Kennett Area Higher Education Center Receives Donation from Local Bank

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 14, 2005ᾰKennett National Bank recently pledged $78,000 as part of Kennett Area Higher Education Center’s (KAHEC) efforts to renovate unfinished space into three new classrooms and three new faculty offices.

“Kennett National Bank has always been one of KAHEC’s largest contributors for our fund-raising efforts,” said Marsha Blanchard, director of KAHEC.  “It is because of their continued support, along with the support of the community, that KAHEC can provide quality education to students.  Once the renovations are completed, we will have nearly half of our existing building available for use by students and faculty.”

With the completion of the renovations, KAHEC will have 3,100 square feet of newly renovated classroom and office space available to students and faculty. One of the new classrooms will be used specifically for interactive television courses.  The remaining rooms will be used as multipurpose rooms and office space for faculty to meet with students.

Blanchard said KAHEC has needed additional space as enrollment continues to grow and additional course offerings are added each semester.  In 2002, the Kennett National Bank pledged a donation to help create a student center at KAHEC to be used by students and faculty to study, work on computers, wait between classes, meet with friends and eat lunch.  The Kennett National Bank Student Center opened in fall 2002.  An interactive television classroom and a state-of-the-art science lab were opened at KAHEC in fall 2003 through locally generous donations and support from both the community and the bank.

“The bank believes that one of the keys to success for the Kennett community is to offer local higher education opportunities to its citizens,” said David Dalton, chief executive officer of the Kennett National Bank.  “Southeast fills this need through KAHEC, and we want to contribute, through good stewardship, to the growth of the community.”

Kennett National Bank also provides four $500 scholarships per semester to KAHEC students.  The bank’s scholarship gift totals $6,000 annually.