HARRISON — At a recent meeting with nearly 50 local manufacturers, industry experts, educators and economic development specialists, Mid Michigan Community College unveiled its newly received National Science Foundation grant. The $717,000 grant will fund a Plastics Technology program.
At the meeting, attendees learned about current college activities surrounding its technical education programs at large, as well as the forthcoming plastics grant and program.
The grant demonstrates the college’s intention to meet area industry needs by forming meaningful partnerships and leveraging alternative funding sources. In these ways, MMCC intends to create short term and robust training programs that are specifically designed around local employer’s training needs and employment opportunities. The recent meeting was meant to further the dialogue between the college and manufacturers.
“I’m thrilled for the college and the local manufacturers about this plastics grant,” said Gladwin County Economic Development Director, Guy Alderton. “This project will have a significant impact on local manufacturers’ growth and the economy of this area for years to come.”
Scott Govitz, lead developer of the plastics program for MMCC, notes that the grant will do much more than just create a plastics program at the college.
“Getting the grant was the first major step toward putting our resources to work in direct partnerships with other local entities,” said Govitz. “And, it also represents our ongoing commitment to listen to what area leaders need and to meet those needs through customized training and programming.”
Similar conversations are taking place in Isabella County as well. Development of an MMCC Technical Center at its Mt. Pleasant campus is underway, and area manufacturers have been engaged in conversations about what programs the new center should house.
MMCC’s technical offerings are undergoing a number of changes. Over the last few years, technical facilities and programs have been upgraded and modernized. Included in these changes are roughly $2 Million in upgrades to both the MMCC welding lab and the Heating/Refrigeration/Air Conditioning facility, which included the addition of working geothermal fields for student study and research.
“MMCC has always remained flexible and adaptable so that it could meet the needs of area industry and employers,” Govitz said. “Our new structure brings all of the college’s technical offerings under one umbrella that offers students and employers one place to get the training they need.”
For additional information about the NSF grant or the forthcoming plastics program at MMCC, call 989-386-6614.