Kennett Development Corporation Donates $170,000 to KAHEC


Donation funds scholarship, assists with center expansion

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The Kennet Area Higher Education Center.


Oct. 7, 2005 – The Kennett Area Higher Education Center (KAHEC) has received nearly $170,000 from the Kennett Development Corporation. The donation will create a new scholarship for KAHEC students and will help fund a building renovation.

The Kennett Development Corporation allocated $100,000 of the donation to support KAHEC’s building renovation plans. KAHEC is housed in a former Kroger grocery store building. Currently, half of that facility has been renovated for KAHEC’s operations, but additional space is needed, given the center’s growth in student population and course offerings, says Marsha Blanchard, director of the Kennett Area Higher Education Center. The center needs more classrooms, and with the addition of some full-time faculty, some additional office space, according to Blanchard. The center is hoping to renovate more of the unfinished space in the facility to meet those needs.

“We hope to raise enough funds to renovate three additional classrooms, one of which will be ITV (Interactive Television), and three offices,” Blanchard said.

The remainder of the donation, approximately $70,000, will be endowed in a scholarship to benefit students attending KAHEC. The Kennett Development Corporation Endowed Scholarship will first be awarded in spring 2006, with four KAHEC students receiving the $500 scholarship.

The contribution illustrates the strong community support that KAHEC has enjoyed, according to Blanchard.

“Kennett and the surrounding communities have always been incredibly supportive of KAHEC and the University’s efforts here, and this contribution from the Kennett Development Corporation is another example of the tremendous support the University has to continue in their efforts at this regional campus,” Blanchard said. “Every entity in our community has contributed to KAHEC’s tremendous success. The community has put faith in the University in so many ways, from the students who attend classes, to the parents who send their kids to classes here, to those who give financial and other resources to the center. We’ve had support from the entire bootheel community,” she stressed.