Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency for Macomb Community College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow Macomb Community College to build an over 36,000 square foot building in a Renaissance Zone in Warren. "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 $3.5 million in up-front local matching dollars. The new technical education center will offer training in information technology for manufacturing and manufacturing/production. To reach more people, Macomb Community College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Warren, Lieutenant Governor Dick Posthumus was joined by Macomb Community College officials and other local representatives to make the announcement. "Macomb Community College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," said Posthumus. "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." "It's important that our young people get the hands-on training, as well as the education, to give them a head start in handling modern technology for the new millennium," said Sen. Arthur Miller. "I was happy to assist Macomb Community College in acquiring this grant," said Rep. Jennifer Faunce. "The added quality this will provide our workforce will have many ancillary benefits to Warren and the state." "All of us have worked tremendously hard in promoting this grant," said Rep. Paul Wojno. "It is additionally pleasing to have this site located within the 28th District that I represent." Other grant winners include: Southwestern Michigan College, Montcalm Community College, Lansing Community College (Howell proposal), St. Clair County Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Kirtland Community College, and Mid Michigan Community College. The eight grants range in size from $1.9 million to $5 million.