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MCC to create Culinary Institute in Downtown Flint

07/12/2017

Rendering of the proposed renovation of 100 W. Second Street.
Rendering of the proposed renovation of 100 W. Second Street.

Mott Community College (MCC) will re-locate the MCC Culinary Arts Institute to downtown Flint, enabling the college to expand the number of students it can serve in the program. The College will renovate the building at 100 W. Second Street.

The renovated building would house two culinary arts teaching kitchens, two bakery and pastry arts teaching kitchens, a meat fabrication teaching laboratory, a garde mangér classroom, a fine dining space connected to a baked goods café and a large, dividable meeting space to teach all aspects of the food service industry to MCC students.

Currently, MCC’s Culinary Arts program is housed in a space that does not allow the College to expand the number of students it can serve. Additional space would allow the College to explore offering a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts.

Relocation to this site would enable MCC to expand the Culinary Arts curriculum, expand the program’s student-operated restaurant service to include the baked goods café, and support community events in the downtown area. It will also co-locate the College’s Culinary Institute within the Flint Health and Wellness District, where institutional anchors are focused on healthcare, positive eating habits and physical fitness. These anchors include: Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center and Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, School of Public Health; The University of Michigan-Flint, Flint Farmer’s Market, YMCA and YWCA.

A larger facility will enable MCC to increase the Culinary Arts program capacity to educate more students and bring new students to the area, creating secondary economic impact.

Housing the MCC Culinary Institute in downtown Flint will contribute to the revitalization of the city’s center and open up new opportunities for collaboration and entrepreneurship. Nationally, the restaurant industry is projected to grow by 1.7 million jobs by 2025. Additionally, the goal is to have the development attain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level of sustainability.

“Mott Community College is committed to the greater Flint community,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “We believe that relocating our Culinary Arts program to the heart of downtown Flint will have a positive impact not only on our students, but on the local economy as well. The restoration of a dilapidated building into a state-of-the-art Culinary Institute will help create a vibrant destination for all of Flint and Genesee County.”

The 36,000 square-foot former Woolworth Building was originally built in 1920. While it is not located in a designated historic district, existing historic elements will be preserved and new elements will be period appropriate.

The College is currently pursuing various funding options for the project, which would be developed by Uptown Reinvestment Corp. (URC).

“I want to congratulate MCC on a great concept, and we look forward to working with Dr.
Walker-Griffea and her team to transform their vision into a reality,” said Tim Herman, URC
President. “With the renovations of the Dryden and Ferris Furs buildings nearing completion
across the street as well as the Capitol Theatre, the Culinary Institute will return another
historic, landmark building to productive use in downtown Flint. In addition, it will provide a
boost to the region’s expanding culinary scene.”

MCC offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, and Food Services management. Students enrolled in the MCC Culinary Arts program receive intensive training in all phases of the restaurant business, giving them the expertise necessary to become a professional in any area of the foodservice industry.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link: http://www.mcc.edu/gainful_employ_disclosure/index.php

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