Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency for Mid Michigan Community College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow Mid Michigan Community College to build an over 24,000 square foot building on the college campus in Harrison. "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 $54,000 in up-front local matching dollars. The new technical education center will offer training in construction and manufacturing. To reach more people, Mid Michigan Community College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Harrison, Robert Filka, vice president of Technology and Productivity for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation was joined by Mid Michigan Community College officials and other local representatives to make the announcement. "Mid Michigan Community College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," said Filka. "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." "Mid Michigan Community College continues to work in partnership with the state to put good paying jobs within reach of Michigan families," said Sen. Bill Schuette. "This grant helps build a workforce of the 21st century." "This grant is tremendous news for Mid Michigan Community College, for Clare County, and for all of the people of the 99th District," said Rep. Sandra Caul. "The technical training that this center will provide will undoubtedly promote job growth and economic prosperity in our community." Other grant winners include: Southwestern Michigan College, Montcalm Community College, Lansing Community College (Howell proposal), St. Clair County Community College, Macomb Community College, Kirtland Community College, and Grand Rapids Community College. The eight grants range in size from $1.9 million to $5 million.