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August 23, 2017

Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 




MONROE, Mich. – Monroe County Community College officials will formally recognize the college’s switchover from an outdated, conventional heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to a much more energy-efficient and earth-friendly geothermal-based system during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Dining Room of the Audrey M. Warrick Student Services/Administration Building.

The ribbon cutting will be the culmination of a 2-year, $16.1 million project financed by the college over 20 years that has completely transformed the way it heats and cools most of its buildings on its Main Campus, while providing major cost and environmental benefits. 

The ceremony is open to the public.  It will begin with light refreshments at 9 a.m. in the Dining Room, followed by about 30 minutes of remarks beginning at 9:15 a.m.  At 9:45 a.m., attendees will be invited to walk outside of the building to enter the boiler room for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, which will be followed by brief tours and Q&A.

Attendees are advised to wear hard-soled, closed-toe shoes and attire appropriate for entering a boiler room.

Speakers will include Dr. Kojo Quartey, president of MCCC, who will serve as master of ceremonies; Lynette Dowler, chair, MCCC Board of Trustees; Jack Burns, director of campus planning and facilities; Trent DeBoer, project engineer, GMB Architecture and Engineering, and representatives from Ameresco, Inc., the engineer and general contractor for the project.

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 and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  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 at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at