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MAC Foundation Launches Annual Enhancement Grant Campaign
9/29/2017 1:00:00 AM
By: Sarah Haas, Communications Director

(PARK HILLS) – As a community college, Mineral Area College’s goal is to remain current on educational curriculum, technology and industry standards so MAC graduates have the best opportunities for success.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides a partial grant funding opportunity which provides a $3-for $1 match for educational institutions as an incentive for growth and expansion of quality career education. Mineral Area College Foundation is reaching out to the community to assist in the endeavor to keep MAC on the leading edge of preparing students for the workforce.

Kevin Thurman, director of development said the “giving power” makes a huge difference in programs’ buying power.

“With the $3-for-$1 match, your donation to this campaign has a much more profound impact,” he said. “A gift of $20 gives the college up to $80 in purchasing power. This year anyone that donates to the campaign is automatically enrolled in a drawing for a $500 cash gift card.”

The Enhancement Grant provides a large portion of the funds required to purchase state-of-art equipment, curriculum, and training programs. The MAC Foundation is offering the opportunity for the community to help MAC in the form of monetary donations to expand and support current programs. Past Enhancement Campaigns have provided key training curriculum and equipment to a number of the programs offered at MAC, including the Nursing/Allied Health Programs as well as the Law Enforcement Academy and Technology Programs.

This fundraising effort is an extension of the former Simmons Match Campaign, which for many years was headed by the late Dr. Gayle Simmons and his late wife, Rowena. The husband and wife were lifetime educators and graduates of MAC’s predecessor, Flat River Junior College. With a dedication to the availability of, affordable, quality higher education in the area, the couple spearheaded the annual drive with their own contributions to match those of the community.

MAC President Dr. Steve Kurtz said it’s a proud tradition to carry on.

“It is certainly an honor to continue the legacy established by Dr. Simmons and Rowena,” he said. “They were not only educators, they were visionaries. They understood how education and skilled training would continue to increase in value. We hope the community will continue to support their vision.”

The Enhancement Grant Campaign will run through December 31, 2017. You can give online at and click on Give. You can also send donations to the Mineral Area College Foundation at P.O. Box 1000, Park Hills, MO 63601 or by calling Kevin Thurman at 573-518-2261.

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