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MCC Workforce Development Employee Named Specialist of the Year

06/16/2017

Robert Matthews congratulates Mary Ann Kost on being named Specialist of the Year. (Photo: Mott Community College)
Robert Matthews congratulates Mary Ann Kost on being named Specialist of the Year. (Photo: Mott Community College)

Mary Ann Kost, of Linden, was named Specialist of the Year by the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) at their annual Career Conference. Kost is a Flint JMG Specialist for Multi-Year programs at Northwestern Academy as part of the Mott Community College (MCC) Workforce Development Division.

The recognition is given to JMG Specialists who exhibit outstanding performance and commitment to student success.

“Mary Ann constantly goes above and beyond,” said Robert Matthews, Associate Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development.  “She has outstanding teaching and leadership skills and frequently serves as a role model and mentor to newly hired Specialists.  Additionally, she is consistently improving outcomes for her students. This is a well-deserved recognition.”

According to Matthews, during the 2015-2016 school year, ten of the senior students Kost served were enrolled in college and three were employed full time.  Over a two-year period, she has assisted senior students in earning $200,000 in scholarships, and raised more than $3,000 in grant funds for JMG programs.

In addition to establishing long-term working relationships with over 25 community organizations to create increased opportunities for her students, Kost works with non-JMG students at Northwestern offering employment support such as mock interviews, job fairs, and fundraisers.

“She is truly an asset to the JMG program,” said Matthews.

The Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) program of Mott Community College’s Workforce Development area, in partnership with Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) and Genesee, Shiawassee, Thumb Michigan Works, helps young people not only develop life skills but also prepares them for employment through educational and training initiatives. JAG is a nationwide dropout prevention and recovery program for youth.

Following Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) model, MCC’s JMG program helps area young people including those who are at risk of dropping out of high school, or who have already dropped out, graduate and make successful transitions to post-secondary education or meaningful employment. Students enrolled in the program include youth who have barriers to success, including deficiencies in basic skills, transportation, income and economic status.

The programs include a multi-year dropout prevention program or senior year in-school dropout prevention program for students currently in high school, an out-of-school program for students who have left the traditional school system and are aged 16-24, and the LEAP program. 

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.

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