Here to Help: Dan Nyhof helps students overcome obstacles and develop plans for success

 Dan Nyhof 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 Dan Nyhof. Dan is a counselor in GRCC’s Disability Support Services where he meets with GRCC students who have a diagnosed disability.

If you get a chance to work with Dan, the two of you will develop a reasonable accommodation plan to support your academic success. After that, you will meet regularly to review your accommodation plan and academic progress, and then adjust your plan, as needed.

You will also connect with Dan for academic advising. This can include career exploration, course and degree selection, being connected with resources related to your areas of interest on- or off-campus, career or transfer planning, and more.

Dan’s work is most rewarding when he sees students execute the educational plans they developed.

“A person’s journey may not be straightforward, but each experience a student has will help them learn and grow while moving toward their goal,” he said. “While I was in school I worked as a dishwasher, barista, baker, cashier, landscaper, substitute teacher, warehouse worker, school counselor, and therapist. Each one of these experiences taught me about myself and helped develop my plans that culminated with me working at GRCC.”

Dan attended a community college in Illinois, working full time during the day and taking classes in the evenings.

“I chose to attend community college because the tuition was cheaper than the university that I was already attending,” he said. “The classes also were offered in more convenient times than other options. I was really impressed with that school, so that might have played a part in becoming interested in working for GRCC later.”

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