Monroe County Community College, in partnership with the City of Monroe and the City of Luna Pier, has been awarded a federal Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Planning Grant of $45,000 from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Dr. Kojo A. Quartey, MCCC president has announced.
The grant will be used in a project to provide programmatic and advocacy support for electric vehicle planning and EV charging infrastructure in Monroe County, he said.
In addition, the grant project will further educate MCCC students and residents throughout the region on EV technician and engineering technology curriculum being created by MCCC and other EV Jobs Academy partner institutions, as well as the benefits that new EV-related jobs will provide to local, regional and state economies, said Tom Adamich, MCCC’s EV awareness coordinator.
Included in the educational and promotional tactics will be public forums on EV technology, media awareness efforts, collateral and an electric vehicle show in the fall.
The grant requires a local match of $8,167.50.
SEMCOG supports local planning through its technical, data, and intergovernmental resources, and, according to its website, www.semcog.org, the work SEMCOG does improves the quality of the region's water, makes the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalizes communities and spurs economic development.
The EV Jobs Academy is an initiative to develop and expand a highly qualified and skilled workforce in the automotive mobility and electrification industry. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training leads this effort along with its partner, the Workforce Intelligence Network. MCCC is a member of the EV Jobs Academy's Education and Training Team.
About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.