MACC-Hannibal Celebrates Open House at Former AT&T Building
The MACC-Hannibal Area Higher Education Center will celebrate its move to the former AT&T building on 141 Communications Drive with an Open House and Chamber of Commerce Ribbon-Cutting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30. The community is invited to join in marking this beneficial move for the College and AT&T. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the newly renovated building will be open for tours and refreshments will be served.
MACC is grateful to AT&T for their part in making this quick move over the summer a reality and to the construction crews who worked tirelessly to have the renovation completed by the start of fall semester.
Craig Felzien, Regional Director-External Affairs-AT&T-Missouri commented, "We are pleased that we could play a role in making more higher education possible in this region. We are very proud to help the communities that we serve."
The move to the AT&T building is a temporary one. MACC hopes to remain in the building for the next couple of years while the permanent Hannibal Area location is being constructed. To assist in the ongoing fundraising efforts of the ACE (Affordable Community Education) Committee, AT&T will present a $2500 check to the College at the event to be used for MACC’s permanent location near the Hannibal Regional Hospital.
Another strong supporter of MACC’s expansion in the Hannibal area is Senator Wes Shoemyer. He has worked tirelessly promoting funding allocations for MACC’s Hannibal construction project. The Senator will attend the Open House to congratulate the College on this step in the direction of its final goal for the Hannibal Area.
"Higher Education is critical for Missouri as a state, and I will do whatever I can to make it a priority. The expansion of the Moberly Area Community College in Hannibal is a very positive development, and I am grateful to everyone that has made it possible. I am committed to working with the State of Missouri and Affordable Community Education to make Moberly Community College's satellite campus have a permanent home here in Hannibal," said Senator Shoemyer.
MACC President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson will also assist in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and speak about the future of MACC in the Hannibal Area.
"It is no surprise that good things happen in Senator Wes Shoemyer's and Representative Rachel Bringer’s district. They have been strong supporters of education and they both work tirelessly to make good public policy for the citizens of the area. Good public policy makes good things happen," commented President Jorgenson.
The MACC Hannibal Area Higher Education Center currently has over 300 students enrolled for fall semester, which is a 14 percent increase over fall 2008. MACC realizes the need for affordable, quality education is great in the region and looks forward to its future expansion enabling it to service more students than ever before.