Glen Oaks Community College will hold a special “Day of Celebration” on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Following the 8 a.m. Board of Trustee’s meeting, there will be a reception honoring retiring board members Dave Allen and Jim Moshier. At 11 a.m. there will be a groundbreaking ceremony and reception for the new student housing project in the Dresser Business Development Center. The public is invited to attend these events.

“Dave Allen has served on the board for 9 years, and Jim Mosier has served for 19 years,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “We thank them for all their dedication to Glen Oaks and hope that they will stay in touch with the college.”

“We invite the community to join us as we turn over the earth with celebratory shovels and listen to invited speakers and guests, both at the local, state and federal levels, share how this project will impact the college and the community,” said Devier.

Design and construction for the housing project was approved by the board in April and Frederick Construction, Inc., was selected as the general contractor at a special November 30 board meeting.

The $6.5 million project, is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017, and is funded through a low-cost (2.38 percent) USDA Rural Development federal 30-year loan. Glen Oaks will be the first Michigan community college to utilize a USDA loan.

The three-story, 108-bed student housing project plans include two- and four-suite units that share kitchen and living areas and two bathrooms. The facility will be located on the north side of the main parking lot, just west of the main building.

Glen Oaks Community College is at 62249 Shimmel Rd., in Centreville, Michigan.