet Ravell was the first nursing student to transfer her credits to Montcalm Community College from another institution. In 1956, she married George Ravell and they started their family. Five years later, she attended Jacksonville Duval County

Andrea (Rockafellow) Edelman

CHANGING COURSE WITH ONE CLASS Andrea Edelman always thought she would be a writer, but one class at Montcalm Community College changed her mind. “In 2008, I took Beginning Photography with Mr. James Kusmierski on a whim, to

Chad Walden MCC Language Arts Instructor

Chad Walden is passionate about helping students develop critical literacy skills that empower them to pursue their dreams. “Educators have an awesome opportunity to powerfully impact the quality of individual students’ lives,” he says. Walden has more

Joel Brouwer: MCC Language Arts Instructor

Dr. Joel R. Brouwer’s goal is to empower his students with knowledge. It’s a passion that has kept him in the classroom for 44 years teaching English and communications. “I teach because I love working with students

Sue Snyder

Sue Snyder never intended to open her own business. But, sometimes the best outcomes are unexpected. Self-employed for 18 years as a piano teacher, Snyder says her first experience as a student at Montcalm Community College in

Breann Gardner

Breann Gardner works with a team of professionals to guide development of television commercials, radio announcements and social media campaigns to bring brand awareness to customers. The 22-year-old Hubbardston native works at Meijer with the brand development

Brian Calley

Brian Calley was sworn in as America’s youngest Lieutenant Governor in January 2011. He was just 34. An Ionia native, he spent a decade working as a community banker before Michigan voters elected him as a state

Katrina Soper

Katrina Soper is an artist, an educator and a leader. She recently wrapped up a busy year serving as Regional Vice President for the Michigan Region of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and was runner-up