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MCC classes slated to open at new township site

Krystle Wagner • Aug 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Muskegon Community College courses offered in Grand Haven have a new location when the fall semester starts later this month.

Since the college purchased the former Clock Life Story Funeral Home at 16777 Lincoln St. in Grand Haven Township, renovations have been underway and are expected to be completed in time for the start of the fall 2019 semester on Aug. 26.

The purchase and renovations are expected to cost about $832,000 combined, said MCC President Dale Nesbary.

The 6,500-square-foot building was entirely gutted and reconfigured. The one-floor building includes three classrooms, a multipurpose room, lobby, student lounge and administration area, said Dan Rinsema-Sybenga, MCC’s dean of academic affairs.

Work being done includes plumbing, drywall, new heating and cooling system, and framing for classrooms. Nesbary noted the items were either reconfigured or are new purchases.

Renovations are expected to be wrapped up by the second week of August, and the college will have immediate occupancy.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The college previously leased the lower level of the Grand Haven Community Center for its Grand Haven campus since 2012. MCC officials were looking to have a permanent location in Ottawa County, and one that would serve students more effectively, Nesbary said.

The township building is more centrally located in the county; near Grand Haven High School; and closer to West Ottawa, Zeeland and Holland schools, which Nesbary noted they have relationships with for the Early Middle College program.

About 1,200 students in Ottawa County are enrolled in MCC, and about one-third of them would enroll specifically at that location, Nesbary said. In the coming years, he said they expect to see student enrollment grow.

The new location allows for room to expand if the college needs to in the future, Rinsema-Sybenga noted. Owning the building also gives the college flexibility to provide consistency in terms of the classroom set up and maintenance to how things are done on the main campus, he added.

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