MACC Relocating in Macon
Moberly Area Community College is partnering with Central Methodist University and the city of Macon to open the Macon Area Education Center on 408 Blees Industrial Drive. The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening of the Center will be Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon-Cutting at 12:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be served to the public. Macon City officials, including Mayor Dale Bagley and City Manager Allan Muncy, MACC President Evelyn Jorgenson, CMU President Marianne Inman, and a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will all be present to make comments.
MACC collaborates with school districts to offer classes at area high schools and vocational schools and has offered classes in Macon at the Macon Area Career Center since 1986 and will continue to do so. MACC now offers the full Associate of Arts Degree in Macon along with general education classes. AA graduates can then pursue a Bachelors degree in a specific program from CMU at the same location. This affords Macon Area residents greater educational opportunities.
The Macon Area Education Center was established through grants from the city of Macon and Macon County Economic Development, including a landfill fee dedicated to economic development. Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were used to refurbish the former Macon YMCA building as part of a community-wide economic development project.
The 4,000-square foot building holds three classrooms, including a lab, a large open common hallway, and an office and reception area. MACC and CMU began holding evening classes in the building in late August with more than 70 students currently enrolled in the two schools.
As part of the September 17 ceremonies, CMU and MACC will sign formal agreements to further strengthen the academic relationship between the two. Such agreements allow for seamless transition between the institutions.