As President of Mott Community College I am proud to share with you this edition of Career Focus highlighting why Mott Community College is one of the top community colleges in our nation. Our academic and workforce programs are highly relevant in today’s job market.
We are committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. MCC offers more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs that help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate’s degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all MCC students are ready to get more out of life.
MCC continues to offer the best preparation for careers in the fastest growing segment of the labor force nationwide including health care careers such as Respiratory Therapy, Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant; technological careers such as Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Robotics Programming; and the more traditional skilled trade fields such as Electrician and Welder. MCC offers more degrees or professional certifications in all of these middle skills careers than any other institution locally, and we house the region’s only FabLab, offering access to high-tech equipment for aspiring entrepreneurs and an emerging talent pool of 21st Century skilled trade workers for Michigan businesses.
Additionally, our transfer degrees and articulation agreements enable students to continue their education and pursue advanced degrees to many colleges and universities throughout the state. And for students with family or work obligations, the University Center on campus allows students to stay close to home while completing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
We are home to the Mott Middle College, an early college experience that begins in the ninth grade and offers high school-aged students an opportunity to benefit from a blended curriculum of high school and college classes.
The quality of our programs and people was evident again this year. The college remains one of the top 150 community college nationwide, as recognized by the Aspen Institute. Our students, faculty and staff were recognized nationally and statewide. The College won the Governor’s Education Service Leader Award for 2017 for our commitment to service learning and community service, and the MCC Service Learning program and our Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program were named Children’s Champions by Priority Children this year.
Students Tyler Hartwig, Allyssa Murphy, and Dontavias Smith took First Place in the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Annual Student “Emmy” Production Awards, and students Usama Khalid and Amber Thompson were named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP), which identifies top community colleges that do an outstanding job of providing students with the knowledge, skills, and credentials they need for success both in college and after graduating.
Al Perry was named Athletic Director of the Year by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Our Chief of Public Safety, Theresa Stephens-Lock, was awarded the Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award for 2017 by the Michigan chapter of the American Council on Education, and Mary Ann Kost was named Specialist of the Year by the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates. And I was honored to be included in the Genesee Regional Women’s Hall of Fame by the Zonta Club of Flint this year.
It is my privilege to serve at an institution such as MCC, whose students, faculty, staff, administrators and graduates make real and measurable contributions to our nation, state, and region. Please visit us soon so we can help you get ready for more out of life!
Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, President
Mott Community College