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Friday, April 8, 2022

April 12 reception honors Bob Ferrentino

A reception to dedicate the Robert C. Ferrentino Student Services Center at Montcalm Community College is Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building on MCC’s Sidney Campus.

Everyone is invited to attend, and no RSVP is needed.

The center is being named after Ferrentino, who served as the college’s fifth president from 2009 through 2019, for his unwavering commitment to developing and implementing initiatives to support student success on all levels.

When Bob joined MCC in 2009 as the institution’s fifth president, he immediately embarked on developing a three-year strategic plan. A portion of this plan focused on institutional quality with goals centering around enhancing services to support student success, which Bob was passionate about.

During this time, MCC engaged with the national Achieving the Dream initiative. Through this affiliation, the college received assistance for the purpose of improving student success. At MCC, new projects were launched in areas such as developmental education, new student orientation and supplemental instruction. Our participation led to creating a data-informed culture at the college.

As part of this initiative, MCC’s Student Success Center was established in 2011. At the time, the center was geared toward curriculum support for students, bringing together services in counseling and advising, testing, skills assessment, tutoring, supplemental instruction and accessibility services in one location, with qualified professional staff easily accessible to assist students.

As the college developed a master plan for facilities upkeep and improvement in 2019, the idea of consolidating the Student Success Center with the Student Services area and creating a one-stop center where students may take care of all of their business of being a student gained traction. Last summer, part of the Administration Building was remodeled to create a new space to bring all services together in one area.

In recognition of Bob’s passion for student success, when he retired in 2019, the Board of Trustees took action to rename the Student Services Center on his behalf to formalize his legacy at the college.



Shelly Springborn
Director of Communications and Public Relations