CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 9, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University has announced plans to shift the operational management of the Perryville Higher Education Center to Mineral Area College (MAC) beginning July 1.
With the start of the new fiscal year, MAC will take over all academic programming in addition to operational management of the Center, said Dr. Gerald McDougall, Southeast associate provost for Extended and Online Learning.
“We believe this change will allow the Perryville Higher Education Center to more effectively meet the post-secondary educational needs of the Perryville service area, including the possibility of providing expanded technical training to local and regional businesses,” McDougall said.
Currently, MAC handles the staffing and operations at the Perryville Center, while Southeast and Mineral Area share curriculum offerings. MAC will oversee the entire facility under the transfer, and all coursework will be provided by Mineral Area College beginning in July.
“This change will also expand access to A+ funding for students attending the Perryville Area Higher Education Center, thus reducing the cost of pursuing post-secondary education for families in the region served by the Center,” McDougall said.
Mineral Area College’s Gil Kennon, vice president for College Affairs and dean of the Career and Technical Education Division, said MAC is committed to bringing new programs to Perryville, where possible, and expanding offerings to meet the needs of current and future students at the Perryville Area Higher Education Center.
Southeast and Mineral Area College have a long history of collaboration, McDougall said. This positive relationship will continue through degree completion initiatives that will ensure students completing their first two years of study with MAC have a seamless transfer to four-year degree programs offered by Southeast, he said.
The Perryville Area Higher Education Center opened its doors at St. Mary’s of the Barrens seminary Aug. 19, 2002. The facility was renamed the Perryville Higher Education Center Oct. 26, 2006.