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Local college to get huge grant

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Mott Community College is getting completely up-to-date after receiving a huge grant from the Siemens Corporation.

Siemens Corporation is granting the money in an effort to give Mott the same tools used at nearly every manufacturing company in the world.

The grant adds up to $55.8 million dollars.

Its a grant that Michael Kelly, Executive Director of Public Information for the college, says will allow students to learn cutting edge technology.

"This is what's being used now in the industry, for our students in Michigan. To have that opportunity to work on this software, this is an opportunity that will only be available to them here," says Kelly.

Tom Crampton is the Dean of regional technology initiatives at the college. He says students in many types of curriculums will benefit from this software.

"Its going to shorten the learning curve between what they're getting here at the college in terms of theory and practice and then moving into the workplace," says Crampton. "Obviously our focus here for those students that will become technical."

Michael Kelly says this grant will not only impact students, but the community as well.

"It really gives us a leg up in terms what we can offer our students and what we can offer the people of this area and this becomes one more little piece in the puzzle to try and bring jobs back into Mid-Michigan," says Kelly.

It is the largest grant that the college has received.

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