Student Success

HFC ophthalmology alumni, left to right, Kristen L. Cavazos, Rachel Jones, and Eric Smith

3 HFC graduates take on leadership roles in the rewarding field of ophthalmology

HFC alumni Kristen L. Cavazos, Rachel Jones, and Eric Smith showcase the reasons the Ophthalmic Tech program and its graduates are so successful.
Headshot of Kate Warden with short hair wearing red lipstick and a black beaded necklace.

Katie Warden wins first place at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 3

The Kennedy Center has recognized HFC student Katie Warden for her artistry in “The Passage.” She is one of several HFC students also awarded a Certificate of Merit.
Lea Zaytoun, with her brother Ali Zaytoun, with a holiday tree in the background.

Lea Zaytoun, aspiring NASA engineer, encourages women to pursue tech careers

With her sights set on NASA, HFC alumna Lea Zaytoun encourages women to pursue careers in the engineering field and not to be afraid to aim high.
Portrait of Natalie Nichols.

Alumna and current student Natalie Nichols strives to treat her patients like family

Still a graphic artist at heart, Nichols was inspired to become a nurse after a family member’s care experience. Now she strives to help patients brighten their worst days.
Adriana Sanchez who has long dark hair and wearing a white tee. To the right is the Pottery Making Illustrated magazine cover showing hands working with clay.

Alumna Adriana Sanchez’s artwork appears in national magazine

“Pottery Making Illustrated” highlighted alumna's artwork in a recent issue of the magazine.
Jerikiah Douglas on the left wearing a grey Henry Ford College hoodie and Mark Yancy on the right in a black blazer and blue T-shirt in front of the Detroit Promise logo.

Detroit Promise made it possible for Jerikiah Douglas to attend HFC

Her experience at HFC has given Jerikiah Douglas skills, confidence, knowledge, networking experience, and big dreams of becoming a traveling nurse -- and all of it free, thanks to the Detroit Promise scholarship.
HFC student Andrew Cutting at the keyboard.

HFC student Andrew Cutting makes music to make people feel happy

Andrew Cutting aspires to teach music at the college level and dreams of performing on Broadway.
Hassan Berry wearing a black button-down shirt in front of a pale blue background.

HFEC student Hassan Berry aspires to start an architectural engineering firm

Carrying on a family tradition, Hassan Berry enrolled in the HFEC, which helped him find his passion in architectural engineering.
Portrait of Hawk basketball players Chansey Willis, Jr. and Damarion Bonds.

Two Hawks sign with D1 schools for the 2024-25 season

Hawks Chansey Willis, Jr. and Damarion Bonds will be Mid-American Conference rivals for the 2024-25 season, signing with Western Michigan and Central Michigan.
Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos

HawkPride: HFC alumnus named 2024 Rhodes Scholar

Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos is the first HFC alumnus to win the internationally prestigious scholarship.
Katie, Will, and Angela smiling at the camera.

Angela Armstrong, who graduated summa cum laude from HFC, inspired her two children to enroll at HFC

Thanks to Michigan Reconnect, Angela Armstrong applied to HFC. She graduated this year, earning a degree in social work and counseling.
Kourtney Collins takes a selfie with Theatre director, John Sefel in the Adray Auditorium.

Kourtney Collins sees Theatre as a crash course in dedication and teamwork

As a student, actor, director, and club president, Kourtney Collins has earned the respect of the HFC Theatre program faculty and staff.
Zena Sattar Aljilehawi (left) and Rashida Tlaib (right).

HFC student selected to statewide Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently selected HFC student Zena Sattar Aljilehawi to serve on a statewide committee to improve voter engagement.
Portrait of Tia Atoui.

Tia Atoui named Outstanding Biology Student

Aspiring doctor and Outstanding Biology Student called her experience at HFC “phenomenal.”
Portrait of Henry Ford College alumnus Jim Nemeth.

Alumnus and veteran appointed CEO of Oakleaf Surgical Hospital

Jim Nemeth says his clinical skills may have been born in the Army, but his leadership skills were born at HFC.
Sabit Islam wearing a green suit with yellow tie stands in front of a green and white background.

HFC student creates an app to translate sign language into words

Sabit Islam is working on SignScribe, which will translate sign language into spoken words.
Charles Brooks smiling and wearing glasses, is holding a framed certificate in front of an HFC backdrop.

Charles Brooks named Star Biology Student

Charles Brooks won't let anything stand in his way. He didn't think he fit in, but he found his way at HFC, and has thrived despite many academic and personal challenges.
Photo of HFC alumna and artist Paige Deon.

Paige Deon’s artwork displayed at Ann Arbor Art Fair for 2nd year

HFC alumna Paige Deon had a successful showing at Ann Arbor Art Fair, one of the nation's premier art fair events with artists from all over the world.
Daisha Griffin in commencement robe and cap with diploma, smiling.

HFC alumna transfers to U-M, aspires to a career in cancer research

Daisha Griffin, who attended HFC on a Futures for Frontliners scholarship, will transfer to U-M this fall. She aspires to go to medical school and pursue a career in cancer research.
Mak Manciel in his HFC uniform.

Former HFC basketball star transfers to UDM and looks forward to the upcoming season

HFC helped shape Mak Manciel into the player he is today. He will apply those skills this fall at UDM.
Alyssa Oudeh smiling with a dark blue background.

Two scholarships support Alyssa Oudeh’s dream of becoming an auto mechanic

Having been interested in cars since she was a child, Alyssa Oudeh is enrolled in the auto mechanic program this fall at HFC.
Michael George with glasses and  beard, shrubbery in the background.

Alumnus Michael George is living the potter’s life

HFC alumnus Michael George retired from teaching art at the end of the 2022-23 academic year to concentrate on being a full-time artist.
A headshot of Khodr Farhat.

Governor Whitmer appoints alumnus Khodr Farhat to Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services

HFC alumnus Khodr Farhat, who works in the health care field, has been a champion of the disabled community.
June Williams standing in front of a backdrop image of red roses.

Get to Know HFC: June Williams helps students feel understood and supported as they navigate college enrollment

HFC Student Support Professional June Williams, an alumna of the College, helps students find their true calling.