• Lenore Croudy Family Life Center, mobile learning lab unveiled at Mott Community College
    College Guidance and Counseling

    Lenore Croudy Family Life Center, mobile learning lab unveiled at Mott Community College

    FLINT, MI — Lenore Croudy often called those closest to her a “lifetime friend.” That designation came with a commitment to support her in efforts to better her community.

    Those who remain friends of Croudy after her death in 2017 remembered her as a community leader, activist and longest-serving member of the Mott Community College Board of Trustees.

    And today, those lifetime friends announced a new dedication in her honor — the Lenore Croudy Family Life Center.

    Mott Community College unveiled the Lenore Croudy Family Life Center that will serve as a resource hub for everyone in the MCC community. The wraparound family service center features Mott Eats, a free food pantry; Ellen’s Closet, where students can get free professional clothing; family counselors and substance abuse counselors.

    It’s a “safe space” for students to study and alleviates barriers that many students face in Flint, like transportation, access to free food, family counseling and emotional support, student Samantha Bayne said.

    “The center and its resources have been a lifesaver, personally,” Bayne said. “I used the Mott Eats program that was a great help when I wasn’t able to afford groceries. … I was able to use Cares Act funding when my car broke down and I couldn’t attend classes or my job. ”

    MCC President Beverly Walker-Griffea called the newest addition to campus a “physical embodiment” of what the college stands for.

    “This is not just a building,” she said. “This is the latest manifestation of out commitment to be a place of purpose and possibility.”

    The center also houses the college’s revamped early childhood center, supported by a $3 million donation from the Charles Steward Mott Foundation.

    This was the perfect way to celebrate Croudy’s everlasting commitment to the community, Walker-Griffea said.

    “A place of high purpose and endless possibilities. A place where no student is left on their own. A place where love, direction and guidance can be found in abundance,” Walker-Griffea said. “A place named after a pioneering woman of color who’s leadership and legacy live on in our community — the Lenore Family Life Center.”

    The center opened for on-campus staff and students about nine months ago, MCC Communications Specialist Dawn Hibbard said, but an official ribbon-cutting couldn’t take place due to COVID-19 gathering regulations.

    Renovations to the center, which formerly housed the Woodside Church, took about a year and a half to conduct prior to opening.

    MCC Mobile Learning Lab

    In addition to the Lenore Croudy Family Life Center, Mott Community College unveiled a Mobile Learning Lab with capabilities to meet students where they are to secure engineering certificates and explore career fields.

    The mobile learning lab, which fits on a semi-trailer, expands to nearly 1,000 square feet when set up for classrooms. The lab houses robotics training, augmented reality welding programs, a 3D printer and classroom section with laptops. It can be outfitted for multiple different programs to accommodate where it is visiting.

    The lab will make visits to local schools, manufacturers, job sites, jails and other career-related events to help members of the community earn information technology certificates, certificates in machine operation and advanced welding certificates.

    Paul Lafia, a retired physician in Genesee County, brought the idea to the table years ago and helped bring one of the few mobile learning labs in the nation to Mott Community College.

    “There’s only one thing that will improve people’s lives. That is acquiring a skillset that allows them to function in the 21st century,” Lafia said. “This is a state-of-the-art facility that will allow young and old people to increase their skills and get jobs in advanced manufacturing.”

    Walker-Griffea described the mobile learning lab as a modernized book mobile that will reach out in the community to remove barriers to furthering education.

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  • Louisiana Center for College Access to debut in-person workshops on Aug. 7
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    Louisiana Center for College Access to debut in-person workshops on Aug. 7

    Louisiana Center for College Access

    The new Louisiana Center for College Access offers free ACT and SAT prep courses and college readiness workshops to Louisiana students. The first in-person workshops will take place on Aug. 7 on the Tulane campus. (Photo by Shutterstock)


    Applying to college can be stressful for students and their families, particularly for those who are first in their families to go to college. Tulane’s new Louisiana Center for College Access (LCCA), which opened virtually in February, offers free ACT and SAT prep courses and college readiness workshops to Louisiana students. The center will expand to in-person seminars, beginning Saturday, August 7, with “Applying 101: You’re the Dean.”

    Any Louisiana high school student can attend. The workshop is free but requires advanced registration. Students can register on the official website or email [email protected] for more information.

    “Over the past few months, we have provided virtual ACT and SAT prep sessions every Saturday to students from around the state of Louisiana,” said Lauryn Hudson, senior program coordinator for the LCCA. “In the future, we hope to increase our general college preparation sessions, both in-person and virtually, and increase our partnerships with local high schools and community-based organizations.”

    “The purpose of the center is to support Louisiana students and their families in finding post-secondary success by providing them with free resources.”

    – Bradly Booke, associate vice president of admission

    During the August 7 workshop, Tulane admission professionals will lead participants through a simulation exercise where they’ll serve as members of an admission committee for a fictitious university. The committee will review several applications and decide which students to admit. This interactive simulation is a terrific way to demystify college admission for prospective students and help them better understand how the process works.

    “I am a first-generation college student with over 18 years of experience in post-secondary access and college admissions,” said Bradly Booke, associate vice president of admission. “The purpose of the center is to support Louisiana students and their families in finding post-secondary success by providing them with free resources. All of our workshops are run by full-time professionals from college admissions, financial aid and test preparation educators from Tulane University and other Louisiana colleges and universities.”

    The LCCA is part of Tulane University’s new Louisiana Promise initiative, launched in November 2020. The center is designed to make higher education more accessible to students in the state, regardless of what college they wish to attend, by learning how to navigate the application process. Lower-income students often attend less-resourced schools that may not have the ability to provide robust college counseling. The LCCA hopes to fill in the gaps and level the playing field for these students.

    The workshops offer seminars and workshops on various topics, including finding the right college fit, being a competitive applicant and crafting a college essay. The most popular courses are the ACT and SAT prep classes, while the financial aid seminars have been very popular with parents.

    “Looking back on my college search from the perspective of having worked in higher education for 25 years, I realize how very little I knew,” said Becky Ancira, associate vice president of enrollment management. “I was a first-generation college student from a Jefferson Parish public school that had a single guidance counselor for 200 graduating students. Having access to a resource like the LCCA would have been a game-changer for me. That’s what LCCA can be for Louisiana students. We want to provide the resources needed so they can find the right college and submit their strongest possible application.”

    Along with the official website, LCAA also has an official mailing list. The calendar of events is updated every month, and students, parents and high school guidance counselors are encouraged to sign up.