Tuesday, January 12, 1999
- Michigan Works! The Job Force for Bay de Noc Community College;
- Ottawa County Department of Employment and Training for Grand Rapids Community College;
- Southeast Michigan Community Alliance for Henry Ford Community College;
- Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Michigan Works! Area for Kalamazoo Valley Community College;
- Calhoun Intermediate School District for Kellogg Community College;
- Office of Michigan Works! Berrien/Cass/Van Buren for Lake Michigan College;
- Northwest Michigan Council of Governments for Northwestern Michigan College;
- Oakland County Michigan Works! Employment & Training Division for Oakland Community College.
The eight grants range in cost from $700,000 to $5.0 million. "The response from the community colleges was overwhelming and competition was even tougher than expected," said Doug Rothwell. "We obviously tapped into a program that is greatly needed, judging from the response and quality of the proposals we received." "Because of the number of strong applications received," Rothwell said, "there is also the possibility that additional capital funding will be made available to build more centers. Once the centers are open and fully operational, we expect about 30,000 students to be trained annually; and by providing more funding, even more Michigan men and women will be prepared to take the high-wage, high-skill, high-demand jobs of the 21st century." The state is also considering the possibility of granting other schools, and/or colleges M-TEC certification if they meet certain criteria established by the Michigan Jobs Commission. " Because many of the applicants that could not be funded still made excellent proposals, and there simply was a lack of funds, the Michigan Jobs Commission has developed criteria by which, if communities decide to proceed to build these centers on their own, they still could be recognized as Michigan Technical Education Centers," said Rothwell. "We believe that Mott Community College is an example of such an institution that has a very strong proposal, and may want to pursue such designation." Local press conferences were held today across the state. Both state and local officials were on hand to participate in the announcements.