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Baker College Special Project Director, Mark Heaton, has been honored by the Genesee County Educational Foundation with their annual Everyday Hero Award.

The GCEF is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 by the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The foundation is dedicated to the support of environmental education, STEM instruction, early childhood educational programs, before and after school programs, community stewardship, career and technical education, and scholarships for continuing education.

The Everyday Hero Award and Recognition Breakfast is an opportunity for the Foundation to highlight individuals that make an impact in the lives of students and their families in Genesee County. Heaton, who serves as GISD’s Baker College/CIM representative, has been chosen for this award for his continuous commitment to students at Genesee Career Institute.

Last year Heaton coordinated an event – a culinary “throw down” - between 2 high school culinary teams. A Detroit Pistons player headed each team and was assisted by students from Baker College’s award-winning Culinary Institute of Michigan. Twenty high school culinary students from Genesee Career Institute who have been affected by the Flint Water Crisis took part in the event whose focus was how a proper diet could help reduce the absorption of lead in the body.

Heaton also orchestrates college tours for GISD students and provides professional development for staff – who are invited to cook/bake with the chefs at the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

Baker College would like to congratulate Mark Heaton on this outstanding achievement!

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