MCC among community colleges recognized for improving career paths

FLINT — Mott Community College is part of a select group of Michigan community colleges highlighted in a recent report issued by the Michigan Center for Student Success and Jobs for the Future.

The report, Forging New Pathways, evaluates the extent to which the Breaking Through initiative has taken root and spread beyond the four Michigan community colleges that originally championed the program.

The purpose of the Breaking Through initiative, launched in 2005 by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education, was to demonstrate that community colleges could create pathways to postsecondary technical credentials for adults with reading and math skills at or below eighth grade level.

Mott Community College was the first college in Michigan to implement Breaking Through strategies. The report highlighted MCC’s progress in creating connections to the for-credit college for students in noncredit workforce development programs by using the articulation process and by creating hybrid programs that blend noncredit and for-credit courses.

According to Michael Hansen, President of the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), “A college credential is essential in the 21st century economy, and yet more than 1.7 million working adults in Michigan are below high school graduation levels in at least one basic skill area such as literacy, writing, mathematics, or English as a second language. These adults face considerable barriers in obtaining the basic academic skills necessary to enroll and succeed in college-level courses.”

In Forging New Pathways, the Michigan Center for Student Success reported on the results of a survey among Michigan’s 28 community colleges to document efforts relating to serving low-skilled adults, focusing on the high-leverage strategies identified by the Breaking Through initiative.

The survey identified innovative efforts among many of the 21 colleges that responded, as well noting obstacles involved in trying to serve lower-skilled adults.

The Michigan Center for Student Success, funded by The Kresge Foundation and operating under the umbrella of the Michigan Community College Association, provides state-level support to Michigan’s 28 community colleges by serving as a hub connecting leadership, administrators, faculty, and staff in their emerging and ongoing efforts to improve student outcomes, emphasizing linkages between practice, research, and policy. For more information about the Michigan Center for Student Success, please visit

The Michigan Community College Association provides leadership and advocacy on issues affecting the 28 member community colleges. Since 1914, community colleges have striven to provide affordable and quality higher education to Michigan residents. The community college mission is one of access and success to both traditional and nontraditional students. Furthermore, community colleges also play an integral role in the preparation and development of the state’s workforce.

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