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Groundbreaking moves campus unification forward

Laker Current Staff Report

Mid Michigan Community College broke ground on its new Center for Liberal Arts and Business, which will be located in Mt. Pleasant at the corner of Broadway and Summerton.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on April 26, and speakers at the day’s event included State Senators Darwin Booher, Judy Emmons and John Moolenaar as well as State Representatives Kevin Cotter and Joel Johnson. Rick Barz and Michael Huenemann from Isabella Bank also spoke in support of the college’s growth and the new construction effort.

For the past four years, MMCC has been working to bring its campus unification project to fruition. The $18 million project, half of which is funded by the state, will further MMCC’s intention to unify all of its Mt. Pleasant classrooms and services onto one site.  Completion of the project is planned for fall 2014.

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Groundbreaking for MMCC’s new Center for Liberal Arts and Business in Mt. Pleasant

The new 100,000 square foot Center for Liberal Arts and Business will assume all operations currently taking place on the Pickard site. It will support transfer programs, liberal arts, business, visual arts, and math programs. The additional space will also allow MMCC to offer expanded library and academic support services.

“This building is a dream that began a long time ago, and we’ve been saving and planning for this day since then,” said Carol Churchill, MMCC President. “It took a lot of work and a lot of people pulling together for us to get to this point. We can’t thank our hard-working state representatives and senators enough for their support in our receiving these state appropriations, nor can we overlook the contributions that have come in already from generous community donors and businesses.”

A portion of the funding for the project is coming from MMCC’s first-ever capital campaign. Campaign Chair Michael Huenemann announced that the campaign has raised $3.8 million toward its $5 million goal to this point.  A video of the groundbreaking ceremonies is available for viewing at http://www.midmich.edu/?gid=2&sid=233&pid=3778.

For more information about MMCC’s Campus Unification project, its Center for Liberal Arts and Business, or for information on how to support the project financially, contact Matt Miller at (989) 386-6600.

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