BY AMY ROBINSON
Mid Michigan Community College is ready to launch an 18-million dollar building project. The college is based in Harrison. It's adding a new academic building in Mt Pleasant.
The college has had the Academic and Business Studies facility in the planning stages for four-years. Recently, the state passed an 8.85-million dollars appropriations to help fund the project.
The building will help consolidate Mid's Mt Pleasant operations into one geographic area. A move that college president Carol Churchill said will serve students well.
"Well, during the times of really high unemployment, we were bursting at the seams on both campuses. We do tend to have a very robust enrollment down in Mt Pleasant. Well over half of our students are attending at that location."
Churchill said in one ten-year period, Mid saw an enrollment increase of 122%
She said the state appropriation will cover half of the construction costs for the new building. The college will fund the other half.
Groundbreaking is expected next March with expected completion in the fall of 2014.