Members of the Mid Michigan College leadership team recently traveled to Lansing to testify in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Universities and Community Colleges. Their testimony focused on efforts related to the success of non-traditional or adult learners who begin college a year or more after they graduated from high school.
Tim Hood, Mid’s President; Scott Mertes, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Community Outreach; and Lori Fassett, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, who also serves as a liaison for military-connected students, each talked to the committee about the College’s efforts.
“The College has made a concentrated effort to better serve non-traditional students,” noted Hood. “These students bring with them a plethora of life experiences, but can also encounter a wide variety of challenges and obstacles as they pursue a college credential.”
An expansion of support services such as the campus food pantry, online access to support, and more flexible course instruction methods are just some of the ways Mid has evolved to better serve non-traditional students.
“We currently have over 300 Futures for Frontliners and over 200 Michigan Reconnect scholarship students enrolled during the Winter 2022 semester,” explained Mertes. “Adult students are an important part of our student community, and we know we have to continue developing offerings and services to meet them when and where it works for them.”
Mid also continues to expand the ways in which students can earn credit and credentials. From evaluating life and work experience for college credit to offering skill certification from the National Coalition of Certification Centers and other partners, the College continues to serve more students in more ways.
“We are honored that we were able to share our experiences with State leadership on such an important issue,” said Hood. “There continues to be an educational need in our region and we are committed to serving and advocating for our students.”