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What “more” means is different for each student. For Markeice, more means more opportunities to hone his movie-making skills. For Katelyn it means more time on the volleyball court as she works toward transferring her graphic design degree to a four-year college. And for Chrys, it means more opportunity to build a better life for his family.
They are still engaged in their summer break activities, Markeice is coordinating a student film festival on campus, Katelyn is working a summer job and Chrys is enjoying spending time with his two-year-old son. But in September they will all be back on the campus of Mott Community College, ready for more.
Markeice Patrick came to Flint from Pontiac specifically to attend Mott Community College (MCC) to major in media arts and entertainment technology (MAET). “My goal is to work in the film industry. I have always been fascinated with how so many moving parts come together to produce a fantastic and enjoyable film,” he says.
For him MCC offers not only the education he is looking for, but also the chance to put his learning into practice. Dave Rembiesa, coordinator of the MAET program, “definitely has a way of lighting a fire in your soul,” says Markeice. “Mr. Rembiesa is always looking to connect students with opportunities that give us real-world experience.” One such opportunity is the Talks at Google, a podcast featuring influential thinkers, creators, makers and doers. Local Talks at Google locations are in Ann Arbor, Birmingham and Detroit. Markeice, through Rembiesa, has had an opportunity to do recording and editing for the Talks at Google program a number of times, giving him real-world experience and building his professional portfolio.
“Mott has opened so many doors for me over the course of my academic career and continues to do so,” Markeice says. “Everyone at MCC is ready to help you at a moment’s notice. Everywhere I turn there is someone trying to connect me with opportunities, uplift me, or stuff my pockets with Mott swag. I have so many Mott shirts that they make up the majority of my wardrobe!”
Katelyn Ferris, of Burton, came to MCC for the opportunity to continue to play her favorite sport while still working toward her long-term goal of a four-year degree in graphic design. Katelyn, number three on the MCC volleyball team, is majoring in art and plans to transfer to Sienna Heights University after graduating from MCC with her associate degree.
Cutting the overall cost of earning a bachelor’s degree was one of her motivations for starting her education at a community college. She received an athletic scholarship in addition to federal student aid, which reduces how much she will ultimately invest in her education.
Entering her second year at MCC, Katelyn says that what surprised her about community college was how many friends she has made, and “how involved the instructors are with students. The instructors at MCC help you and care about you as a person and a student,” she adds.
Chrys Allen, of Davison, came to MCC through the Gateway to College program. Gateway gives high-school dropouts an opportunity to earn a diploma while earning college credit. “I chose to join the Gateway Program after working several dead-end jobs,” Chrys says. “I didn’t initially think that I would need to finish high school, but after years of monotonous, stressful jobs I decided I wanted to do something better with my life.”
After graduating from the Gateway Program in June, Chrys won the prestigious Trustees’ Leadership Scholarship to attend MCC tuition-free to pursue a degree in computer information systems. His long-term goal is to transfer to UM-Flint to become a software engineer. “I recently found that I have a passion for computer technology and I want to follow that passion so that I can enjoy my work and fulfill my dreams of working for Apple or Google,” he says.
“The Trustees’ Leadership Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for me to prove myself after a long and less than spectacular high school career,” Chrys says. “In the past year I have seen a huge change in myself and I look forward to the challenge of college.”
He is up for the challenge and is also looking forward to the fun. Since Gateway students attend college classes to earn high-school credits, Chrys is familiar with the campus, the instructors and student life. “Mott has an awesome atmosphere and it is apparent anywhere you go on campus that most everyone is willing to help you out. There is always something going on whether it’s food in the Student Life Center or a Pumpkin Smash (my favorite campus event of last fall). There is something for everyone and people to meet who share the same interests.”
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