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“I knew I wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives and found my opportunity in nursing,” says William Mace, KCON Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) alum and emergency room nurse. 

It was during his first deployment to Iraq that U.S. Army Sergeant William Mace, 2014 KCON BSN alum, decided to pursue nursing.  Upon completing his enlistment in 2010, Mace applied to Grand Valley and was accepted into KCON’s Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 

“I owe much of my success to KCON advisor, Angela Caruso.  She had a major impact on me and helped me make good decisions while in the program,” adds Mace.

KCON’s Office of Student Services, where Caruso serves as a senior advisor for Traditional BSN students and staff advisor to the Student Nurses Association, provides student-centered advisement and support to students in nursing degree and certificate programs.  The goal of this experienced team is to help students navigate the University, understand the admission process and embrace life as a nursing student.    

“I had the pleasure of working closely with William on his transition from the military into GVSU and supporting him while a student at KCON.  Knowing he is fulfilling his dream through nursing is very rewarding,” shared Caruso. 

Grand Valley’s Traditional BSN nursing program focuses on evidence-based nursing practice preparing students to provide nursing interventions for individuals, families, and communities at a beginning, generalist level with five semesters of clinical coursework.

“The professional advice and mentorship I received from KCON faculty was invaluable as well.  With their help, I was able to stand out as a candidate entering the nursing field,” Mace said. “I definitely consider myself a Laker Nurse for a Lifetime.”

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