Grand Valley graduate students who joined the university through a pipeline program are now contributing to the West Michigan talent pool.
Jourdan Watson and Danielle Patrick both have Industry Sponsored Graduate Fellowships (IGF). Through this university program, participating companies sponsor a student by providing a paid internship and covering the cost of tuition. Watson is working at Gordon Food Service and Patrick at The Christman Company.
Watson and Patrick attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities and came to Grand Valley because of the HBCU/Hispanic Serving Institutions Pipeline Consortium, a collaboration with four institutions: Fort Valley State, Savannah State, Saint Augustine's and Alabama State universities.