MCC President Awarded Golden Apple
The Genesee County Bar Association awarded Mott Community College (MCC) President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, with their Golden Apple Award for exemplary work in promoting law-related education. Dr. Walker-Griffea was recognized for the College’s willingness to participate in the Second Chance Pell program and to establish the Diversion Program for felons in Genesee County. The award was given at the Association’s annual National Law Day Luncheon April 26.
”I am honored to be recognized by the legal community for our partnerships targeted at helping incarcerated and adjudicated individuals turn their lives around,” said Walker-Griffea. “Mott Community College is committed to being a positive force for change in Flint and Genesee County.”
MCC is one of 67 colleges and universities participating in the Second Chance Pell program of the Department of Education (DOE). The program allows eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs and support their families when they are released.
The College has a memorandum Genesee County with Judge Yuille and Prosecutor David Leyton to create the Community College Court Diversion Program (GC4DP) to give those charged with a first-time felony an alternate path in place of incarceration. The GC4DP partnership is designed to give individuals charged with non-violent, first-time felonies an alternative pathway from traditional probation, conviction and/or incarceration by providing career training and educational pathways at Mott College.
The Genesee County Bar Association exists to serve the professional needs of our members, improve the justice system, and educate the public about the law and the role of lawyers. The Association is committed to providing educational, community service and networking opportunities to help build relationships with peers.