CCS receives $2.5m GM GrantTue, 28 Jun 2011
General Motors is set to strengthen its longstanding commitment to Detroit's College for Creative Studies with a $2.5 million donation, a contribution that will help the university undertake a $145 million redevelopment of its A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.
This is not the first time that GM has given to CCS – the ongoing relationship between them sees members of the GM design team teach and mentor students, while CCS also receives loans of industrial equipment from its Detroit neighbor.
In 2008 GM gave the college the former Argonaut building, a national historic landmark which was the workplace of GM's first design chief Harley Earl and other industrial pioneers such as Charles F. Kettering.
"The quality of young designers that CCS educates and trains is a tremendous resource for Detroit and the world," said Mark Reuss, GM North American President and GM Foundation board member, "Working to strengthen CCS is critical in our attempts to help Detroit rebound economically and for us to win in the marketplace."
According to College for Creative Studies President Richard L. Rogers: "CCS trustees, private foundations, corporations and hundreds of individuals have donated more than $50 million to the redevelopment project." However according to CCS, at least $4 million more is needed to keep the redevelopment on track.
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By John O'Brien