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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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22nd Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Aug 17 2015
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Last year the golf outing drove a true hole-in-one for our WCC students, raising $92,000! This year we are determined to raise the score! Mark your calendars for August 17, 2015 to participate. Visit the golf outing page for more information.
 
Mark Your Calendars to Experience the Annual WCC Foundation Women's Council Luncheon
Apr 21 2015
Morris Lawrence Building
The 19th annual luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 11:30am. Plan to attend to experience the heartfelt and inspiring stories and hear keynote speaker, Mary Sue Coleman, tell the rest of the story! Visit here to learn more about the luncheon and the work for the Women's Council.
 
All Had a Cajun Good Time, "Down on the Bayou"!
Feb 7 2015
Morris Lawrence Building
The Annual Mardi Gras Celebration took us "Down on t he Bayou" on February 7, 2015, for a foot stompin’ Cajun good time! View here a recap of this year’s event that raised over $110,000 for WCC students.

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