Groundbreaking held for CTC

Walls for the Career Technology Center at MCCC are expected to be up by Sunday, July 1.

Groundbreaking for the center was held on Friday, May 4.

The formal groundbreaking for the new $17 million Career Technology Center at MCCC was held Friday, May 4.

Paul W. Smith, a Monroe native and morning anchor for Detroit’s WJR-AM radio station was the master of ceremonies for the groundbreaking. Smith also hosted a special edition of his morning news and talk show live from the college. 

The groundbreaking took place in front of the site of the 60,000-square foot facility, which will be between the L and H buildings on campus.

The Career Technology Center is designed to provide state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space for tech programs aimed at helping students secure high-growth, high-demand and high-paying jobs, MCCC President Dr. David Nixon said.

Others speakers included U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Dearborn), state Sen. Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), state Rep. Dale Zorn (R-Ida), MCCC Board Chairman William J. Bacarella Jr., and Michael R. Meyer, chairman of The Foundation at MCCC and a college trustee. 

The Career Technology Center will allow several existing programs now housed in the East and West Technology buildings to be updated. Included are nuclear engineering, welding, construction, computer-aided drafting and manufacturing, electronics, mechanical engineering and automation, quality assurance, and automotive engineering and service with an emphasis on hybrid and battery technology. 

 The state of Michigan will finance half the cost of construction.  The college has committed to fund the other half through existing funds and a capital campaign in support of the facility.