PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College welcomes the community to celebrate its new $7.4 million Borra Learning Center during a ribbon-cutting and ice cream social at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Public tours of the building will be available during the event until 7 p.m. RSVPs are requested at https://northcentralopenhouse.eventbrite.com.
Formerly known as the Administration/Classroom Building, the Borra Learning Center has been extensively renovated. Features include seven new high-tech classrooms and a new 3,000-square-foot Student Commons, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the college’s Harris Gardens.
North Central President David Roland Finley said the project is a historic renovation and addition to one of the busiest buildings on the college’s Petoskey campus.
“Since the building opened in 1967, thousands of students have passed through its doors on their way to an associate degree and the next step of their career or college journey,” Finley said. “Now the Borra Learning Center is beautifully equipped to better prepare future generations of students for success in a technology-driven world.”
Named for lead donors Pier C. and Renee A. Borra, the Borra Learning Center is part of a $9.9 million campus enhancement project known as the Building Tomorrow Together campaign. The project was funded by a capital outlay from the State of Michigan and investments from North Central’s donor-partners.
Complementing the building renovation and addition, Building Tomorrow Together also advances North Central’s initiatives in several key areas, including:
- Establishing a “First Stop” near the college’s busiest classrooms to provide centralized access to support services, including advising and counseling
- Increasing STEM education and entrepreneurship across the curriculum
- Expanding access to scholarship opportunities and student success supports
NCMC Foundation Executive Director Chelsea Platte described Building Tomorrow Together as shaping the future of higher education in Northern Michigan.
“We are providing our neighbors with access to training and experiences that will help them build their careers and thrive as creative thinkers, problem-solvers, and entrepreneurs,” Platte said. “Working together as a community, we’re unlocking individual potential while increasing our region’s economic resilience.”
More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded during the Aug. 19 open house event. Prizes include $50 restaurant gift cards and $50 gift baskets from local shops.
Southfield-based Neumann/Smith Architecture provided design and architectural services for the project, and Lansing-based Clark Construction Company oversaw the building’s construction. The companies were awarded the project following a competitive bid process and approval by North Central’s Board of Trustees.
North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education of and for the community. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College with a designation of Veteran Friendly Silver by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. For more information, visit www.ncmich.edu.