By Sean P. Mulhall – Editor-in-Chief
A celebration of the Patrick A. Thompson M-TEC facility’s 15th year is planned for Thursday.
A partnership between Grand Rapids Community College and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, in an effort “to meet a regional need for training in the skilled trades,” resulted in the creation of the center located at 6364 136th Ave. in Olive Township.
“We have been partners with the OAISD since 1992, and that bond has only strengthened since the Thompson M-TEC’s opening,” GRCC President Steven Ender stated in a press release. “Not only does the OAISD provide crucial support in the day-to-day business of running a college, they work with our staff to make sure our programs continue to meet the needs of lakeshore employers and residents.”
Dan Clark, Dean of Academic Outreach at GRCC, works at the Lakeshore campus and will be helping emcee the event.
“We hope to showcase some of the new equipment we got from part of the (Skilled Trades Equipment) grant the school got recently,” Clark said about the event. “It’s nice to get people out here to see what we have at the (lakeshore) campus … We provide learning opportunities 45 minutes to the west, so people don’t have to waste time and gas to further their education.”
The anniversary event recognizing the founding partners and donors is scheduled from 4-6 p.m., with facility tours planned from 4-5 p.m. A recognition program will follow. For questions or to RSVP contact Janice Winters at (616) 738-8935.