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MCC joins consortium to advance men of color in community colleges

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) has joined the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC). Participation in the NCCMC will enhance the College’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color. Despite programs designed to enhance outcomes for men of color, in the United States only 17 percent and 15 percent of Black and Latino men, respectively, earn a certificate, degree, or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years. Figures for men from other ethnic groups (e.g., Native American, Southeast Asian) also indicate an insurmountable need for improvement. To combat this achievement gap, the NCCMC facilitates an exchange of ideas between community colleges across the nation on how best to serve men of color in our educational institutions. — G.G.

Kidney cancer support group to meet April 12

FLINT — This is the 10th year of the Kidney Cancer Support group. All programs are open to the public. They meet at the Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, Robt. T. Longway Blvd.

The next meeting is April 12, at 1:30 p.m. The final meeting is May 10, from 1-3 p.m.

Details: Call 810 232-8233 or 810-762- 8226. — G.G.

GISD to receive Early Head Start grant

GENESEE COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $3.2 million to the Genesee Intermediate School District to support Early Head Start for children in the Flint area. The GISD wrote for this national competitive Early Head Start grant in partnership with the University of Michigan- Flint.

Early Head Start utilizes a researchbased curriculum in a supportive learning environment to assist young children with the development of the skills needed to be ready for school. Early Head Start offers developmental screenings, nutrition services, family engagement programming, and resources to connect families to medical, dental, nutrition, vision, and mental health services. Additional services will be offered to pregnant mothers.

GISD will serve 168 students, ages 6 weeks to 3 years old, as a result of this grant award. Classes will begin Fall 2017 in the following early childhood centers: Cummings, Summerfield, Manley, and a new center that is being constructed at Durant-Tuuri-Mott with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Full day, full-year programs will be offered.

Details: Call 810-591-KIDS. — G.G.

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