At age 19, and while still a Business Administration student student at GRCC, Josh Westrate was appointed as a trustee on the board of Wright Township, a community of just over 3,000 in northeast Ottawa County. Then after serving in that capacity for 3 years , the board approved him as Board Supervisor. During that time Josh transferred to GVSU’s Business Administration program which he will finish up this Spring.
He even began his own real estate company while at Kenowa Hills High School! It was successful enough to catch the attention of folks from Junior Achievement and he was given the Ernst and Young Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Great Lakes Area. Josh still volunteers with JA now.
Josh says his interest in local political work began when he wanted to help out in his community and be involved back in 2008. “The feeling of accomplishment when I won the election was amazing because the people of my town had the faith in me to be a voice of their community. I was a little nervous when I first started, but knowing that I had the support from my community helped me through it.”
Thinking back on that first township meeting Josh admits, “I was a little nervous when I first started, but knowing that I had the support from my community helped me through it.”
Josh says attending GRCC was a real plus in his career path because “The quality of the education and of the professors at GRCC were amazing. The professors at GRCC care and make sure that you understand what is being taught. I would recommend to everyone to start their education at GRCC.” Now Josh has transferred to GVSU’s Business Administration program which he will finish up this Spring.
As for the future, Josh says, “I really enjoy being involved in my community. I hope to continue serving my Township as well as growing my business.”
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