Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency and Lansing Community College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow Lansing Community College to build an over 34,000 square foot building in an industrial park in Howell. "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 $249,000 in up-front local matching dollars and $223,000 for sustainability. The new technical education center will offer training in information technology, construction, and manufacturing. To reach more people, Lansing Community College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Lansing, Lieutenant Governor Dick Posthumus was joined by Lansing Community College officials and other local representatives to make the announcement. "Lansing Community College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," Posthumus said. "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." "Lansing Community College officials and Howell leaders have been wonderful to work with as we put this grant together," said Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Rogers. "Knowing that educational opportunity paves the way for strong families and successful communities, I am pleased that our efforts have paid off." "I'm exceedingly pleased about this award to LCC for use in Livingston County," said Rep. Judith Scranton. "Livingston County sits central to Flint, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Southfield, Pontiac, and all the municipalities in between. We are truly the hub. This technical center will service the spokes surrounding us. How fitting that the MEDC recognizes this. People will be drawn to Livingston County for the education that they need and carry that knowledge into the companies that need their expertise. I congratulate the consortium that put this plan together." Other grant winners include: Southwestern Michigan College, Montcalm Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, 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.