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There are days when Richard Gonzales can make a difference in people's lives. As a support staff at the University of Michigan Medical Center's Radiography department, Gonzales interacts with those who are elated with good news and those in despair faced with the prospect of death. But this spirited young man has a smile for all of those who come through his department and he goes out of his way to let them know that the hospital is filled with people who care.

"I can't sit in an area and not interact with people. It's in my nature; it's who I am," says Gonzales.

As a second year WCC student, Gonzales is putting his people skills to work. He is pursuing a degree in humanities and elementary bilingual education with the help of the WCC Foundation. Social work is in his blood. "I have personal experience with what kind of influences good and bad social workers can have on someone," says Gonzales. "I want to be a positive influence and I want to make a difference."

After high school, Gonzales, a native of Ohio, turned down scholarships to Ohio State University and Notre Dame to take care of a sick family member. After a few years of being on his own he has refocused his life and now has given education top priority in his life.

"At WCC I am diligent in my studies. It's like being at a first class university, with the high caliber of individuals teaching here."

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Mark Your Calendars to Experience the Annual WCC Foundation Women's Council Luncheon
May 10 2016
The 20th annual luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 11:30am. Plan to attend to experience the heartfelt and inspiring stories and hear keynote speaker, Dr. Rita Fields, tell the rest of the story! Visit here to learn more about the luncheon and the work for the Women's Council.
 
Our 30th "Golden" Mardi Gras was a Beautiful Success!
Feb 10 2016
Our annual Mardi Gras raises vital funds that help students reach their academic goals and gives support to classroom initiatives. This year was a golden opportunity to dine, dance, and delight in a wonderful evening of merriment. Read more on Our 30th "Golden" Mardi Gras was a Beautiful Success!
 
Please join us for our 30th "Golden" Mardi Gras!
Feb 6 2016
Morris Lawrence Building
Our annual Mardi Gras raises vital funds that help students reach their academic goals and gives support to classroom initiatives. Join us for a golden opportunity to dine, dance, and delight in a wonderful evening of merriment. Read more on Please join us for our 30th "Golden" Mardi Gras!

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