Lawmakers visit construction projects at MCCC
State Senator Dale Zorn, R-Ida and State Representatives TC Clements, R-Temperance and Joe Bellino, R-Monroe, visited Monroe County Community College this week to tour the campus and see firsthand main the various construction projects that have been recently completed or are underway at the college’s main campus on Raisinville Rd.
Kojo Quartey, chairman of MCCC, led lawmakers on the tour which included Founders Hall, the recently renamed junction of the former East and West Technology buildings, which was created with the renovation and expansion of the buildings into one modern facility. specially designed to foster student success, said the MCCC.
During the visit, Suzanne M. Wetzel, MCCC vice president of administration, shared highlights of the combined facility which now houses numerous support services, state-of-the-art classrooms , computer labs and workspaces, an abundance of adaptable student lounges and collaboration spaces, private workspaces for student groups, multiple college departments and programs, and more.
The cost of the renovation was approximately $ 9 million, of which $ 5.25 million was funded by Phase 1 of the Maintenance and Improvement Millage and $ 3.75 million by the state.
Scott Behrens, vice president of enrollment management and student success, shared the opportunities that the creation of the Student Success Center, housed in Founders Hall, will provide students in a centralized state-of-the-art location.
Zorn, Clements and Bellino also visited the Gerald Welch Health Education Building.
Grace Yackee, vice president of education, shared the importance of the planned renovations to the facility, which primarily houses the nursing and respiratory therapy programs. As the need for professionals in these fields grows, so does the need for training facilities such as the MCCC for students, the MCCC said.
The renovations to the HEB and the Campbell Learning Resources Center are among the projects planned for Phase 2 of the college improvement plans, funded in large part by the approval by voters in 2020 of the renewal without increasing the Maintenance Millage. and improvement.