An expansion project adding an additional 4,608 square feet to Kellogg Community College’s Eastern Academic Center in Albion was completed this month.
KCC broke ground on the project – which added three classrooms, a seminar room and office space at the center – on Aug. 23; the on-time completion of the project allows the news space to be available for use by students whose spring semester started Jan. 17.
The EAC serves nearly 400 college and high school students each semester, and Dr. Colin McCaleb, director of the EAC, said the College is proud to be able to expand the facility to accommodate enrollment growth in the Albion and Marshall areas.
“KCC is pleased to expand educational opportunities for students on the eastern side of the college district,” McCaleb said. “With our additional classrooms, the Eastern Academic Center can provide day and night college classes as well as accommodate the Marshall Alternative High School and the Opportunity School.”
Funding for the roughly $1 million expansion project came from local grants, including a $500,000 gift from the Marshall-based Cronin Foundation, and KCC’s voter-approved capital millage. Detroit-based Walbridge, which has offices in Kalamazoo, served as the general contractor for the project; architectural work was completed by TowerPinkster.
The 15,071-square-foot EAC is one of three regional academic centers operated by KCC. The facility serves KCC students in addition to high school students who attend the Marshall Alternative High School. Marshall also operates the Opportunity School, an early-college program for high schoolers, at the EAC on weekdays.
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