Mott Community College in Michigan considers dropping automobile body technology degree program
Students who want to pursue a degree in painting and repairing cars may no longer be able to find that training at Mott Community College.
The automobile body technology program once considered untouchable because of its deep-rooted history in Flint could be on the chopping block next year.
MCC officials said dismally low graduation numbers and high expenses led to the decision not to admit any new students into the nearly 20-year-old program this year.
Current students would have until the end of this school year to finish programs.
A group of auto body students and representatives from local car clubs protested the decision at Monday’s board meeting, some arguing that MCC offers the cheapest local option for students who need skills in a field that will always offer jobs.
“By canceling this program, you are doing Flint — Vehicle City —a great injustice,” said married father of three Mark Coggins, 41, who enrolled in the program after losing his 18-year-long job at a shop in Lapeer.