Moberly Area Community College History

 

MOBERLY JUNIOR COLLEGE was founded in 1927 as part of the Moberly Public School System. One of the first two-year colleges of this type, classes were held in temporary quarters above a downtown store. Library and laboratory facilities were shared with the Moberly High School.

In the fall of 1931, the College moved into a new facility located at College Avenue and Rollins Street, situated on approximately 29 acres (the present site of Moberly Area Community College). Classes for high school juniors and seniors and junior college students continued in this building until 1968 when a new four-year high school building was completed.

The 1970s and 1980s proved to be a time of tremendous growth for MACC including development of the Student Services Department, Adult Basic Education Program, gaining accreditation from the North Central Association and establishment of its own community college district through public vote.

In 1984, a $2.5 million Fine Arts Wing was completed, housing a new library, a 600-seat auditorium, a Student Commons, 3 offices and classrooms. Over 22,000 sq. ft. were added to the Career Center, enabling all vocational programs to be located under one roof.

College Hall was completed in 1993 and is a three-story structure with nearly 29,500 sq. ft. of space housing the President’s Office, President Emeritus’ Office, Foundation/Marketing and Public Relations Office, Board Conference Room, Student Services, several faculty offices, various lecture rooms and state-of-the-art biology, chemistry and physics laboratories. In 1996, College Hall was renamed Andrew Komar, Jr. Hall in recognition of Dr. Andrew Komar, Jr.’s service as College President from 1976 to 1996.

The McCormick Commons and Residential Center, new bookstore, the MACC Activity Center and a Fine Arts Gallery have all been added to the college campus. Meanwhile, enrollment has doubled in the past 10 years and students come from all parts of MACC’s 16-county service area in North Central and Northeast Missouri.

Moberly Area Community College continues to grow to meet the needs of the students it serves, expanding facilities and adding faculty and staff to meet the challenges of the future. MACC continues to play a vital role in the educational and economic development of the area.