Why Do We Need To Expand?

Posted by on 10.21.13 in 2013 Ballot Question

I am often asked, why do we need to expand?  Aren’t we right sized already?  The answer to this is simple:

2,000 and 5,000

  • 2,000 represents the approximate number of students MCC enrolled in the mid-1960s
  • 5,000 is where we are now given current projections, and where we have been for the previous three years

We now enroll 3,000 or 2 ½ times more students than we enrolled in the 1960s.

Let’s look at this another way.  When our Quarterline and Marquette campus opened in 1967:

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson was president of the United States
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were still living
  • The Green Bay Packers were crowned champions of Super Bowl One
  • Gasoline averaged 33 cents per gallon
  • NASA astronauts had not yet landed on the moon
  • The first ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) is put into service in Barclays Bank in London
  • Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Socks was the last baseball Triple Crown Winner prior to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers
  • The parents of many of our current students were not yet born

Clearly, our current campus was constructed a long time ago.  The time has come for a major enhancement of our facilities.

Please feel free to reply or contact me at president@muskegoncc.edu.


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