One of Michigan’s larger community college campuses got even bigger this month following approval by the state to acquire new land.
The state agreed to transfer more than 120 acres of its land to Kirtland Community College’s Roscommon campus.
It’s an effort to bring a new and accessible health sciences center to the area.
Dr. Thomas Quinn, President of Kirtland, said the goal for the college is to consolidate its programs and to create new educational programs.
“As we talk to citizens, they are saying that they are concerned about healthcare,” he said. “They are also concerned with people moving out of the area. The hospitals and clinics say that they need talented and educated people and that the healthcare industry is changing in fundamental ways.”
Dr. Quinn said the healthcare industry is a vital part to the community’s economy and that it’s important for the college to provide those services.
“We have a long history of providing healthcare professionals to hospitals and clinics, and we look like to continue that,” he said.
He said the college’s next step is to assess the feasibility to construct the training center.