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Consumers Energy puts charge into tech center

December 25, 2015
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Muskegon Community College New Horizons
Muskegon Community College’s Applied Technology Center, located at the corner of Third Street and Clay Avenue in Muskegon. Courtesy MCC

A West Michigan community college’s downtown center construction project is getting a boost courtesy of a Michigan energy provider.

Muskegon Community College’s “Creating New Horizons” capital campaign received a $25,000 donation from the Consumers Energy Foundation earlier this month. The gift was presented to the Foundation for Muskegon Community College.

“By providing its financial support, the Consumers Energy Foundation is participating in the economic resurgence of downtown Muskegon, assisting with the development of local talent to fill the pipeline of skilled workers, and bringing awareness to careers in manufacturing and entrepreneurial studies,” MCC President Dale K. Nesbary said in a press release.

The donation

The Consumer Energy Foundation’s $25,000 gift will be used to help supplement the general construction and furniture, fixtures and equipment for Muskegon Community College’s Applied Technology Center, located at the corner of Third Street and Clay Avenue in Muskegon. The main entrance into the Applied Technology Department, off of Clay Avenue, will be renamed the Consumers Energy Atrium.

“Our foundation’s support of MCC’s new Applied Technology Center complements our other investments in downtown Muskegon, including the Russell Block building and the new farmers market,” said David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation and Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of governmental and public affairs.

Mengebier added that the foundation has awarded more than $1 million to organizations in Muskegon County.

MCC downtown center

The $14.8 million Muskegon Community College downtown center is scheduled to open in fall of 2017, and will house a number of labs and classrooms for the school’s applied technology department.

The Creating New Horizons campaign funds go toward augmenting the nearly $11 million already raised through a local millage, a Michigan Economic Development Corp. grant for equipment, and a grant from the Economic Development Administration.

The college is offering a number of naming opportunities in exchange for donations, including the name of the downtown center itself, which can be purchased for $1.5 million.

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