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MACC – Hannibal Area Higher Education Center Breaks Ground

Hannibal residents, local leaders and educators as well as Moberly Area Community College students and staff gathered at the future home of the MACC – Hannibal Area Higher Education Center on Wednesday, November 7 at 2 p.m. for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the long awaited construction project.

The building will be located on the corner of Shinn Lane and Highway MM near Hannibal Regional Hospital. Expected completion is fall 2013. It will house administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, labs, a resource center and student study areas.

The Affordable Community Education (ACE) citizen's group has partnered with MACC to support and fundraise this effort. ACE's efforts on behalf of community college education in northeast Missouri have been invaluable and will continue to aid in the completion of the fundraising for construction of the facility.

Funding for this project has come from a multitude of sources and has been an example in searching for alternative ways to fund community projects.

The land on Shinn Lane was donated by Dr. Burton and Dr. Bieniek years ago in an anticipation of a future building. MACC has earmarked college funds for the Hannibal building. ACE has raised funds from the Hannibal Area through businesses and private gifts. MACC received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to build the site as a FEMA shelter for the Hannibal area and MACC has also received an interest-free loan from USDA. Funds are still needed to repay the USDA loan. ACE will continue the fundraising efforts for this remaining amount.

MACC's investment in the Hannibal area is not a new effort. The College began offering classes in the spring of 1998 at the Hannibal Career & Technical Center with 12 students taking AC/DC Electronics.

MACC opened a full service site known as the MACC-Hannibal Area Higher Education Center at the HROC building in the fall of 2000 with over 130 students and 840 credit hours.

The Associate of Arts degree was approved in November of 2003 for the site.

MACC moved to the AT&T building in the fall of 2009 with over 319 students and 3086 credit hours. These numbers have held steady due to the growth limitations of the current site. The College is serving more Hannibal students than in 2009 through MACC's online and virtual programs. The new facility will allow MACC to expand its offerings in addition to being able to offer lab science classes.

This fall, in addition, to over 300 students taking classes at the MACC-Hannibal Area Higher Education Center, there are over 120 students from Hannibal taking online classes.

 

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Roy Hark, Mayor of Hannibal; McKenzie Disselhorst, Executive Director of the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce; Sally Poole, ACE Board Member; Rodney Loesch, MACC Board member; Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson, MACC President; Greg Walker, MACC Board member, Charlotte Maddox, MACC Assistant Director MACC Hannibal; Michele McCall, Dean of Off-Campus Programs and Instructional Technology; Wendy Johnson, Director MACC Hannibal Area Higher Education Center; Olivia Hays, MACC Hannibal student government representative.