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Wilkie Family Challenge Match Exceeds Goal

The Schoolcraft College Foundation is excited to announce that it has raised $252,826 for the Greatest Needs Fund through the 2023 calendar year-end appeal. This amount surpasses the Wilkie Family Challenge Match goal by $52,826. The Wilkie Family generously offered to match every gift to the Greatest Needs Fund up to $100,000, starting just before Thanksgiving. The Greatest Needs Fund supports the College’s most pressing needs, such as student scholarships, emergency assistance, and academic programs.

The Foundation is thankful to the Wilkie Family and everyone who selected Schoolcraft for their year-end donations. We appreciate your kindness and dedication to the College and its students!

2023 Wilkie Match Results

Schoolcraft Receives Grant to Support Students’ Success

Schoolcraft College Foundation is proud to announce that it has received a $40,000 grant from the Masco Fund, a philanthropic initiative of the Masco Corporation, a global leader in home improvement and building products. The grant will be used to establish the Masco Student Success Fund, a new program that aims to help students overcome various challenges and barriers that may affect their academic performance and well-being.

The Masco Student Success Fund will offer wrap-around services to students who need assistance beyond tuition, fees, and books. These services may include, but are not limited to:


The Masco Student Success Fund will be managed by the Hinkle Center, a resource center for students that provides a variety of programs and services to support their success and well-being. The Hinkle Center staff will work closely with students to identify their needs, connect them with the appropriate resources, and monitor their progress.

The Masco Student Success Fund is a comprehensive and holistic approach that will empower Schoolcraft College to provide equitable and inclusive support to students, especially those who face barriers due to lack of access or exposure to opportunities. The Fund will help students achieve their academic goals, enhance their personal and professional development, and improve their quality of life.

For more information about the Masco Student Success Fund, or to refer students who may benefit from this program, please contact Rhonda Donovan, the Hinkle Center Coordinator, at rdonovan@schoolcraft.edu or 734.462.7429.

CulEx 2024: Sponsorships & Tickets are Available Now

CulEx 2024 is an extraordinary culinary fundraising experience that promises to be a feast for the senses. This signature event of the Schoolcraft College Foundation offers attendees an exclusive behind-the-scenes kitchen access, allowing them to witness the magic that goes into creating hundreds of luscious food choices. The event features a strolling setup, where guests can meander through a gastronomic wonderland, sampling a wide variety of dishes. Adding to the ambiance is live entertainment that complements the culinary delights. The event also boasts a selection of curated wines, enhancing the dining experience. CulEx 2024, which sells out every year, is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2024. Tickets are already on sale, so secure your spot now for this unforgettable epicurean adventure.

Book your sponsorship or tickets now!

Questions? Email foundation@schoolcraft.edu or call 734-462-4455.

Boost for Reconnect: A Philanthropic Program that Supports Student Success

Schoolcraft College is committed to helping students achieve their educational and career goals, regardless of their financial situation. That’s why the Schoolcraft College Foundation and the Financial Aid office have partnered to create the Boost for Reconnect program, which provides additional support to students who are eligible for the MiReconnect State of Michigan funded scholarship program.

The MiReconnect program covers tuition costs for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate at a Michigan community college. However, some students may still face other barriers that prevent them from completing their studies, such as living expenses, transportation, childcare, or books.

The Boost for Reconnect program aims to bridge this gap by offering grants to students who need extra assistance to overcome these challenges. The program is funded by donations from generous individuals and organizations who support the Greatest Needs Fund, which allows the Foundation to respond to the most urgent and emerging needs of the College and its students.

To apply for the Boost for Reconnect program, students must complete an online application and provide documentation of their financial need. The program is open to students enrolled in at least six credit hours and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

In the 2022-23 academic year, the Boost for Reconnect program has helped 33 students who received funding for tuition that allowed them to focus on keeping up with other expenses, such as rent, utilities, gas, books, and supplies. Among the recipients were:

The Boost for Reconnect program has positively impacted these students’ lives and success. Out of the 33 students awarded, 31 received funds, and 10 graduated with their degree or certificate. The total amount of funds distributed was $9,169.66, with an average award of $295.78 per student.

The Boost for Reconnect program is one of the many ways that Schoolcraft College demonstrates its dedication to student success and empowerment. By providing a lifeline to students in need, the program enables them to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.

The program is made possible by the generosity of donors who believe in the potential of Schoolcraft College students. To learn more about the program and how to support it, visit schoolcraft.edu/give.

Boost for Reconnect Students – In their words . . .

