MCC enrollment exceeds 5,200!
Muskegon Community College has never been busier, with enrollment having reached 5,234 students. Unfortunately, many of our facilities are almost 50 years old—including our Science/Technology Building—and we’re quickly running out of space.
Proceeds of the bond measure will allow MCC to add new science labs, modern classrooms and new instructional technology, positively impacting our nursing, respiratory therapy, and more than 25 other current and future programs.
Retooling the local workforce
The need for talent development, workforce training and job creation is at an all-time high. MCC is currently working with more than 200 companies throughout Muskegon County and Western Michigan in creating customized training programs and developing apprenticeships and internships. MCC is developing new programs to meet the needs of its local employers, while at the same time expanding existing programs—like nursing—that are in high demand.
A small investment with significant returns for our entire community
The College’s Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to place a $31.1 million bond measure on the November 2012 ballot. The estimated monthly tax impact of the bond measure is $1.98 per $100,000 of a home’s market value. It is a modest investment with significant returns.
• Improving and expanding MCC’s 47-year-old Science/Technology Building. This includes renovating 20,000 sq. ft. of existing space, creating a two-level 21,000 sq. ft. addition which would include six new science labs, six new classrooms, and updated equipment and technology.
• Improving and expanding the 50-year-old Bartels-Rode health education facility, the most heavily used building on campus. Improvementsinclude expanding the facility by 27,000 sq. ft. and renovating the existing 17,500 sq. ft.
• Moving the Creative Arts Department out of the existing pole-barn-style building into a new space. The improvements will include five new art studios, three classrooms, exhibition gallery, kiln room, improvements to the Overbrook Theater and band/music area, and an expanded lab and multimedia classroom.
The bond ballot measure has budgeted for a Downtown Center to house the new Creative Arts space, including the exhibit gallery. This is a unique opportunity to address the need for instructional space and serve as a catalyst to economic development in downtown Muskegon.
Paid for by Yes for MCC