Nina Larsen was looking for direction, and flexibility, when she enrolled at Mott Community College. “I was already in my 30s and a mom,” she said, “going to Mott was the best choice I could have made. It was where I was meant to be. It literally laid the foundation for who I have become.”
She credits her professors with helping her find her career path while balancing the demands of home and college. “My professors were understanding of my situation and worked with me. I don’t think I would have had the same experience at a traditional four-year college,” she said.
Nina said she was able to figure out what her goals were while she was taking classes. “Mott and my professors helped point me in the right direction,” she said. In addition to her general education requirements, Nina took predominately Mathematics and Physical Science classes. She transferred to UM-Flint from Mott to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Energy and Sustainable Systems and still lives in the area.
She especially enjoyed the interactive learning environment in the Science classes. Faculty did their best to use real life experiences and scenarios in classroom lessons and experiments, she said, making the course material relevant to the real world.
The other students in her cohort also made her Mott experience special. “Students in the Science program all had the same classes and we became like a family,” she said. This collegial “family” still keeps in touch. Two of her classmates work with her at General Motor’s Flint Assembly Plant where she is a Production Group Leader.