In order to highlight student work and innovation, Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) will host a second annual Student Showcase on each campus. These events, which community members are encouraged to attend, will take place 1PM-7PM on April 19 at the College’s Harrison Campus and on April 20 at its Mt. Pleasant campus. Exhibits will feature work completed in the previous academic year by MMCC students.

“We’re expecting excellent participation, both in terms of student exhibitors and guests,” says Diane Miller, MMCC Speech Instructor. “There has been tremendous support for these events—not only in terms of students who are putting together projects, but in terms of staff and faculty participation and enthusiasm.”

Exhibits will include an array of projects, activities, and displays, including speeches and panel discussions, short films, posters, and demonstrations. Four students on each campus will receive awards for their work.

“We learn so much when we learn from each other,” says MMCC President Christine Hammond. “This event celebrates both our students’ accomplishments and our faculty members’ commitment to supporting student learning. I look forward to seeing the students' work and meeting their families and friends.”

The showcase concept came out of discussions regarding T-Shaped Learning. MMCC faculty invest great time and energy in creating strategies that help students develop into T-Shaped Learners. That means that students don’t only learn one discipline and system deeply--their major, or the skills specific to their chosen profession--but they also develop broad, boundary-spanning knowledge that helps them communicate within and between systems, helps them understand each other, and work in teams.

“High school students are encouraged to attend the showcases as well, this will be excellent exposure to college students, faculty, and college-level work,” continues Miller. “Because MMCC enrolls nearly 1,000 high school students as dual enrollees, these students will also participate as exhibitors.”

Funding for these events came, in part, from the MMCC Foundation. Light refreshments will be served for attendees to enjoy.

For more information about the Student Showcase events, contact Diane Miller at dmiller6@midmich.edu.

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