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MAC Foundation Enhancement Grant

With the launch of the MAC Industry and Technology Center (ITC) this fall, Mineral Area College is expecting to impact the local community with critical industry jobs and introduce careers for individuals who attend the school. MAC Foundation Enhancement Grant.

“Providing cutting-edge training requires the acquisition of advanced equipment and tools, and this year’s Enhancement Grant funding is essential in generating the funds to purchase equipment and supplies to support these programs,” said Kevin Thurman, executive director of development. “Students will receive hands-on instructional training in a variety of industrial trade fields at the ITC, including machine tool, carpentry and construction, and industrial maintenance.

Funding raised will also be utilized to support career and tech programs such as Allied Health, Law Enforcement, and HVAC/R.

“Because Mineral Area College provides a quality, affordable education, it has changed the course of countless students’ lives and strengthened the local workforce by preparing highly skilled and employable graduates. MAC’s commitment to educational excellence is dependent on providing a curriculum built upon industry standards and staying up to date on rapidly changing technology. These fundamental keys ensure that MAC graduates have the best opportunities for success. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) also recognizes the high cost of meeting the dynamic needs of students and provides a matching grant opportunity of up to $3-to-$1 for the development and expansion of quality career education.”

Appealing to Community

Thurman explained that the Mineral Area College Foundation is once again appealing to the community to help. To keep the college on the leading edge of preparing students for the workforce. Please donate to the annual Enhancement Grant fundraising campaign, underway now through Dec. 31.

“Each year, the campaign provides a large portion of the funds required to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, curriculum, and training for students in career and technical programs,” he said. “Donations to MAC Foundation’s Enhancement Grant campaign are eligible for the DESE $3-to-$1 match, so up to $400 in purchasing power is generated for every $100 raised.

“We have been able to purchase nearly $200,000 worth of up-to-date equipment, curriculum, and training programs annually. These advances could not be possible without the generous giving of donors from our community.  We are optimistic that the new Industry and Technology Center will provide a significant return on investment to the community in terms of creating adeptly trained individuals who will be ready to work in key industry areas.”

The MAC Foundation provides an online giving platform found at

“Donors will find that our giving portal is secure and easy to use,” said Thurman. “From one-time gifts to payments for fundraising events, or setting up a recurring monthly gift, the MAC Foundation donation site makes it convenient and easy to submit a gift to impact the lives of students.”

Gifts are also accepted by mail at MAC Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Park Hills, MO 63601 or call 573-518-2114.

For more information on the Enhancement Grant fundraising campaign or Mineral Area College Foundation, visit or call 573-518-2114.

Source: MAC Foundation Enhancement Grant

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