Chaffin named chairman of MCCC campaign

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.

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