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MCC’s longest serving president to retire

M. Richard Shaink, Ph.D., who has served as MCC’s president longer than any of his predecessors, has announced his retirement. Dr. Shaink began his tenure as president in 2000. Often described as an outstanding, highly-respected and compassionate leader in the academic arena as well as in the community, he was recognized as the best community college president/CEO in North America by the Association of Community College Trustees at the Annual Community College Leadership Congress held in Toronto, Ontario. During his tenure, MCC built the award-winning Regional Technology Center, opened new sites in Clio and Howell, reached record levels of enrollment and was named one of the ten best community colleges in America.

Coach Schmidt assisted U.S. Olympics basketball program

Mott College’s Hall of Fame basketball coach Steve Schmidt was one of three court coaches picked for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. “It was an honor to be selected to assist with the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp,” Schmidt said. “I was excited about the opportunity to work with the top players in the country as well as with some outstanding coaches.” He worked alongside former NBA All-Star and new Wake Forest University coach Danny Manning plus John Moore of Westmont College as a trio to assist the USA U18 coaching staff during the first three days of training camp. Schmidt has coached at Mott for 23 seasons. His career coaching record is 629-134 (.825 winning percentage) and he has led the Bears to four NJCAA national championships (2003, 2007, 2008 and 2012).

MCC’s Malik Albert picked for All-Star basketball game in Las Vegas

Mott College sophomore Malik Albert has been selected among the nation’s top junior college basketball players to participate in the 2014 NJCAA National Men’s Basketball All-Star game. Albert became MCC Coach Steve Schmidt’s 18th All-American for the Mott Bears’ program. He scored 1,256 career points over his two-year Mott career and averaged 24.4 points per game, eighth best in the country, with 4.5 assists this season to lead MCC to a 25-6 overall record. According to Coach Schmidt, “I’ve enjoyed coaching him and he truly deserves to be a First-Team All-American.”

MCC’s Faculty receives state’s prestigious Campus Compact Award 

MCC Accounting Instructor Alana Ferguson was recently honored with a Community Service-Learning Award from Michigan Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. This prestigious biennial award is the highest Michigan Campus Compact bestows on faculty and staff in the state of Michigan. This award recognizes her for helping MCC students to be involved in learning through community service. Ferguson provides her Accounting students with real life experiences through the unique service learning project with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. This program offers free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income residents who are unable to prepare their own tax returns. MCC Accounting students apply their growing knowledge of tax theory through direct service to residents. Over the past four years, MCC students have assisted hundreds of local residents and brought back thousands of dollars to the community.

Film Students win Award

Mott College Media Arts and Entertainment Technology students Cindy May and Deshawntray Coleman were named winners of the Jon Cockerill Rising Filmmaker Award. Both were awarded GoPro cameras for their essay submissions at a ceremony held June 6 in front of the Capitol Theater. The award is named after the late Jon Cockerill, a promising Flint film maker and MCC film program graduate who recently passed away.

MCC Student Composers Perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Student composers from Mott Community College had their work performed at a recital of new works St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Flint. The original student works included pieces for piano, voice, saxophone, percussion ensemble, and an instrumental chamber ensemble. The pieces were performed by music students from Mott College. “I’m very excited about this opportunity for our composers to reach out and engage directly with the community,” said Dr. Bill Withem, music professor and composer at MCC. “The students have a chance to work with their peers to organize, rehearse, and present a concert off campus. This is a unique opportunity for a two-year community college, let alone any four-year college. Musical composition is part of the new Associate of Fine Arts in Music at MCC. Any music student in the community interested in taking applied composition as part of the AFA Music Program at MCC is encouraged to contact Dr. Withem at or 810-232-3505.

MCC among five colleges to offer transfer opportunities for automotive students

Mott Community College is among a select group of Michigan community colleges in a pilot program to allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees. The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement allows students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Mott Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College and Montcalm Community College. These programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards. “Michigan’s auto industry is roaring back, and now more than ever our state’s future and economic vitality depend on a workforce with the necessary talents and training for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” stated Nigel Francis, senior vice president of the Automotive Office at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This agreement is both a great start in providing Michigan’s automotive tech students with the best possible path for success, and a stellar example of the public, private and academic collaborations that are vital to having the workforce we need to drive Michigan’s auto industry forward.”


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