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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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Approved by Board of Directors March 9, 2010
Announcements
 
Next Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Aug 18 2014
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Join us at this 21st annual golf outing as we again honor Jerry's passion to help many WCC students have a brighter future. Visit golf outing page for more information. Read more on Next Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
 
Thank You for Visiting the Island With Us!
Feb 12 2014
Morris Lawrence Building
This year's Mardi Gras helped raise more than $100,000 for WCC students. Thanks to all who came out in the snow and slush to enjoy our island warmth. Stay tuned for photos which we will post soon!
 
Judith Hommel Emergency Fund
Feb 11 2014
 
The Foundation has received several inquiries about how to make a contribution to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. For online gifts, visit the Make a Gift link at the top left of this page. Be sure to note in the "gift designation" box that the gift should be applied to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. Read more on Judith Hommel Emergency Fund

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