Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency and Kirtland Community College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow Kirtland Community College to build an over 34,000 square foot facility in Gaylord. "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 $1 million in up-front local matching dollars and $2.3 million for sustainability. The new technical education center will offer training in manufacturing and construction. To reach more people, Kirtland Community College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Gaylord, Michelle McManus, director of the Governor's Northern Michigan office, was joined by Kirtland Community College officials and other local representatives to make the announcement. "Kirtland Community College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," said McManus. "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." "This grant will provide an economic boost for Northern Michigan," said Sen. George McManus. "I'm pleased with the commitment the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has made to our region." "I know a lot of us in Lansing have worked hard to make this a reality," said Rep. Ken Bradstreet, "but I think in the final analysis, the lion's share of the credit should go to the people of Gaylord who have put together such a strong proposal and program. My hat's off to them." Other grant winners include: Southwestern Michigan College, Montcalm Community College, Lansing Community College (Howell proposal), St. Clair County Community College, Macomb Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Mid Michigan Community College. The eight grants range in size from $1.9 million to $5 million.