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Eric Grace honored as outstanding scholar

Eric GraceWhen Eric Grace set out to become a licensed counselor, he discovered the resources for a great start at Rogue Community College

Grace enrolled at RCC in 2011 to earn an Associate of Arts degree in psychology, as well as taking classes for personal growth.
“I re-entered academia for the joy of learning and to build more confidence in my abilities to work with others in a supportive and healing capacity,” he recalled. “I started taking one class at a time, and I was just really surprised how much I enjoyed RCC and how impressed I was with the instructors.”

RCC instructors and counselors are open and supportive, he explained, making it easy to achieve his goals. “RCC is a great resource for our community to get the skill sets needed for employment,” he said.

Grace compiled a 3.8 GPA and recently was named one of two RCC representatives on the 2013 Oregon Community College Association’s (OCCA) All Oregon Academic team. Students are selected for academic excellence and community service. The OCCA, in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society, sponsors the award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship to an Oregon public university.

RCC Social Science instructor Mary Ann Woodman describes Grace as an exemplary student. “When initiative and leadership is needed, Eric frequently takes the lead, demonstrating internal motivation and dependability. He models leadership for other students,” she said. “He is intelligent, honest, creative, and innovative. He does outstanding academic work.”

RCC counselor Tom Pike also praised Grace’s character. “Eric is a man of the highest integrity and seriousness of purpose,” Pike said. “His intuition and warm-heartedness allow him to quickly connect with people from diverse backgrounds.”

After attending Rogue and then being dual enrolled two terms at RCC and Southern Oregon University, Grace transferred full time to SOU where he is now a double major in psychology and music.

“I plan to see after I graduate what I want to do next: pursue mentoring, spiritual life coaching, or go on to get my master’s for counseling,” he said.

Originally from Minnesota, Grace studied at University of Wisconsin, River Falls, traveled the world and worked at a wide range of jobs. He owns GraceWorks Housecleaning Services, a “green” company that provides employment for six people.

Among numerous service and spiritual activities, Grace also volunteers as a youth and adult mentor and as a moderator for the online Rogue Valley Action Network. A single parent, he is raising his eight-year-old son, Savar.

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