MCC to name Family Life Center in Honor of Lenore Croudy
The Mott Community College Board of Trustees voted Monday, April 23, to name the College’s new Family Life Center in memory of former Board Chair Lenore Croudy. MCC is repurposing and revitalizing the former Woodside Church building, located adjacent to the main campus in Flint, into a Family Life Center to ensure student success and completion of their educational goals, while providing much-need high quality learning opportunities for the children of Flint and Genesee County.
Lenore Croudy passed away January 19, 2017.
“The Lenore Croudy Family Life Center will serve as a tribute to Mrs. Croudy’s 29 total years of service and leadership as a Trustee, including 21 years as our Chairperson,” said Board Chair Michael Freeman. “She was well known for her commitment to the College, its students and their families, and she firmly believed that education is a powerful force for good,” he added.
“Establishing a Family Life Center in Mrs. Croudy’s name honors her legacy to the fullest, by helping to reduce barriers and challenges that impede our students’ success,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea.
An $8 million renovation of the former Woodside Church is underway to develop the Family Life Center. The renovation includes expansion of the College’s nationally ranked Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), which will allow the program to increase enrollment from a maximum of 75 children to a maximum 125, and to serve children from birth to five years of age. It currently is available to children two-and-a-half to five years old. Additionally, the Family Life Center will co-locate the Early Childhood Education academic program within the Center, providing new learning spaces and experiential learning opportunities for student pursuing a certificate or associate’s degree.
It also will serve as a resource hub, helping MCC students and their families address such basic needs as food, housing and transportation. Non-student parents of children in the ECLC program will also have the ability to access family support services on site.
The renovation is funded by a $3 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, proceeds from the sale of $3 million in voter-approved bonds and a $100,000 grant from the McFarlan Charitable Corporation/McFarlan Villages. The remaining project balance of just over $2 million will be raised through additional grants and the “Lenore’s Lifetime Friends Campaign.”
Lenore Croudy was an educator in the Flint Community Schools for more than 40 years, and served as President of the Congress of Flint School Administrators. She was first elected to the MCC Board in 1987 and was appointed Board Chair in 1995. During her tenure as Chair, she worked with six College presidents, helping lead MCC through periods of financial difficulty to record enrollment levels, and a designation by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 best community colleges in the nation. Mrs. Croudy told anyone who would listen that “MCC was the best college in the city, state, nation, and beyond.”
For more information about “Lenore’s Lifetime Friends Campaign,” call 810-762-0269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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