Here to Help: Success Coach Becca DeKorne helps students connect with resources – and offers encouragement

Becca DeKorne smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Becca DeKorne. As a success coach in the College Success Center, Becca walks alongside students as they navigate their college journey.

She works with them to make sure they have everything they need to accomplish their goals. Sometimes this means helping students understand what resources are available to them. Other times it’s helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in college.

This could include establishing a time management routine, enhancing their study skills, or communicating with their professors. Many times, Becca is here to help students by being a good listener and a source of encouragement.

“College can be a very overwhelming season of life, especially for new students,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go when we need something, or who to ask when we have questions. It’s normal to not have all the answers and that’s where success coaches come in.”

Becca and the other success coaches at GRCC know a little bit about a lot of things. If they can’t support students themselves, they can connect them with the campus resource or department who can.

Becca’s work at GRCC is something she is very passionate about, making sure that students don’t feel alone, and that they know they have someone on their side who wants them to succeed.

Becca holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from North Park University in Chicago, and a master’s degree in Social Work specializing in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health from University of Michigan.

Before coming to GRCC the majority of Becca’s professional career has involved working with students. While in Chicago, she served high school students as they planned for life after graduation. She then transitioned into supporting pre-college programming geared towards preparing incoming students for their college experience.

Her next position as a clinical social worker conducting therapy with college students brought her to Michigan.

Becca has been a success coach with the College Success Center since 2018. She enjoys being part of a student’s college experience by watching them set goals, persist through challenges, and celebrate all the big and small successes along the way.

One of her favorite things to do with students is to reflect with them on all the ways they’ve grown as a result of being in college. She finds it inspiring to see them learn about themselves and feel proud of the progress they are making, and the ways they’ve chosen to step outside their comfort zone. It encourages her to do the same!

You can connect with the College Success Center in its new home on the third floor of the Student Center, or email collegesuccess@grcc.edu, or call (616) 234-2312.

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