GUEST VIEW: New day dawns for area education

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:16 am on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Guest View | Bob Ferrentino

On behalf of everyone associated with Montcalm Community College, I am pleased to announce Thursday’s grand opening of the Bill Braman Family Center for Education located on our Greenville campus.

A result of many months of planning, the Braman Center is a key element in the development of a more comprehensive campus in Greenville, creating an enriched learning environment, and increasing capacity to serve our area learners. The vision for the campus is taking shape as a result of collaborative work among the college, K-12 school districts, health-care providers, business and industry, local government units, and area universities.

We are fortunate to live in a community where this spirit of collaboration among many different partners fuels a positive outlook for our future. Although we have experienced more than our share of economic bad news, the fact remains that we are resilient and are working together to create a brighter future. Our school systems are sound, with committed leadership crafting a vision of excellence for our children. Manufacturers have come through the hard times and are seeing growth in their businesses. Our health-care providers are state-of-the-art and nationally recognized for the quality of their services. The agricultural base in our region is a cornerstone of our economy.

A critical component of re-invigorating our economic condition is the ability of our citizens to more easily access higher education and training opportunities offered in a quality, affordable and relevant fashion. The Braman Center is one more “tool” designed to expand educational opportunities available to area residents.

Learners at the Braman Center will find technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, increased health-related training options, renewable energy studies, flexible classroom configurations for access to university-level programming, increased emphasis on non-credit career training, dual enrollment options for high school students, and cultural enrichment offerings.

MCC embraces its mission of creating a learning community leading to shared economic, cultural, and social prosperity for all our citizens. The Braman Center will serve as both an economic and educational development tool in Montcalm County for many years to come, enabling us to:

• Prepare students for jobs in high-skill, high-demand careers

• Offer more opportunities for people to develop skills in high-tech areas related to manufacturing

• Develop more highly skilled workers in the high-demand employment area of health careers

• Continue to grow an environmentally-aware citizenry through the delivery of relevant training in alternative and renewable energy strategies

• Expand cultural enrichment and lifelong learning opportunities

• Serve our stakeholders with the best we’ve got.

A new day is dawning on educational choices for Montcalm County residents and we invite you to be a part of it. Please join us at our Greenville Campus at 4 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of The Bill Braman Family Center for Education.

Bob Ferrentino is Montcalm Community College president.

The opinions expressed in the Guest View do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Daily News.

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