GRAYLING – On Friday, Sept. 6, Kirtland Community College celebrated the opening of its brand-new Michigan Forest Products Institute building on the Grayling campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony. President Dr. Tom Quinn, state legislators, members of the Board of Trustees and community members provided special remarks, and tours of the new building followed.
With a focus on trade education, the new building houses the cosmetology program’s updated Kirtland Salon, modern wood science and automation labs, library and tutoring center, additional classroom and office space, and more. Classes began in the space on Aug. 26.
“Kirtland is more than just a place for college classes. It’s a place where creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial people come together to build connections and discover opportunities,” stated president Dr. Tom Quinn, “To understand Kirtland, it’s essential to recognize that our communities and our people are changing, just as we are. We’re continually evolving to meet the needs of students, our employers, and citizens.”
The Michigan Forest Products Institute provides enhanced learning opportunities in a variety of professional trade programs, such as welding, automation process control, wood science technology, and more. With over 545,000 job openings expected in trade careers through 2026, Kirtland’s newest facility is aiming to help meet the high demand for professional trade skills across the state. By providing hands-on, quality training with advanced resources, the college sets students up for sustainable, fulfilling jobs and strengthens the local workforce.
“[Kirtland Community College] is offering programs that are innovative and truly matter in today’s world,” said Michigan State Senator Daire Rendon.
To learn more about the Michigan Forest Products Institute and programs offered at Grayling, visit www.kirtland.edu/grayling/.
About Kirtland Community College
Established in 1966, Kirtland Community College is a two-year college that serves over 17 communities as the largest Michigan community college district. The college offers 38 degrees and certifications across four campuses, and continuously strives to adapt programming to meet economic demands. By fostering a culture of innovation, Kirtland equips students with the tools they need to succeed in fulfilling careers. www.kirtland.edu.