Dedication Ceremony Held for MCC Venice Professional Development Center

(Bradenton, Fla., Aug. 5, 2005) - The new $4.5 million Manatee Community College (MCC) Venice Professional Development Center (PDC) took the spotlight Monday, Aug. 15, in a formal dedication ceremony. Members of the public toured the 38,101 square-foot facilities and joined in recognizing community leaders and organizations that made it a reality.

For the first time in the history of MCC Venice, rooms were named in recognition of financial contributors. Honorees recognized at the dedication ceremony include:

Mick Gardner, Mike Guley, Jack Meyerhoff, Bob Ochs, Dr. Jim Woods, Sister Mary Catherine Rogers and Sister Mary Regina Flatley, representing the Venice Hospital Foundation Nursing Wing;

Annette and Tom Dignam and family, representing the Dignam Family of Englewood Mathematics Classroom;

Melody Trimble and Joanie Jeannette, representing the Venice Regional Medical Center Nursing Classroom;

Debra Jacobs, representing the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation Community Room;

Randy and Gail White and PGT Industries employees, representing the Randy and Gail White Classroom.

A reception, sponsored by designer SCHENKELSHULTZ Architecture, Forney Engineering, and general contractor Tandem Construction, was held in the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Community Room.

Participants in the dedication ceremony included Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, MCC President; Joan McGill, MCC Venice campus executive officer; Rip duPont, MCC District board of trustees chairman; Sharon Eisele, student speaker; Steve Prouty, president, The Foundation for Manatee Community College Inc.; Larry Ellis, Schenkel & Schultz Architects; Ron Forney, Forney Engineering, Inc.; Peter Hayes, Tandem Construction; and the honorees. 

A donor plaque will hang permanently in the lobby.

A former gymnasium transformed into a campus focal point, the new PDC features 12 regular and two distance-learning classrooms, computer laboratories, a nursing wing and laboratory, a 200-person capacity multipurpose area with state-of-the-art audiovisual capacity, a food-warming kitchen and offices for Corporate and Community Development programs including the Traffic Safety Institute, Small Business Development Center and GED program.

Renovation of the PDC expansion was propelled by enrollment growth that filled classrooms. With support from the local legislative delegation, the Florida Legislature funded the primary construction, and The Foundation for Manatee Community College Inc. raised additional funds to equip classrooms.

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