Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency and Grand Rapids Community College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow Grand Rapids Community College to build an over 73,000 square foot building in the Renaissance Zone in Grand Rapids. "Building on the success of our first round of M-TEC's, this second set promises to be just as effective, bringing needed training to these communities," said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "These facilities are leading the way as the future of Michigan's community-based, industry-driven training." The college's plan includes over $5.8 million in up-front local matching dollars. The new technical education center will offer training in construction, mechanics and repair, and manufacturing. To reach more people, Grand Rapids Community College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Grand Rapids, Rothwell was joined by Grand Rapids Community College officials and other local representatives to make the announcement. "Grand Rapids Community College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," said Rothwell. "It's long been said that in the battle for jobs, the state with the best training and education system wins. This M-TEC will help ensure that this region and the whole state of Michigan wins." "I'm very pleased the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has recognized Grand Rapids Community College as a leader in providing training and education for west Michigan's workforce," said Sen. Glenn Steil. "I'm absolutely delighted that Grand Rapids Community College has been so recognized and will receive the M-TEC grant," said Rep. Steven Pestka. "I believe that this will allow many young people in our community to receive the same opportunities that my wife and I both received at Grand Rapids Community College over 20 years ago." Other grant winners include: Southwestern Michigan College, Montcalm Community College, Lansing Community College (Howell proposal), St. Clair County Community College, Macomb Community College, Kirtland Community College, and Mid Michigan Community College. The eight grants range in size from $1.9 million to $5 million.