Montcalm Community College trustees tour construction site

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 11:02 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Montcalm Community College President Robert Ferrentino explains the design of the new facility to MCC rustees during the tour of the new facility Tuesday on the MCC campus in Greenville. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

GREENVILLE — The fog burned off just in time for the Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees to see the progress of the new building on the Greenville campus at the old fairgrounds site.

Board members met Tuesday for their regular meeting at the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center, formerly M-TEC, in Greenville so they could take the tour after the meeting.

“The new building will be a top-notch setting for future students,” said MCC President Robert Ferrentino. “The entire building will feature wireless technology and have a manufacturing lab space.”

According to MCC officials, the new building construction is where it should be at this time and the bond sale for the building his where they expected too.

“We are slightly above where we were last year on funding,” said MCC Vice President for Academic Affairs James Lantz during his report to the board. “The bond sale for the new building has brought in $1.9 million.”

During the tour board members commented on the progress of the new facility.

“What work has been done so far looks wonderful,” said Trustee Patricia Hinrichs.

The new 17,000-square-foot facility is designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certified and is set up to give a more personal learning experience.

“The faculty offices will be accessible to the left of the entrance,” Ferrentino said. “Students will have a nice environment for learning here at the new facility.”

People can see the progress of the new facility live via webcam at online.

Officials estimate the building will be fully enclosed by October. The new building isn’t expected to offer classes until the summer of 2013.

“We are right in line where we wanted to be on this facility,” Ferrentino said. “We will have community open houses so the folks can see what we have done here before classes officially begin.”

Other business discussed during the meeting included the appointment of Trustee Martha Jean Brundage to represent MCC in the Montcalm County School Board Association. Ferrentino also reported the college is at a lower enrollment than last year at this time.

“Fall enrollment is down from last year but the final numbers should show higher when school year begins,” he said.

Another feature students will see this year is the My Montcalm portal will be more personal according to Ferrentino. Students will log in and see a page that is set to their specifIc needs.

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