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Michigan Economic Development Corporation Announces the Grand Opening of the Kalamazoo Valley M-TECsm

Friday, March 23, 2001

March 23, 2001

Contact: Kathleen McMahon
(517) 335-4590

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Announces the Grand Opening of the Kalamazoo Valley M-TEC SM

$5 Million Grant Helps Train Area Workers for High-Skilled, High-Wage Positions

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Kalamazoo Valley Community College officials announced the grand opening of the newest Michigan Technical Education Center SM(M-TEC), at the Business-Education Park in Kalamazoo today.This center was made possible through a $5 million MEDC grant.

This center, will train workers in high-skilled, high-wage, high-demand occupations, specifically tailored to meet the needs of local businesses.The center’s focus training areas include manufacturing, automotive technology, information technology, allied health, construction and paper/print technology.

“The grand opening of this center gives us a glimpse into the future of technical training in Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“In order to meet local companies’ needs, we need to be prepared with a highly-trained and capable workforce.Our M-TECs are designed to offer local businesses a complete training solution.”

The new center will be one of 18 M-TECs across the state.Currently, seven of the 18 centers are opened to students including: Bay De Noc Community College in Escanaba, Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids Community College in Holland, Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City and now Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo.Ground has been broken on the majority of the remaining centers.

M-TECs are designed to train workers in a variety of technical positions.Michigan has invested $60 million to establish these centers throughout the state.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.