Here to Help: Denise Jones connects struggling students with resources to help them be successful

Denise Jones 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 Denise Jones. As the coordinator of Student Success and Retention, Denise works to bridge the gap between faculty and students who need academic support.

Denise responds to early alerts, sent by professors who worry a student might be starting to struggle. GRCC wants all of its students to be successful, and has a variety of resources students might not be aware of.  

Denise is an expert at finding the best type of supports to help students with their particular need. She provides the student with a personalized plan to overcome the obstacle.  

Denise is moved by being able to connect students with supportive resources to help them to be successful on their educational journey. She learned how to connect students with helpful and supportive resources on campus and in the community as a former success coach – and a former GRCC student.  

“I attended Grand Rapids Community College as a first step to my educational journey,” she said. “I always wanted to go back to school and earn a degree but was afraid of the entrance tests for math, English and reading. However, after experiencing the death of my father, I gained the courage to take the test and accept the results to start my educational journey to higher education.”

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