Experiential Learning

The Center for Experiential Learning is part of Muskegon Community College’s commitment toward providing students and community members with collaborative educational opportunities featuring experiential learning pedagogy. We are excited to share the numerous opportunities and excursions with the greater West Michigan community.

Detroit skylineDetroit Excursion Aug. 11 Includes Stops at the Solanus Casey Center, Motown Museum and Greektown

The public invited to join a Detroit excursion on Friday, Aug. 11, with visits to the Solanus Casey Center, Motown Museum and Greektown. Sponsored by the MCC Experiential Learning Center and the Fr. Phil Legacy Project, the bus leaves from St. Francis De Sales parking lot at 6:30 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m.

The $110 cost of the trip covers motor coach travel and admission fees to the Solanus Casey Center and Motown Museum as well as lunch at the Solanus Center. Dinner is not included.

To make, a reservation contact Mary Jo Trenter at (231) 755-4122 or by email at mjtNov20@hotmail.com, or Christine Amante at (231) 206-4844 or email at ChristineAmante2014@yahoo.com. Check should be made payable to: Muskegon Community College Center for Experiential Learning and mailed to: Muskegon Community College Center for Experiential Learning, Room 242D, 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI  49442.

Inspired by the life and example of Venerable Solanus Casey, the Center strives to be a place of pilgrimage, healing, reconciliation, and peace. Fr. David Preuss will lead an hour-and-a-half tour through the Center and provide background information on the service of Fr. Casey. The visit includes a catered lunch and free time for reflection.

In the afternoon, participants will step into an era of music magic when they visit Hitsville, USA – the birthplace of Motown Music. They will stand where the Temptations, Four Tops, Miracles and Supremes recorded their famous songs. Participants will even be invited to sing a few bars of a favorite Motown classic in the legendary Studio A.

Afterward, the excursion will make a quick visit to John King Books, one of the largest rare and used bookstores in the country with three million books and growing.

No trip to Detroit is complete without a stop for dinner in Greektown. The traditional center of Detroit’s Greek community, the historic district is one of the last surviving Victorian-era commercial streetscape in downtown Detroit. Participants will be able to choose from over 20 authentic Greek restaurants, all within walking distance of the bus.

‘An Interview with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’ Featuring Rev. Stephon Ferguson on Oct. 5

The MCC Center for Experiential Learning, in partnership with Rev. Stephon Ferguson, has designed a unique 45-minute program, “An Interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” for students in grades 9-12 on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. in downtown Muskegon.

The presentation, which takes place at the Fraunethal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., in Muskegon, is free and busing reimbursement is available. The event is supported entirely by donations. To donate, please contact Amy Swope, MCC Foundation Director, at amy.swope@muskegoncc.edu or by calling (231) 777-0571.

To register online for the event, visit www.muskegonisd.org/development.

Rev. Ferguson, who has performed worldwide as Dr. King, will portray the civil rights leader during ab interview by MCC History Instructor George Maniates. Rev. Ferguson will lead a narrated talk with visuals outlining the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will feature a collage of Dr. King’s most memorable accomplishments and messages including:

  • Determined to Be Free – A speech excerpt emphasizing that no matter what obstacles came their way, people must stand up and let the world know they were determined to be free
  • How Long, Not Long – An excerpt from a speech delivered at the end of the march from Selma to Montgomery
  • We Shall Overcome – King’s encouragement to continue to work hard in the struggle and the fight will be won
  • I Have a Dream – The entire speech

‘An Evening with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’ on Oct. 5 in Downtown Muskegon

Rev. Stephon FergusonRev. Stephon Ferguson, who has captivated audiences of all ages worldwide, will breathe life into the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his uplifting and inspirational performance on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., in downtown Muskegon.

Ferguson has raised eyebrows, brought chills and tears, and aroused the conscious of people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds by delivering dead-on, pitch perfect renditions of Dr. King’s speeches and sermons. His mission is to share his gift with the world to help continue the legacy of Dr. King by  not only performing King’s words, but more importantly, educating people about his philosophy of love, nonviolence, peace and unity to help bring about positive change.

Sponsored by Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning, the event is free and open to the general public. Donations are being accepted to help with expenses of bringing this inspirational speaker to Muskegon. Secure online donations can be made on the Foundation for Muskegon Community College website at http://www.muskegoncc.edu/foundation-for-mcc/ or by calling (231) 777-0571.

Musical entertainment is provided by Brandon Davis and the Victory in Praise Choir.

For more information about the event, call the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

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