When Rebecca Clem graduated from Forest Hills Central high school she already knew GRCC had a good reputation for providing a solid start to a 4-year degree – after all, her mother, Grace Schwanda, a respected member of the Music faculty, had been at the community college for years.
“But,” Rebecca says, “at the time, I didn't have any direction or motivation, so I signed up for my first semester not knowing what to expect.”
That didn’t last long; she soon met another faculty member who put her onto the path to the career she has today. “I was so lucky to meet Judy Jankowski in GRCC’s Psychology Department,” says Rebecca. “She believed in me and made me feel like I could succeed. I studied Psychology because I enjoyed the discipline and was fascinated by how the human mind functions. I got my Associate of Arts degree in just two years and transferred to Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, to continue my studies.“
A little personal thought and fine tuning led her to switch her major from Psychology to Kinesiology, and she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in just two more years.
“From there, I knew that I wanted to concentrate on becoming more involved in the fitness industry,” she says. “I went on to get certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), so that I could become a Personal Trainer.”
Now back in Grand Rapids, Rebecca owns her own private studio in Cascade Township where she shares all she has learned through one-on-one and small group sessions.
Even today, Rebecca considers her time at GRCC significant. “I am truly blessed to have attended GRCC. It is a great school and I recommend it to anyone!”