Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) has received a $1.2 million donation from California resident and Presque Isle native Mary Smith. The gift will be directed toward projects designed to support the emerging green energy industry in the region and state.
NMCC will use the funds to establish the Northern Maine Center for Excellence in Alternative Energy Training and Education, a project that had been conceptualized by college officials in hopes of finding funding resources.
As a result of the donation, the project will be fast-tracked, as will the purchase of $650,000 of instructional equipment that will allow for the expansion of NMCC's wind power technology program.
The equipment will allow the NMCC to double its enrollment of first-year students in the program from 18 to 36, to better serve the student demand for the program as well as industry needs.
The donation was made in honor of Smith's late husband, Rodney Smith, a native of England who achieved success in the U.S. as a businessman and pioneer in the semi-conductor industry.
Although NMCC officials intend to announce further specifics of what projects will be initiated and which purchases will be made with the donation in the near future, the intention is to utilize $500,000 to support the establishment of the Center for Excellence. NMCC will develop the facility at a recently renovated 7,800 square-foot building located near the campus.
SOURCE: Northern Maine Community College