MACC Sees Record Breaking Enrollment
COLUMBIA - With classes starting on August 18th, the Columbia branch of Moberly Area Community College is reporting a twenty percent increase in enrollment from last fall.
Along with hundreds of new students, MACC has a new home located in Parkade Plaza. The new building boasts 37,000 square feet of learning space including nineteen classrooms, five computer labs, three science labs, and a fully stocked bookstore. The new location cost an estimated $1.5 million.
The location provides one, consolidated space for students to learn. Last year, MACC leased three buildings in town, making it complicated for all of the supplies to be in one space. The new, single location has made it easier for MACC to purchase the technology necessary to learn.
Returning student, Radhia Khennissi, is a sophomore at Moberly Area Community College. She notices what the new space has done for student morale.
"This location is much more spacious, and I get a feel for school here with the classrooms and stuff. I feel like everyone seems happier," said Khennissi.
Amy Frey, Director of MACC-Columbia, commented on the recent boom of student population. "I think maybe our open door policy where they only have to to have a high school transcript or a GED to get accepted whereas other institutions require an ACT score of 22 or something."
Frey also noted that the low cost of tuition in today's economy also helps attract students to Moberly Area Community College.
Enrollment for the school is open until August 24th.