Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency and Southwestern Michigan College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow Southwestern Michigan College to build an over 15,000 square foot building on the college's Niles campus. "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 $786,000 in up-front local matching dollars and $75,000 for sustainability. The new technical education center will offer training in manufacturing. To reach more people, Southwestern Michigan College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Niles, Senator Gast was joined by Southwestern Michigan College officials and other local representatives to make the announcement. "Southwestern Michigan College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," said Gast. "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." "The career training and job preparation that will take place in this new center, when completed, will clearly make people the success story here," said Rep. Ron Jelinek. "They will learn so they may earn and provide a higher quality of life and opportunity for themselves and their families. The key to economic success is training for good careers and that is what we are celebrating today." Other grant winners will be announced Monday.