Muskegon Community College Receives $2.51 Million Federal Infrastructure Grant!

Posted by on 09.30.15 in Construction Projects, Uncategorized

Muskegon Community College will receive $2.51 million to renovate the former Muskegon Chronicle buildings into an Applied Technology Center as part of a Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant.

“The Obama Administration is committed to helping communities develop a workforce with 21st century skills,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “As part of the Department of Commerce’s ‘Skills for Business’ initiative, this EDA investment announced today will provide vital training and resources for students and entrepreneurs throughout Western Michigan.”

We are very excited about how this award is going to impact our manufacturing and entrepreneurial programs, The timing is perfect as we implement our renovation of the former Muskegon Chronicle facility, now known as the Muskegon Community College Downtown Center. These funds will allow us to improve programs that directly lead to jobs in the West Michigan area. Companies have been requesting a showcase facility that highlights manufacturing education and connects them to the skilled workers they need. This facility will help them accomplish their goals.

MCC’s allocation of $2.51 million requires an additional $6.47 million in matching funds for a total of $8.98 million. The match is being provided by funds approved by Muskegon County voters to create a downtown Muskegon facility.  MCC received $4.1 million earlier this year from the MIchigan Economic Development Administration, $3.8 million of which is dedicated to the Downtown Center’s equipment.  All told, MCC has secured over $11 million toward the completion of the Downtown Center.

Many thanks go to MCC staff, faculty, and staff of the West Michigan Regional Shoreline Development Commission for shepherding the grant proposal through the process and to the US Department of Commerce Economic Administration for assisting Muskegon Community College and West Michigan in investing in our talent base.  Thanks also go to the MCC Board of Trustees for having the foresight (years ago) to understand the talent development needs of Muskegon and the West Michigan.

Please visit the MCC News website for more on this exciting development.

 

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