FLINT — The Board of Trustees at Mott Community College at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, approved unanimously the authorization of MCC’s President to do all things necessary to complete the sale and purchase of Woodside Church, located adjacent to the College’s main campus in Flint. The Church’s congregation unanimously approved the sale of the property to MCC on Sunday, Sept. 17.
“We are very excited about adding the Woodside property to our existing campus, and equally excited about the opportunities that the building will open up for Mott’s student body and their families,” said MCC’s President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “We know from research and our daily experiences with our students that they need additional services to support their educational journey from the time they walk through our door through successful completion. This facility will help us do just that.”
Funding for the purchase price of $625,000 will come from bond proceeds that have been designated for improving and adding space to Mott’s already existing Early Childhood Learning Center, located inside the church facility.
The College plans to renovate the existing
Woodside Church building to create a new Family Life Center. The Family Life Center will allow for an expansion of Mott’s nationally accredited and nationally ranked Early Childhood Learning Center, currently open to children ages two-and-a-half to five years old with the expansion creating slots for infants, young toddlers, and older toddlers. The newly renovated facility will also provide more on campus observation and teaching experiences to college-age students in MCC’s Early Childhood Education Program.
In addition to Early Childhood programming, Mott students and their families will be able to utilize the Family Life Center to access resources and other supports that promote student retention and completion, such as personnel from local human services organizations and agencies, after school care, food and clothing, transportation support, cultural and recreational programming, and tickets for community events and activities.
“Our hope is that this new facility will really help us move the needle in terms of recruiting new students, keeping them here in classes, and successfully completing them to earn a degree or certificate, leading to attendance at a 4-year institution or directly to gainful employment,” said Michael Freeman, Chair of the Mott Community College Board of Trustees. “It will be a very fitting way to repurpose an existing structure that has a lot of positive history behind it.”
Woodside Church is a 38,000 square foot building located immediately adjacent to Mott Community College’s main campus in Flint. It was built in 1956.