Welcome to MCC, Fall 2017 Early Edition

Posted by on 08.04.17 in College Experience, Community, Students, Thank You

Good afternoon students, colleagues and community.  As summer comes to a close, it is a good time to provide an update on happenings on and around campus.  My recent posts and presentations have focused primarily on student success initiatives and the infrastructure projects underway to support them.  This early version of my fall “welcome back” letter focuses on programs and people driving innovation at the College:

The Muskegon Promise program is now countywide, providing free tuition for graduates of all public and private schools residing in the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and having graduated with a 3.5 GPA or better.  MCC expects 180 students to join the college as a result.  Similarly, the Newaygo Promise was recently approved by the Legislature and is operational as of this fall.  Any student residing in the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Area and graduating with a 2.0 GPA or better qualifies for free tuition at MCC.  We expect 100 students to join the College as a result.

Muskegon Community College was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant for $257,500 annually over the next five years to support the TRIO Upward Bound project on campus. The grant, which begins on Sept. 1, 2017 and continues through Aug. 31, 2022, will be used to serve a total of 59 students in Muskegon High School and Muskegon Heights Academy. This autumn marks the 11th consecutive year that MCC has offered TRIO Upward Bound. During that span, the project has delivered academic services and assistance to 233 students in Muskegon.  Thanks to Robert Ross and the hardworking team supporting this grant.

MCC is bringing on a host of new faculty this fall, among whom Professor Mark Verhoeven is one.  Mr. Verhoeven joins our talented Business Department and brings a wealth of technology experience primarily in the areas of Cisco CCNA/Security Networking and more.  Welcome aboard, Sir!

Sherry Claflin, an adjunct science instructor at Muskegon Community College and a science educator for the K-12 school groups at Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, was named the 2017 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher in Michigan by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).  Good work Professor Claflin!

Thank you all for making Muskegon Community College the outstanding provider of higher education that we know well and others are discovering.  Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you in a few weeks.

Dale Nesbary

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