Taking Time to Invest in our Future
For me, the last couple of weeks have been full of activity and interaction with youth. I have visited several high schools; interacted with over 450 third through sixth graders; visited with kindergarteners; spoken to several classes on campus and served as a guest lecturer in three of them; had dinner in Detroit with several students who are members of our new International Studies Club; and continued to build rapport with our students on campus.
As I always say, the most important function of those of us who teach/work at institutions such as MCCC is that of motivating and inspiring our students to achieve. We must encourage them to dream big dreams, keep hope alive, and believe first and foremost in themselves. The motivational and inspirational moments must begin even before the students come to MCCC; hence my forays into the early intervention arena pre-college.
Beyond that, there are opportunities to influence our own students (some not so young) here on campus. I am not sure that many of us are aware that we offer an Advanced Welding class on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. I thought that time was only reserved for Sunday school, not welding :-). I had occasion to visit with the 12 students in that class this past Sunday, and there is little doubt that they appreciate the opportunity for flexible scheduling – this could lead to a turning point in their lives.
MCCC continues to offer access and opportunity to as many students as possible as we continue to better serve our community and enrich lives – that is our mission. I encourage all of us to do our best to continue inspiring all young people, be they here on campus or in our community – they are our future, and certainly worth our investment of time.