MCTC Purchases Land for New Rowan Campus

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has taken a major step in constructing a new campus in Morehead with the acquisition of 41 acres at the John Will Stacy Menifee, Morgan, Rowan County (MMRC) Regional Business Park on KY 801. A check presentation ceremony was held on Monday, January 12 at Eagle Trace Golf Course to commemorate this milestone.

For many of you, todays celebration is more than 10 years in the making, said Dr. Michael B. McCall, President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. This project has been of high importance, not just in this community, but throughout KCTCS.

Mike Helton, MMRC Regional Industrial Authority Chairman welcomed the group of more than 50 community members to the event, with remarks also being given by Dr. Stephen Vacik, MCTC President; Dr. Michael B. McCall, KCTCS President; Dr. Wayne Andrews, Morehead State University President; Rocky Adkins, Kentucky House of Representatives Majority Floor Leader; and Walter Blevins, Rowan County Judge Executive.

MCTCs new campus will serve the needs of this region by providing high technology training and promoting the growth of regional industry, said Rep. Adkins. Students will receive hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment and emerging technologies in many areas, such as advanced manufacturing, robotics, systems controls and machining. Graduates will be equipped with the skills needed to find meaningful employment in high-growth, high-demand industries without leaving their community.

The construction of a new MCTC Rowan Campus is part of the KCTCS BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness, a public-private partnership that will provide funding for the top capital project at each KCTCS college. For MCTC, the plan includes a $21 million agency bond paired with a public and private match of $7 million, representing a $28 million investment in the regional economy.

The new Rowan Campus is an opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of MCTC to be different, better and purposeful in serving business and industry within our region and throughout the Commonwealth, said Dr. Vacik. And this project, to create a state-of-the-art educational facility, is even more exciting because it is being accomplished through unique and forward-thinking partnerships between the community, Morehead State University, KCTCS and the faculty and staff of the college.

The Rowan Campus has the largest percentage enrollment growth of any MCTC campus and is among the highest in the state. Enrollment at the Rowan Campus exceeds 1,000 students per semester and the current building was constructed more than 30 years ago to accommodate just 350 students. With such a lack of needed space, many students have to be placed on waiting lists for high-demand classes and selective admissions programs. Expansion is not an option there simply is no available land to build the additional classrooms, laboratories and parking the students need.

The unique partnership between the community and technical college, the university, the community, and local and state government, demonstrates a strong commitment to education and regional economic development, said Rep. Adkins. And I know, with this kind of support, we will meet the BuildSmart fundraising goal before us and build a new Maysville Community and Technical College campus at the John Will Stacy MMRC Regional Business Park.

For more information about giving opportunities, contact Cara Clarke, MCTC Director of Resource Development, at 606-783-1538 ext. 66176.