Crowd “overjoyed” downtown as MCC Culinary Arts Institute opens

An overjoyed mix of dignitaries–local, state, and federal–and a packed, shoulder-to-shoulder crowd–celebrated the public revealing of the state-of-the-art Mott Community College Culinary Arts Institute at 550 S. Saginaw St. Friday in downtown Flint.

[Mott Community College President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea] said a recent economic impact study indicated Mott Community College adds almost $400 million in income yearly to Genesee County.

Senator James Ananich, speaking on behalf of accompanying state representatives Sheldon Neeley, John Cherry, and Sheryl Kennedy, explained how Mott Community College was a second chance given to his father, a high school drop-out and who served in the armed forces. He attributed his own success to his father’s experience, stating, “I wouldn’t be here had Mott not given him the opportunity.”

Ananich went on to explain how MCC provided “real life training” to those with diverse backgrounds “from valedictorians to those just scraping by.

“Everyone in this room has a Mott story,” Ananich continued, “I can’t wait to hear students tell their story.”

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