Mott NEXT is an initiative to support a college-going culture in Genesee and surrounding counties. “Research indicates that children first start thinking about their post-high school plans as pre-schoolers, and start identifying whether or not ‘I’m going to go to college when I grow up,’” said Carla Clark, Academic Outreach Coordinator for the College. “We want kids to literally ‘see’ themselves on campus, and to start dreaming BIG through Mott NEXT,” she added.

To help children from elementary through high school envision a future that includes higher education, MCC has developed year-round programming that brings K-12 students to campus. Programs include events such as Dissection Day for area fifth graders, an opportunity for them to explore Science-related topics on a deeper level, and offerings for middle and high school students including Manufacturing Day, the Math Competition, and Women in STEM Day.

Manufacturing Day is October 5 this year. High school students will have a chance to explore career paths in this high-demand career field through demonstrations of welding, automation and controls, and robotics. 

This November marks the 13th annual MCC High School Math Competition. Teams from area high schools compete in this test of pure mathematics knowledge for bragging rights and medals recognizing the top three teams. 

The spring Women in STEM event gives high school-aged girls hands-on experiences in electronics, automotive engineering, dissection, welding, mathematics using 3D coordinates, and computer aided drafting and design. Additionally, participants have an opportunity to meet women working in STEM professions and hear from industry experts about the job market for women in STEM careers.

The Mott NEXT initiative also includes partnerships with established youth programming such as the Region V Science Olympiad, held annually in March.  MCC has been a host for the Science Olympiad since its inception 34 years ago. Middle and high school students from Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, and Shiawassee counties compete in 23 events that range from Battery Buggies to the Solar System.

Mott NEXT summer programming features a variety of half-day, full-day and one-week programs for Middle School and High School-aged students to explore topics from Crime Scene Investigation, Music Technology, Cosmetology, Foreign Language, Art, Video Production and Brain Camp.

 “The summer programs are a great way for young people to explore what they are interested in on a deeper level than just reading about it or watching a video about it,” said Clark, “they will have a chance to experience it first-hand.”

MCC faculty teach most of the Mott NEXT programs. “The faculty love the experience of reaching out to the K-12 students, plus it allows them to introduce their programs and provide a positive atmosphere to engage the students,” said Clark. 

If you’re looking for what’s NEXT, visit https://www.mcc.edu/academic-outreach/index.shtml and find out what’s up NEXT at MCC. Registration is open for fall programs including the MCC High School Math Competition and Manufacturing Day.