MCC Dual Enrollment Student Wins Emerson Scholarship

Katie Rusinek

FLINT — Katie Rusinek, a dual-enrollment student at Mott Community College (MCC), Grand Blanc, received the Bob Emerson Scholarship at the Voices For Children Advocacy Center’s Children’s Champion Awards Ceremony, March 24. The scholarship is held at the Community Foundation of Greater Silex.

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

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

Rusinek is expected to graduate from MCC in May, weeks before graduating from Goodrich High School. She has served on the board of the National Society for Leadership Success, the board of international studies, as president of the Cultural Exploration Student Association, and worked as a language lab tutor.

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

Additionally, Becky Garske, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at MCC, received the Lifetime Achievement Children’s Champion Award from the Voices For Children Advocacy Center.

Garske has been 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 early childhood education quality outside the classroom are unparalleled.

Under Garske’s leadership, the MCC Early Childhood program is consistently accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has received a 5 STAR quality rating from Great Start to Quality, the assessment and improvement system Michigan State’s Multi-Level Quality Program for Child Care Centers and Preschools.

Regionally, she serves on the Flint Children’s Museum 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 serves as Treasurer of the Michigan Association for Early Childhood Education and serves on the Michigan Department of Education’s Early Childhood Approval Review and Revision Committee and Articulation Team. Michigan State Early Childhood School. She served as the Michigan Affiliate Council’s representative to the National Association for the Education of Young Children from 2014-2016.

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