Congratulations to Associate Director of the College Success Center Marisol Blanco, named Michigan AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month.
From the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Development:
“Blanco is dedicated to student success and retention. In addition to overseeing the College Success Center activities and staff, Marisol also serves as the AmeriCorps site supervisor for two College Completion Coaches that serve there. College Completion Corps places AmeriCorps members on college campuses across Michigan to support first-generation, low-income, and students of color with a focus on college persistence and completion.
“Drawing on her own experience as a low-income, first-generation college student, a Michigan College Advising Corps alum, and a GRCC Success Coach, Marisol works to bring forward ideas like FastTrack and other coaching initiatives to improve student success at GRCC. When talking to the coaches serving under her, it is clear that Marisol is an exemplary leader that is focused on staff development as well as student success. Since Marisol knows the value of member training and development, she ensures her AmeriCorps members receive plenty of professional development and training opportunities throughout their service year. Her college completion coaches express that she has been a great mentor to them, encouraging them to try new projects, and helping them achieve their personal career goals.
“As a servant leader, Marisol focuses on rapport and team building to create a cohesive team and promote a healthy team dynamic, creating a warm and welcoming environment for College Completion Coaches as much as permanent staff. From her dedication to lifting others up, to maintaining a cohesive team, she embodies the values and goals of AmeriCorps and the College Completion Corps program.”