Laker Current staff report
Mid Michigan Community College’s new Center for Liberal Arts and Business is starting to take shape as fall classes get under way. With an anticipated opening just one year away, the center will enable the unification of all of the college’s Mt. Pleasant classrooms and services onto one site.
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 also will allow MMCC to offer expanded library and academic support services.
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, is central to this plan. A portion of the funding for the project is coming from MMCC’s first-ever capital campaign, which has a goal of raising $5 million.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the center took place on April 26, attracting state senators and representatives as well as some of the area’s top businessmen.
“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, at the time of the groundbreaking. “It took a lot of work and a lot of people pulling together for us to get to this point.”
The center will be connected to the present Herbert D. Doan Center for Science & Health Technologies, which is located at the corner of Broadway and Summerton.