Zorn secures funding for MCCC building renovations

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — As part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget finalized by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Dale Zorn was able to secure up to $3.75 million for Monroe County Community College (MCCC) to renovate the East and West Technology buildings.

“As Monroe County’s only higher education institution, Monroe County Community College is vital to attracting job creators to the area and preparing residents for successful careers,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This Capital Outlay funding will enable the college to repurpose the old industrial technology buildings for use as classrooms and labs for high-growth, high-demand instructional programs. It will also help retrofit mechanical and electrical systems for energy efficiency.”

The funding is included in the Capital Outlay section of House Bill 5294, which contains Fiscal Year 2017 budgets for principal state departments and the Judiciary and Legislative branches.

“Thanks so much to Senator Zorn for advocating for Monroe County Community College,” said MCCC President Kojo Quartey. “We are excited to hear this great news and will utilize the funds to further assist students and transform this great institution as we continue to enrich the lives of Monroe County residents.”

MCCC board chairman Joseph Bellino, Jr. said, “As chairman of the Monroe County Community College Board of Trustees, I would like to express my gratitude to the Senate for their faith in our mission. Receiving a fourth capital outlay from the state in less than 30 years speaks volumes about our administration, faculty, staff and students.”

HB 5294 has been sent to the governor to be signed. The FY 2017 budget takes effect on Oct. 1.