Governor Whitmer Shares Lectern with MCC Students

Governor Whitmer at MCC Press Conference

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference at Muskegon Community College (MCC) yesterday to share highlights from Wednesday night’s state of the state address and to celebrate the success of the Michigan Reconnect tuition assistance program.

During the press conference, MCC students Jacob Watz (Electrical), Bevan Cottone (Electrical), Sarah Johnson (CAD) and Katie Carpenter (Nursing) spoke about their positive experiences at the college and how Reconnect has allowed them to pursue their dreams.

One of the students reflected, “Though it was very nerve-wracking, it was a really cool experience to be a part of the event.”

Ryan Bennett, MCC Alumnus and President of the West Michigan Area Labor Council, and small business owner Angelita Valdez also spoke at the press conference.

“This is a special community. I love Muskegon. I love every time I get an opportunity to come over here. I grew up in Grand Rapids, so I feel like a west-sider. Your success here at the college is so important to our collective success,” Whitmer remarked.

“It was a distinct honor to host Governor Whitmer and I am proud of our students who shared how Reconnect is changing their lives,” said MCC President John Selmon.

582 Reconnect students are currently enrolled at Muskegon Community College for the Winter Semester.

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Muskegon Community College offers 54 associate degree programs and 32 certificate programs in Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties. Located on a 100-acre scenic campus, MCC is consistently recognized as one of the top community colleges in the state of Michigan.