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LCC Foundation Annual Breakfast Celebrates Education

Friday, September 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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 LCC Foundation Annual Breakfast Celebrates Education

Community celebrates scholarship recipients and thanks donors who made it all possible

 LANSING, MI – The Lansing Community College Foundation held its annual breakfast yesterday at The Lansing Center. Community members came out to celebrate the scholarship recipients of the H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program, LCC Foundation and Lansing Promise, while honoring the many donors that made the dream of higher education possible for many students.

The presentations began with Joan Bauer, former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, who welcomed the crowd and introduced the keynote speaker, Paul Hernandez, Ph.D., Lansing Community College’s (LCC) chief diversity officer.

Dr. Hernandez moved the crowd to tears as he shared his story about overcoming the impossible. His journey began as a little boy growing up in the sweat shops of Los Angeles, Cali. with a single mother and four siblings. Yet through it all, his mother never gave up hope for a better life; he held onto that hope. His message to the scholarship recipients and their families was this: “Small steps lead to big victories.”

“In the palm of your hands, you just don’t hold the key to your success, you hold the key to evolving our world into a better place, making this a place you dream of, to make something a reality for the rest of us,” said Dr. Hernandez.

Among the other speakers was Darcy Kerr, senior vice president of human resources, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Lansing Promise Corporate Donor; Cyndi Gallegos, H.O.P.E. Scholarship recipient; Bill Motz, Marketing and Sales Scholarship Donor, LCC Foundation; and Melissa Willett, Belen Health Careers Scholarship recipient, LCC Foundation.

Melissa Willett is the recipient of the Belen Health Careers Scholarship through the LCC Foundation. She is a single mother of two children, ages six and 10. Her journey has not been easy, but she reached the point where she knew her “family’s success was dependent on her educational success.”

Willett is currently enrolled in the dental hygiene program at LCC and is set to graduate in 2017. She plans to go on to receive her bachelor’s degree and possibly seek further education beyond that.

“Getting my education is not just a piece of paper for me, it’s not even more money. It’s the beginning of my future, the future of my children and the foundation for success,” said Willett. “I have a real passion for helping those families who are economically disadvantaged and I want to develop programs to help less fortunate families in the community of Lansing receive oral and dental care.”

The Lansing Community College Foundation annual breakfast honors Lansing Promise, H.O.P.E. Scholars, LCC Foundation Scholarship recipients and donors. While the mission of the programs are all different, all three are dedicated to the goal of removing financial barriers to professional, technical and academic success that leads to a strong economy and healthy communities.

About Lansing Community College Foundation

The Lansing Community College Foundation is an independent 501(c)3, governed by a board of directors. The Foundation provides hundreds of scholarship to LCC students, supports academic and outreach programs and capital building projects. The Foundation also helps to support LCC employees through professional study grants and networking opportunities. For more information, visit lcc.edu/foundation.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College (LCC) is Michigan’s third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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