Proos tours Lake Michigan Colleges renovations

BENTON HARBOR – State Sen. John Proos toured Lake Michigan College’s science classroom renovations at the Napier Avenue Campus on Monday.

“It was great having Senator Proos here to see not only the projects we have underway and some of our future plans, but also to talk about our student success agenda and how the college can help create a wonderful environment to grow our local economy,” said Dr. Robert Harrison, Lake Michigan College president.

Harrison gave Proos a rundown of the 10,400 square feet of science classrooms, labs and other facilities that began early this month.

Renovation plans include three chemistry labs, two biology labs, a greenhouse, a preparation room, a supply room, a welding lab, a space to accommodate the dental assistant training program, and extra classrooms and offices.  In 2009, LMC built two microbiology labs and two anatomy and physiology labs and in 2010, the college renovated physical science rooms and mechanical systems.

“It is great to see the educational opportunities that are opening up right here in our backyard,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph.  “Michigan needs a highly skilled work force in order to compete in the economic climate of today.  Jobs in the science and technology fields are rapidly increasing and Lake Michigan College is doing their part to prepare the southwest Michigan workforce.”

In 2007, curriculum grants totaling $2 million were awarded to LMC from the U.S. Department of Education in order to fund the project.  The college will spend $3.98 million on these renovations, which are expected to conclude in August so that students can use the facilities throughout the 2011-12 school year.