MAC to Host End-of-Construction Open House Sept. 12
The finishing touches are being applied to two years’ worth of construction and renovation projects at Mineral Area College, and the community college is inviting the public to a multi-Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house to help it celebrate.
The Mineral Area College ribbon cutting to celebrate construction and renovation completion takes place at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, with the public open house beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting until 5:30 p.m. It takes place in the new student lounge and study area near the skywalk on the second floor of the Technology Building, accessible through the Technology Building foyer, or reached by elevator near the library’s new lower entrance. Visitors are encouraged to park in Lot “A.” For more information, call (573) 518-2146.
MAC President Dr. Steve Kurtz said he’s looking forward to presenting the final results to the college’s patrons, who approved funding the projects through a no-tax-increase bond issue in April 2011. The bond issue garnered a 76% approval rating by the college’s taxing district voters. The college’s taxing district is comprised of the Central, North County, Farmington, Bismarck, West County, and Fredericktown school districts.
“This happened with the public’s support and encouragement, and for that, I’m very grateful,” he said. “We all are.”
One of the biggest changes visitors will see is the addition of a skywalk connecting the Business Office and Student Services addition on the Technology Building, to the C.H. Cozean Library.
“The library was one of the first buildings included in the original 1970s campus,” Dr. Kurtz said. “During the last four decades, libraries everywhere have undergone changes in scope and purpose, and our renovations reflect those updates. It’s gratifying to see our students enjoying those changes already.”
New elevators and the skywalk from the library to the Technology Building have also enhanced accessibility, Kurtz said. “We do have a number of students who have mobility issues so it’s gratifying to make their education experience more enjoyable and accessible,” he said.
The Technology Building received an additional 10,000 square feet of office space for Business and Student Services offices and service desks, and its second floor saw the addition of several new science classrooms and labs, outfitted with the latest equipment and furnishings.
“Science, math, technology and engineering are the hot topics right now in education and in the business world,” Kurtz said. “And we were able to not only add classrooms, but renovate chemistry labs in the Arts & Sciences Building, as well.”
Visitors will see changes to the Agribusiness Department, Central Methodist University, Career Planning Center, Learning Resources Center, and even an updated Advanced Manufacturing Lab in the North College Center on the north end of campus.
“We were even able to finally put air conditioning in the gym,” he said. “That’s something that has seemed to excite a lot of people, and we had more use of our gym this summer than ever before.”
Last summer, the board cut the ribbon on the bond issue’s first completed project, the Fredericktown Center renovation and addition. About 3,000 square feet were added to the center, and many classrooms were renovated and updated to meet the center’s increased demand.
“While we’re all excited about the changes and we’re enjoying the more efficient, better, and updated working spaces, it really is all about the students, serving them and giving them the best education for their value,” Dr. Kurtz said. “As much as we enjoy the expansions and renovations, it’s all about being good stewards to the public, and we look forward to the community coming out to celebrate a victory that’s just as much theirs, as ours.”
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