At the November meeting, the Marshall County Council approved a funding request by Marshall County Crossroads and the Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) to provide $1.5 million towards the Marshall County Career Innovation Center (MCCIC). This project was awarded a READI grant of $1.75 million for the construction of the MCCIC earlier this year.
The $1.5 million of local money was part of the $9 million of AARP funding the county received. By helping to fund the construction and renovation required to establish the MCCIC the county is leveraging these one-time funds with the READI funds to provide over $8 million in infrastructure for the county.
The remaining funds required for the project will be from the City of Plymouth and private donations from the community and industry. The MCCIC will provide technical and career training for individuals of all ages. Students will be using the facilities for Career and Technical Education classes, working towards receiving certifications and training for jobs after graduation. MCCIC and LLN will also partner with training providers for adult and workforce continuing education.
“Any time we can provide education and training locally to help keep individuals living and earning in Marshall County, it is a large benefit for everyone in our county,” remarked Councilman Jim Masterson.
The MCCIC is being developed by renovating the current Plymouth Community Schools Service Center. Presently CNC training is taking part in this building. This along with other career-type classes will be expanded into the facility as more students and adults from throughout the county are able to take advantage of these types of courses.
“This commitment by the county to help establish a learning facility of this type,” said Greg Hildebrand, LLN Vice President, “helps maintain and improve the quality of life that is so fundamental for the county’s growth.”
Pictured L-R Councilman Heath Thornton, Council Vice President Jim Masterson, Lifelong Learning Network Executive Director Allie Shook, Lifelong Learning Network Vice President Greg Hildebrand, Council President Mandy Campbell, and Councilman Steve Harper. Councilman Jon VanVactor was unavailable for photo.