FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A major overhaul is being planned for the The Prahl College Center on the campus of Mott Community College in Flint.
The C.S. Mott Foundation recently awarded the college a $12.5 million grant to get the project started.
The Prahl College Center has been a part of the Mott Community College landscape for more than 50 years. Other than a few cosmetic touches the building hasn't seen many upgrades over the decades.
"Not much has been done with it," said Dale Weighill, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at MCC. "It really needs a complete overhaul."
The college is planning to do just that by embarking on a project that will give the building a $30 million state of the art makeover.
"We're going to have holograms that will greet visitors. We will have the ability for people in foreign countries to attend Mott Community College and sign up virtually through our navigational hub which is going to be in the Prahl College Center," Weighill said.
Historically, the building has provided students with access to admissions, financial aid and the bookstore. Weighill said those services will remain, while offering so much more.
"We're going to to have a cyber hub where we can teach students on cyber security careers, computer information system careers and all sorts of things that involve augmented reality, and virtual reality," he said.
A future careers hub will occupy space in the basement of the new Prahl Center building. The updates will bring the building into the 21st century and Weighill believes it could become a model for modernizing community college student centers across the country.
"This will be probably one of the most modern student centers and teaching and learning facilities in all community colleges across the country once it's done," Weighill said.
Construction is expected to begin by 2023 with an expected opening in 2024.