Monday, September 27, 1999
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today that a proposal submitted by the local Michigan Works! agency and St. Clair County Community College was one of eight chosen to receive a Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) grant. The grant will allow St. Clair County Community College to build an over 31,000 square foot building on the college campus in Port Huron. "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 $300,000 in up-front local matching dollars. The new technical education center will offer training in information technology and manufacturing. To reach more people, St. Clair County Community College will offer flexible training and hours of operation to meet individual training needs. Today at a press conference in Port Huron, Margaret O'Riley, senior vice president of External Relations for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation was joined by St. Clair County Community College officials andother local representatives to make the announcement. "St. Clair County Community College has promoted, and will no doubt continue to promote, the highest standards of partnership between business, industry and education," said O'Riley. "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." "I am very excited about this project," said Sen. Dan DeGrow. "This grant puts the community college at the forefront of technology training for the 21st century." "This Michigan Technical Center grant is great news for the citizens of St. Clair County and St. Clair County Community College," said Rep. Lauren Hager. "It puts our college on the cutting edge of training workers for the 21st century. The new facility is a welcome addition to our campus." Other grant winners include: Southwestern Michigan College, Montcalm Community College, Lansing Community College (Howell proposal), Grand Rapids 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.