MCCC’s Welding program to expand with donated property

The Board of Trustees plans to expand the welding program after accepting the donation of a building on Hurd Road.

Plans for the property were discussed at the board meeting Monday night.

The property was donated to MCCC by Pump Engineering LLC and its shareholders.

It includes five acres of land and is located at 1004 West Hurd Road in Monroe.

“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” President David Nixon said.

MCCC received a $1.7 million Community-Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a Welding Center of Expertise at the college.  The grant will be used to renovate the property and to expand the welding program.

To survey and review the property, the college has hired an environmental study company, an environmental attorney, an architect, and an appraiser, Vice President of Business Affairs and Treasurer Tim Bennett said.

Trustee Bill Braunlich said, if everything goes well, MCCC could own the land in a matter of months.

“It’ll be shovel-ready,” Trustee Joe Bellino said.

Braunlich said there are no strings attached and that, if needed, the college can sell the property after the money from the welding grant runs out.

“We are really grateful,” Nixon said.