FLINT — The Mott Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees voted Monday, April 23, to name the College’s new Family Life Center in memory of former Board Chair Lenore Croudy, who passed away January 19, 2017.
She was first elected to the MCC Board in 1987 and was appointed Board Chair in 1995. During her tenure as Chair, she worked with six College presidents, helping lead MCC through periods of financial difficulty to record enrollment levels, and a designation by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 best community colleges in the nation.
An $8 million renovation of the former Woodside Church is underway to develop the Family Life Center. The former church building is located adjacent to the main campus in Flint.
The renovation is funded by a $3 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, proceeds from the sale of $3 million in voter-approved bonds and a $100,000 grant from the McFarlan Charitable Corporation/ McFarlan Villages. The remaining project balance of just over $2 million will be raised through additional grants and the “Lenore’s Lifetime Friends Campaign.
The renovation includes expansion of the College’s nationally ranked Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), which will allow the program to increase enrollment from a maximum of 75 children to a maximum 125, and to serve children from birth to five years of age. It currently is available to children twoand a-half to five years old. Additionally, the Family Life Center will co-locate the Early Childhood Education academic program within the Center, providing new learning spaces and experiential learning opportunities for student pursuing a certificate or associate’s degree.
It also will serve as a resource hub, helping MCC students and their families address such basic needs as food, housing and transportation. Non-student parents of children in the ECLC program will also have the ability to access family support services on site.
“The Lenore Croudy Family Life Center will serve as a tribute to Croudy’s 29 total years of service and leadership as a Trustee, including 21 years as our Chairperson,” said Board Chair Michael Freeman. “She was well known for her commitment to the College, its students and their families, and she firmly believed that education is a powerful force for good,” he added.
For more information about “Lenore’s Lifetime Friends Campaign,” call 810- 762-0269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.