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After years of planning, Mid Michigan Community College will open the doors of its new Center for Liberal Arts and Business in Mt. Pleasant this fall. The Center, located on MMCC’s campus at the corner of Broadway and Summerton, is the culmination of a nine year effort to improve student learning spaces and unify the college’s Mt. Pleasant operations onto one campus.

Construction of the $18 million center is nearly complete. Over the summer, the college will move completely out of its building on Pickard Street in preparation for classes in the new location this fall.

MMCC has been offering classes on Pickard Street for twenty years. While the building was functional, the college had outgrown the space. The college intends to sell the Pickard Campus so the building can remain a vital part of the eastern corridor into Mt. Pleasant.

At 101,000 square feet, the Center for Liberal Arts and Business will support transfer programs, liberal arts, business, visual arts, and math programs. The additional space will allow MMCC to offer expanded library and academic support services, an important component of student success. The center also includes a community room that seats 250 people, which will allow expanded programming for students and the community.

“This is a major step forward in our ability to serve the region,” said Churchill. “Whether students are planning to transfer to a university or preparing for a career, they will have a better learning experience because of this facility.”

Funding for this project came from a combination of State funding, college savings, and significant donor support. MMCC’s first-ever capital campaign raised over $5 million to support facility projects on campus. The campaign is now in its final phase, which includes opportunities to purchase recognition plaques, tours, and special events to raise additional funds needed to support ongoing construction.

“We have been so pleased with the level of support and interest that we are getting from the community,” said Churchill. “As the community’s college, we touch so many lives and people really understand the impact that a vibrant community college can have on the region. The Center for Liberal Arts and Business ensures that we will remain an important part of the education and training landscape for years to come.”

For more information about MMCC’s Center for Liberal Arts and Business, contact Matt Miller at 989.386.6600 or at mmiller@midmich.edu.

 
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