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Enrollment down for summer, up for fall at MAC

Enrollment is down for the summer semester at Mineral Area College, but pre-enrollment is up for the fall semester.

Student Services Dean Jean Merrill-Doss gave that report Thursday night to the college’s Board of Trustees. Summer enrollment is down 13 percent with a total of 708 students at all campuses as opposed to 829 students last summer.

Merrill-Doss said some students who didn’t enroll for summer had said the cost of gas and an increase in tuition for fall mandated they work through the summer rather than attend classes.

Fall enrollment already stands at 953 students and that’s ahead of the number of students who had signed up by the same time period last year.

The Board approved the addition of two new programs at the college in the 2005-06 school year. MAC will now offer a one-year certificate in a Medical Coding program and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic Technology.

“We have been offering the medical coding through our Continuing Education program, but it’s become so popular, we decided to make it a regular program,” said Gil Kennon, Career and Technical Education Dean.

The Board passed a resolution to keep the past year’s spending plan in effect through July since MAC President Dr. Terry Barnes said Gov. Blunt has not signed the higher education bill.

In executive session, the Board awarded a contract worth $165,000 to Paul Herzog Construction of Ste. Genevieve to put shingles and siding on the North College Center and another to Herzog for $49,000 to remodel women’s restrooms on the second floor of the Arts and Sciences Building. Paul Brockmiller Construction of Farmington was awarded a $55,000 contract to remodel the North and South Little Theater in the Arts and Sciences Building.

A ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday will dedicate the newly renovated quadrangle at the college in memory of T.J. “Jim” Stewart and Mary Ellen (Johnson) and Howard J. Evans. All were graduates of Flat River Junior College. Mr. Stewart made a donation to the project himself before his death last month. The donation in memory of the Evanses was made by their daughter Ann and her husband Dick Royer. The quad renovation was funded primarily through private donations, as well as a bond issue in 2002.

Trustee Chip Peterson remains on self-imposed leave from the Board as it seeks legal advice pertaining to his status. Peterson no longer lives in the subdistrict he was elected to represent.

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