By Monroe Evening News staff , December 19, 2011
H. Douglas Chaffin, president and CEO of Monroe Bank & Trust, was named chairman of the Monroe County Community College Career Technology Center Capital Campaign.
He will lead a community fundraising effort by assembling a leadership team, volunteers and staff resources to support the construction and operation of the Career Technology Center.
The campaign, similar to the capital campaign in 2003 to construct the La- Z- Boy Center, will be organized by the Foundation at MCCC. Mr. Chaffin also served in a leadership capacity during the campaign for the La- Z- Boy Center.
“( Mr. Chaffin) realizes the profound benefit the Career Technology Center will have on transitioning our economy and training our workforce to compete for the high-skill, high-demand jobs of tomorrow,” said Dr. David E. Nixon, MCCC president, in a press release. “ We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have Doug at the helm of the campaign.”
He was appointed as chairman earlier this month at a board meeting for the Foundation, in which he served as director. Dr. Ronald Campbell, fi rst vice- chairman of the Foundation and MCCC’s first president, is serving as the campaign’s honorary chairman.
The 60,000- square- foot facility will cost $17 million to construct with the State of Michigan financing half of the cost.
The college’s board of trustees voted to match the other half required to accept the state’s contribution out of college reserves until funding could be raised.
The capital campaign’s theme is “Realizing the Vision: Powering the Workforce of Tomorrow.” The theme was chosen because the Career Technology Center is designed to support instruction necessary for developing in students the skills required by highdemand jobs.
Its purpose is to enhance job retention efforts in Monroe County by addressing industry- identified skill shortages in the region.
The new center will provide skilled workers in nuclear industry and in the automotive sector. The facility will serve as a learning laboratory for students in industrial technology fields.
For more information on the Career Technology Center, including ways to support the new facility, visit www.monroeccc.edu/ctc.