DTE Energy Foundation Makes $1-Million Gift To Support Career Technology
MONROE, Mich., March 8, 2013
MONROE, Mich., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The DTE Energy Foundation has
made a $1-million contribution to support the capital campaign for the new
Career Technology Center at Monroe County Community College, and to also
promote diversity at the college.
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The announcement was made by Ron May, DTE Energy Senior vice president, major
enterprise projects, at a luncheon today at the college sponsored by The
Foundation at MCCC.
The $17-million, 60,000-square foot Career Technology Center, which is
scheduled to open in the fall, will provide infrastructure to support
state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space required to deliver instruction and
skills necessary to secure high-growth, high-demand and high-paying jobs.
"Monroe County Community College and DTE Energy have a longstanding, close
relationship that has greatly benefited the citizens of Monroe County," said
May, adding that Monroe County is home to the Monroe Power Plant and the Fermi
2 Nuclear Power Plant, two of DTE Energy's largest electric generating plants.
"We are pleased to join MCCC as a key partner in this facility, which will
play such a vital role in future of our citizens, our students, our businesses
and industries, and our community at large."
MCCC Board Chairman William J. Bacarella Jr. added that the DTE Energy
Foundation's grant will further strengthen the community by supporting a
college initiative to increase diversity. Bacarella said that the college is
developing a program to provide more educational opportunities for young
people in Southeastern Michigan, while helping to diversify the future work
force of our state.
"Both the diversity initiative and the Career Technology Center will
accomplish several objectives that are inherent in our mission – to fully
prepare a cross section of students for meaningful employment, partner
strategically with business and industry, and to advance the economic
prosperity of Monroe County," Bacarella said.
The Career Technology Center will allow for the updating and expansion of
existing programs now housed in the East and West Technology buildings, which
are inadequate to meet modern technology needs.
These include program areas such as 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.
In addition, the Career Technology Center will provide facilities and
equipment necessary for the development of programs in the emerging areas of
advanced manufacturing; renewable energies such as wind, solar and fuel cell
technology, and sustainable and green technologies.
A combination of sustainable systems has been integrated into the design of
the facility that will be incorporated into the curriculum. The building will
serve as a learning laboratory for students in industrial technology fields.
The Career Technology Center is being built to Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standards and will feature state-of-the-art
lab space, a geothermal system, Industrial Technology Division and faculty
offices, a computer classroom and labs for all of the following areas:
automation, automotive, construction, electronics, manufacturing, materials,
mechanical design, metrology, renewable energy, nuclear energy and welding.
"This facility will invigorate the skill capacity in our region over the next
decade to produce a workforce that will make businesses more competitive and
profitable," said MCCC President Dr. David Nixon. "The Career Technology
Center is at its very core a means to spur regional growth and prosperity."
The $1 million gift builds on a partnership between DTE Energy and Monroe
County Community College that has fostered many successful projects of late,
such as the development of the college's nuclear engineering technology
program and construction management technology certificate program with a
specialization in heavy and industrial construction.
In addition, the company constructed a 500-kilowatt SolarCurrents installation
on the MCCC campus in 2011 and made a $45,000 grant and additional in-kind
donation of solar equipment in 2010 to MCCC in support of curriculum
development to establish an alternative/renewable energy program.
The state of Michigan is financing half the cost of construction of the Career
Technology Center. The college has committed to fund the other half through
existing funds and a capital campaign in support of the facility.
"The Foundation at MCCC is very excited about the newest gift to our capital
campaign, and we send an enthusiastic invitation to all the folks of Monroe
County and the State of Michigan to become part of it," said Michael R. Meyer,
chair of The Foundation at MCCC and a college trustee. "This truly is a
facility that will enrich, inspire and educate for generations to come."
More information on the Career Technology Center at MCCC, including ways to
support the new facility, is available www.monroeccc.edu/ctc.
Joe Verkennes, Monroe County Community College, (734) 384-4207
Vanessa Waters, DTE Energy, (313) 235-7255
SOURCE Monroe County Community College
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