About the Ferris H. Werth Electrical Power Technology Center
The $5 million Ferris H. Werth Electrical Power Technology Center (EPTC) supports ACC’s Utility Technician and Electrical Apprentice programs by providing state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. To create this new facility, ACC extended the existing World Center for Concrete Technology building, adding approximately 21,000 square feet of space for classrooms, equipment labs, faculty offices, and bays for four bucket trucks or other pieces of heavy equipment. In addition to the new labs and equipment, ACC has plans for new academic programs to train technicians for occupations in the substations, relay and control, metering, and power generation technologies. The building also features a wind turbine and photovoltaic panel array for generating green energy.
Building the EPTC
The $5 million project is a partnership between the State of Michigan, the College, and private financial resources. On June 25, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a higher education capital outlay bill granting $2.5 million to ACC for its Electrical Power Technology Center.
ACC began its fundraising efforts in May of 2011 to raise the required $2.5 million match, which included a $1 million bequest from the estate of Alpena businessman Ferris H. Werth. The ACC Foundation Board of Trustees initiated a $600,000 fundraising campaign under the leadership of Stephen Fletcher, Alpena Power Company Chairman and Ann Burton, Alpena Power Company President and Chief Executive Officer to assist the College with funding for project. Themed Building a Powerful Future, the campaign involved ACC Foundation Board of Trustees along with community and business leaders.
The Ferris H. Werth Electrical Power Technology Center was designed by SHW Group, with DeVere Construction Company serving as the construction manager. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in April 2014, and the building was completed in January 2015. Classes began in the EPTC in Spring 2015 semester.