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MMCC breaks ground for new tech center

MT. PLEASANT — Mid Michigan Community College recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Morey Technical Education Center on the college’s Mt. Pleasant Campus.

The Morey Technical Center, so named because of generous funding from The Morey Foundation, will complete the development of a comprehensive and unified campus in Mt. Pleasant that mirrors the services offered at the college’s Harrison location.

 During her speech at the ceremony, MMCC President Carol Churchill emphasized how impactful this facility would be: “This is such an exciting day for MMCC. We’re taking a real leap forward in terms of meeting critical workforce demands and providing a pipeline for high school students who want to continue their technical training locally.”

Sen. John Moolenaar and Rep. Joel Johnson along with Bobbie Arnold, director of The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, and Lon Morey, president of the Morey Foundation, also commented on the new center’s importance to Isabella, Gratiot, and surrounding counties.

 

Responding to the demand identified by area manufacturers for trained employees, the design of the tech center was engineered with flexible spaces that will serve present and future training needs in basic and advanced manufacturing principles and technologies. While there will be dedicated areas for welding and computer-aided drafting, other areas are open and meant to respond to short-term training needs.

 

The facility will also house the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center – supported by the Small Business Administration and hosted by MMCC – that will continue to support entrepreneurs and help grow established businesses. In addition, as the college works with local school systems, the Morey Technical Education Center will provide the training needed to retain talented students who are interested in technical training after graduating from high school.

 

“We are collaborating with local employers about the programs and trainings offerings in the center,” said Scott Govitz, MMCC’s Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development. “We know that there’s a shortage of skilled workers for many of our local industry partners, and we want to ensure that those industry needs will be met by the Morey Technical Center.”

 

The $3.4 million project is evidence of MMCC’s ongoing commitment to meeting vital workforce development needs in the central Michigan area. It will be principally funded through private contributions, and to date, 60% of the needed funds have been raised. This funding progress, along with the critical need for the facility, motivated MMCC to move forward with construction in anticipation of future contributions.

 

Site work for the Morey Technical Center began this fall, with completion of the center expected in late-summer 2014.

 

For more information about the Morey Technical Education Center or MMCC’s campus unification project in Mt. Pleasant, contact Matt Miller at (98) 386.6600 or mmiller@midmich.edu.

 

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