My Story Started at GRCC: City Built Brewing’s Edwin Collazo says GRCC ‘a great place to learn lessons about life’

Edwin Collazo smiling.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful. We’re sharing some of those stories, and want to hear yours!

Edwin Collazo has returned, in a way, to his GRCC roots.

When he was a freshman, he lived in the Belknap Lookout area, and now it’s the location for his City Built Brewing Co.

“I enjoyed GRCC because it was close to home,” he said. “It allowed me an opportunity to start my college journey in an environment that was nurturing. It was a great place to learn lessons about life and how to pick yourself up if you fall.”

Collazo, who attended GRCC from 1992 to 1995, has added — and shared — his knowledge and experiences through many careers. 

He received a bachelor’s degree in education and child development from Cornerstone University and taught for five years in alternative education before returning to Michigan to teach in the Deerfield Correctional Center in Ionia. He then worked as a manufacturers rep for James Hardie Building Products before moving to a career in financial services.

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