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MCC dual enrolled student wins Emerson Scholarship

Program Coordinator earns Lifetime Achievement award

Katie Rusinek

Katie Rusinek

FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) dual enrolled student Katie Rusinek, of Grand Blanc, was awarded the Bob Emerson Scholarship during the Children’s Champion Award ceremony of the Voices For Children Advocacy Center, March 24. The scholarship is held at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The Children’s Champion Awards were created in 1995 to recognize examples of those in the community doing good things for children. The awards are designed to honor individuals, businesses, government agencies, and organizations for their contributions toward making children a priority in Genesee County.

“We are so proud of Katie for winning this scholarship,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “Katie has excelled as a dual enrolled student, embracing the total college experience by becoming a campus leader for two student organizations and serving as a peer tutor in our foreign language lab,” she added.

Rusinek is scheduled to graduate from MCC with her associate degree in May, a few weeks in advance of graduating from Goodrich High School. She has served on the executive board of National Society for Leadership Success, the International Studies board, as President of the Cultural Exploration Student Association, as well as working as a language lab tutor.

Mott Community College is a place of purpose and possibility. We are committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With almost 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare for an ever-changing world. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all our students find their path. We are changing lives for a changing world every day, by moving forward, together.

Also, Becky Garske, Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education program at MCC, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Children’s Champion Award by the Voices For Children Advocacy Center.

Garske was recognized for her work educating Early Childhood Education professionals, leading MCC’s Early Childhood Education program, and serving on regional, state, national and international boards and committees.

“This Lifetime Achievement award is well deserved,” said Walker- Griffea, “Becky’s dedication to creating a high-quality educational environment for MCC students, and her commitment to quality early childhood education outside the classroom is unparalleled.”

Under Garske’s leadership, the MCC Early Childhood program is consistently accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children and has received a 5 STAR quality rating from Great Start to Quality, the State of Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system for childcare and preschools.

Regionally, she serves on the Flint Children’s Museum’s Education Committee, the Sloan Museum Education Advisory Committee, the Genesee County Great Start Collaborative Early Care and Education Subcommittee, and the Greater Flint Association for the Education of Young Children. She is Treasurer of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children and serves on the Michigan Department of Education’s Early Childhood Endorsement Review and Revision Committee and the State of Michigan Early Childhood Articulation Team. She was the Michigan Affiliate Council Representative to the National Association for the Education of Young Children from 2014-16.