ATC Marks First Decade

May 17, 2002
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Applied Technology Center today is giving its employees, donors and all others involved in its decade of existence a big "thank you."

Call it a birthday present in reverse.

Over the past 10 years, the ATC, a product of Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University, has become a nationally recognized facility with innovative, applied training designed for success in the workplace. Today, the ATC will hold two celebrations to recognize its success and to thank all of those involved.

"The first," Tom Boozer, executive director of the ATC, said, "will be a luncheon at the Applied Technology Center to recognize the initial donors who were a part of the $6 million that was given during the first stages of the center."

The second celebration will include the signing by FSU and GRCC of the current enrollment agreement.

Boozer said the "ATC programs represent a continuum of learning that serves the community work force needs from entry level employment to graduate degree programs. The programs and services are dedicated to providing the competitive edge essential for continued economic success and community growth."

The ATC serves 12,000 people each week in its 231,000 square feet of work force development space and provides 575 computer stations with Internet access, 550 machine tools, a world-class restaurant, conference facilities, interactive television sites and teleconferencing/satellite facilities.

The center is open seven days a week for classes and also offers customized training for businesses. The program will train employees on site and at the ATC in any skill the job requires.

"The Applied Technology Center has changed and will continue to evolve as students' needs and businesses' needs change. This celebration allows us to show our donors and the public what we have done and what we continue to do as we evolve," said Boozer.

"Right now we are excited about the extension of the ATC, the M-TEC Center, and we will continue to see what positive things come from there."

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