Prepare for the Future: Free Estate Planning Toolkit

Did you know that estate planning is an essential process that ensures your assets and loved ones are taken care of even after you pass away? It’s not as scary as it sounds and is actually a proactive and responsible move. By planning your estate, you get to decide who will receive your assets, whether it’s real estate, investments, or personal belongings. This helps avoid potential disputes and guarantees that your wishes are respected. Plus, it can provide a clear plan for settling debts and expenses, and even minimize the taxes your heirs might have to pay. Estate planning also enables you to make important decisions about your healthcare and end-of-life care. So, think of it as an opportunity to create a lasting legacy that reflects your values and wishes.

You can find free resources on the Schoolcraft College Foundation’s website that you can download to start your plan today.


Senator Gary Peters Visits Schoolcraft College

On Tuesday, January 16, Schoolcraft College welcomed Senator Gary Peters, who toured the Health Sciences Center and learned about the College’s current initiatives in workforce development and education. Trustee Gierak and President Cerny led the discussion and highlighted the College’s innovative partnerships, apprenticeship programs, funding model, and alternative revenue sources. They also shared the College’s challenges and opportunities in serving its students and community.

As a follow-up, Senator Peters’ Legislative Aide on Education, Workforce, Health, and Labor will be meeting with Trustee Gierak and Dawn Magretta during the ACCT National Legislative Summit to explore additional funding opportunities.

D3C3 Year One Celebration: A Milestone for Schoolcraft College

Schoolcraft College celebrated the first-year achievements of the D3C3 initiative, a three-year, $4.4 million grant funded by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Ballmer Group. The D3C3 initiative aims to enhance Student Success, K-12 Alignment, and Mobility/Workforce Development in the Detroit region.

More than 50 staff members from various departments attended the D3C3 Celebration, where they learned about the progress and plans of the D3C3 projects. The presentations showcased how the College is transforming its practices to eliminate barriers to student success, strengthen the K-12 pipeline to high-demand careers, and support the evolving needs of the Mobility sector.

Greg Handel, Vice President of Education and Talent at the Detroit Regional Chamber (the coordinating organization for D3C3), praised the College for its cross-departmental collaboration and the leadership of President Cerny. He expressed his excitement for the future outcomes of the D3C3 initiative.

The D3C3 Celebration was a testament to the College’s commitment and innovation in serving its students and community. We congratulate the College on its remarkable achievements in Year One and look forward to seeing more impact in Year Two and beyond.

National Speakers Headline FREE Webinar Series

As an extended member of the Schoolcraft family, the SC Foundation and Alumni Office invite you to keep learning! Visit our Free Upcoming Webinars page to see all events, register and explore recordings of past events. This program is 100% free of charge to participate in. All previous webinars are available to view if you missed them! Don’t miss out on these engaging topics:

Become the Bravest You: How to Embrace the Embarrassing and Celebrate the Cringe
Henna Pryor, Award-Winning Author and 2x Tedx Speaker
Thursday, February 8th at 12:00 PM EST

How (Exactly) to Win the Advocacy of Strangers and Accelerate Your Career
Steve Dalton, Bestselling Author
Thursday, February 15th at 12:00 PM EST

When They Win, You Win – Being a Great Manager is Simpler Than You Think
Russ Laraway, Author and Management Expert
Tuesday, February 20th at 12:00 PM EST

How to Achieve a Career You Love While Staying True to Yourself
Fran Hauser, Bestselling Author and Leading Career Expert
Tuesday, March 5th at 12:00 PM EST

In the News

DBusiness Daily Update: CCS, Schoolcraft College Joining Production of ‘Detroit: The City of Chefs’ Documentary, and More
DBusiness Magazine – By Tim Keenan and RJ King – January 29, 2024
The College for Creative Studies (CCS) and Schoolcraft College are teaming up for the production of “Detroit: The City of Chefs”
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Microbrewery to Open in Old Mining Office
WHMI 93.5 Local News – By Dan Martin – January 26, 2024
Livingston County is anticipating the arrival of Schmuck’s Brewery, founded by Brad Jonckheere, owner of American Concrete Products, who plans to convert an old office building into the microbrewery’s first physical location.
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Yes, chef! Howell man nominated for prestigious James Beard award
The Livingston PostBy Maria Stuart – January 24, 2024
Doug Hewitt, executive chef of Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails and Freya in Detroit and Schoolcraft College attendee is a James Beard award semifinalist for Best Chef.
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Vision 2025: The Fundraising Initiative
Vision 2025 is a five-year fundraising initiative that supports Schoolcraft College — its programs, students, and members of the southeast Michigan community. It is designed to provide the financial support needed for innovation beyond the limitations of current funding. Vision 2025 will impact the next 25 years of the 21st century by helping the college transform workforce education, which will engage, inspire, and transform students, the community, and economy.