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2015 Distinguished Alumna

Terri A. Handlin '74

Associate in Arts, Grand Rapids Junior College, 1974.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Education, Western Michigan University, 1977.

Master’s of Arts in Occupational-Vocational Education, University of Michigan, 1980.

Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration, Michigan State University, 1989.

Terri Handlin’s career has taken her in many different directions, but she has always maintained close ties to where it all started: GRCC.

She spent 30 years as an education professional in the Forest Hills school district, promoting such innovations as computer use in classrooms, co-op programs, mentoring and experiential learning. One cause that’s been especially close to heart is diversity education. She played a major role in developing a diversity consortium that includes most of the area’s school districts.

Currently, she is a consultant for education, career development and diversity through her company, T.A. Handlin LLC.

She has served on boards for the Girl Scouts of Michigan Trails and the Women’s History Council and on the Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Workforce Development Committee. She also works with the American Association of University Women and is a trained facilitator for the Institute for Healing Racism.

A past-president of the GRJC Alumni Association, Ms. Handlin recently stepped down from Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees. She was first elected to the founding board of GRCC in 1991 and was re-elected in 2001 and 2007. She has served as the board’s treasurer, secretary and as chairperson of its Finance Committee.

Grand Rapids Community College is proud to call Terri an alumna, and now a Distinguished Alumna.