The MACC – Columbia Higher Education Center celebrated the grand opening of its new location in the Parkade Center on Thursday September 2 with an exciting event including live music, hors d’oeuvres, guided tours of the College and a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting.
Several hundred students, faculty, staff and community members gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Parkade Center concourse. Attendees listened to remarks from MACC President Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson, MACC Board of Trustees President Rodney Loesch and Senator Kurt Schaefer before moving to the main MACC entrance for the actual ribbon-cutting.
Moberly Area Community College opened a location in Columbia in 1999 as part of its mandate from the Department of Higher Education to service a 16 county region in Missouri. MACC is one of 12 community colleges in the state under this mandate. Each serves a different region of the state. MACC opened its original campus in 1927 with a mere 29 students. The College has since grown to over 5,000 students, 2,062 call the MACC – Columbia Higher Education Center home. Since 1999, the Center has seen double-digit growth every year, numbers that tell the story of thousands of Columbians receiving higher education who may not have received it otherwise.
The move to Parkade Center was a great relief to students, faculty and staff who were shuttling between the Walnut Street location, several buildings on the MU campus and also on the Stephens College campus in an effort to accommodate the enrollment growth. This move will be the first time in several years that all of the students will be under one roof at the same time. The 37,000 square foot space was completely gutted and customized to MACC’s needs. It holds 11 classrooms, three science labs, five computer labs, a student commons, bookstore, three conference rooms, administrative, financial aid, advising offices, as well as access and ADA offices.
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