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Members of Senate Capital Investment Committee Stop by PTCC

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Members of the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee stopped by Pine City on Tuesday, September 5.

Part of their stop included a visit to Pine Technical and Community College where President Joe Mulford got to show off what the committee has already funded.

"It was really great for them to come and get a status update on the project," PTCC President Joe Mulford told WCMP.

The college received $21 million in May to expand the school’s facilities.

"I just want to recognize Senator Rarick and his advocacy for our project. There are a lot of requests at the legislature. I was impressed with how much the Senators here knew about our project and recognized the needs in East Central, Minnesota," said Mulford.

PTCC President Joe Mulford shows Sen. Sandy Pappas (center), Sen. Tou Xiong (behind the pole), and Sen. John Jasinski (right) the gunsmithing labs. Taken by Joe Keyport.

Pine Tech wasn't the only stop in the area, as Senate Capital Investment Chair Sandy Pappas said they will have a busy few days.

"It's really exciting to see at Pine Technical the growth and enrollment and the potential they have with their new expansion for welding, nursing, and auto mechanics. All are really important professions for the future," Sen. Pappas said.

In addition to stopping at PTCC, members of the committee stopped by Pine City's Waste Water Treatment Plant and Rush City Correctional Facility.

Later this month, members of the Minnesota State House will stop by PTCC to hear requests for area bonding projects.

Pictured from left to right: Kierstan Peck (Director of Student Affairs, PTCC); Heather Rank (Executive Assistant to the President, PTCC); Senator Tou Xiong (Capital Investment Committee); Senator Jason Rarick (Capital Investment Committee); Chair, Senator Sandra Pappas (Capital Investment Committee); Joe Mulford (President, PTCC); Senator John Jasinski (Capital Investment Committee); Farfum Ladroma (Director of Student Success, PTCC); and Mike Colestock (Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, PTCC). Taken by Joe Keyport.

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