While it seems that temperatures have been down thus far in 2014, that hasn’t put a chill on enrollment at Moberly Area Community College’s campus in Hannibal. Wendy Johnson, director of MACC’s Education Center in Hannibal, reports that spring semester enrollment is up.
“From last spring to this spring we have a 6 percent increase,” she said. “I’m very pleased with that.”
Hannibal’s enrollment surge is unique among MACC campuses.
“We were the only MACC location that had an increase in spring enrollment. I’m very pleased with it when you look at it across the board,” said Johnson.
In terms of students, as of Thursday afternoon, 285 students were enrolled.
“I’m very pleased with it,” said Johnson.
That 285 total comes with an asterisk.
“That’s not including approximately another 100 people who are in and out of the building, utilizing the building, instructors and tutoring for online classes,” said Johnson.
Is the enrollment surge due to the fact classes are now being held at MACC’s new home, near the junction of Shinn Lane and Highway MM?
“It’s hard to say honestly,” replied Johnson, noting that when it came time to sign up for spring classes, may students were wanting to register, regardless of where the classes were being held. “The first week in January we had students calling and asking, ‘Are you in the new building, or old building?’ Many of them were still becoming aware that we were even building a new building.”
Johnson believes the new-building bump in enrollment has yet to be seen.
“The new building will make a difference in fall enrollment, but it’s hard to say it’s had a contribution to the spring (enrollment),” she said.
Early returns on the new building have been extremely positive, according to Johnson.
“They (students) do seem to be liking the new building. They’re very pleased and the instructors are pleased,” said Johnson.
One of the new site’s more appealing features is the parking space that’s available.
“I’m so thankful. I remember the days of being in the old St. Elizabeth Hospital with Swiss Colony, and all of us trying to find a place to park. At the AT&T (building) we had such limited parking. It’s nice to have adequate parking,” said Johnson.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at MACC’s new Hannibal home at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.
Page 2 of 2 - “I’m looking forward to it,” said Johnson. “I still have a lot I feel I need to get done before then, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.”