MCC Receives $4.1 Million MEDC Equipment Grant!

Posted by on 02.24.15 in Construction Projects, General

I am very pleased to share with you that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office announced today that Muskegon Community College is the recipient of a $4.1 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to support the purchase of equipment required for educational programs in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations.  MCC’s application requested funding for Welding, Foundry/Metallurgy, Machining, CAD, Electrical Technology, Manufacturing Automation, Mechatronics, and Agriculture programs.  The bulk of the funding is expected to support equipment destined for the MCC Downtown Center, formerly known as the Muskegon Chronicle building.  This Downtown Center is designated as the new home of the Applied Technology Department, along with Entrepreneurial Studies, Experiential Learning, and black box/theater space.  The $4.1 million grant is in addition to $7.2 million in bond revenues designated for the construction of the Downtown Center.

I will take this opportunity to applaud the Governor and MEDC for supporting the College in our efforts to invest in our students and skilled trades instruction on campus. This will enhance the talent base upon which Muskegon’s economy will grow and provide a brighter future for West Michigan. Thanks go to the MCC Board of Trustees for having the wisdom to see the need for the College to grow and thrive.  Thanks also go to the MCC Academic Affairs Division for managing the grant application process including VP Teresa Sturrus, Lakeshore Business and Industrial Service Center Director Dan Rinsema-Sybenga and Lakeshore staff Cindy Langlois.  The Applied Technology Department, Business Department, Experiential Learning, and  the Arts and Humanities departments deserve thanks for their support of this initiative.  Finally, thanks go to our business partners who collaborated in the development of the grant application as well as the public for voting approval of bonding authority for the College in 2013 to initiate our infrastructure projects.  Congrats to all on a job well done!

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