Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency for Montcalm Community College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow Montcalm Community College to build an over 14,000 square foot building near Greenville High School. "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 $800,000 in up-front local matching dollars. The new technical education center will offer training in information technology, manufacturing/production, mechanics and repairs, construction, and health occupations. To reach more people, Montcalm Community College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Greenville, Cindy Ballard, managing director of Business Productivity Services for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, was joined by Montcalm Community College officials and other local representatives to make the announcement. "Montcalm Community College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," said Ballard. "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." "This new M-TEC will provide our workers with opportunities to enhance their skills," said Sen. Joanne Emmons. "I applaud the partnership and teamwork of the Montcalm County educators and business leaders for their winning proposal." "This new tech center will be a valuable asset not only for Greenville, but for the entire area," said Rep. Larry DeVuyst. "This was truly a team effort and I would like to personally thank Don Burns, President of Montcalm Community College, Senators Gast and Emmons, and Representative Geiger for all of their hard work." Other grant winners include: Southwestern Michigan College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College (Howell proposal), 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.