Delta plants seed for new Midland campus

Delta College breaks ground for new Midland center
By Michael Piwowarski, news editor.

First it was the Saginaw Center, which broke ground March 26, 2018 on East Genesee Avenue in the downtown area. This year, Delta College has kickstarted the construction of another brand new satellite campus, located in downtown Midland.

Delta College president Jean Goodnow stated in a press release that students, educators and employers have been asking for a new Midland center, and the college is excited to see the project coming to fruition.

The center broke ground at 419 East Ellsworth St Monday, April 22, with Goodnow along with board of trustees chair Diane Middleton and Chief Financial Officer Howard Ungerleider present at the ceremony.

“Delta College has a long tradition of being in the [Tri-Cities] and providing easy access to citizens in each of our three counties that we serve,” says Leanne Govitz, director of marketing and PR. “We’re very excited about being able to offer top quality, state-of-the-art facilities at both [the Midland and Saginaw] locations.”

The new campus is replacing the current Midland learning center, located on Wheeler Road, which has been in operation for 27 years. Due to an aging building and infrastructure, Delta made the decision to build the new downtown facility.

Scheduled to open for the 2020 fall semester, the new Midland Center will be 30,000 square feet and will include science and computer labs, classrooms, advanced educational and training technology, special use training rooms, multi-purpose rooms and labs, and student services.

However, the Midland building will be different from the Saginaw Center in terms of architecture, as there are different contractors handling each project, in an effort for Delta to cater toward each community they serve.

“Enrollment, I believe, for the Midland center currently is between 450-500, and […] classes have not been fully determined yet, but I do believe that to start, we’re expecting six to 700 [at the new campus] with ability to grow,” says Govitz.

Photo courtesy of Delta College press release.

Govitz further states that the academic area is still being worked on for the Midland Center, but Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based classes are anticipated to be offered there, in response to the Midland area’s needs.

Construction of the facility is estimated to cost $13 million total. However, more than $9 has been donated toward the project by local donors, including the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rolin M. Gerstacker Foundation, the Harry and Margaret Towsley Foundation and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.

It is currently undecided what will happen to the current facility when it closes. The Ricker Center in Saginaw is being leased from Saginaw Public Schools, and Delta will simply not renew that lease. The Midland center, on the other hand, is wholly owned by Delta.

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