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MACC in Hannibal to break ground on new building on November 7th

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

After a decade of trying to find a permanent place to call home in Hannibal, Moberly Area Community College students have finally found one.

Thanks to donations from businesses and private donors, a new campus will open soon.

And students are happy about it.

"I would drive out by the new building and I would see the new sign and I'm like 'oh I hope that by the time I actually go to MACC that I'll actually be able to go to that building," said Rachelle Krigbaum.

"I can be more excited when I walk in. I'm just like whatever, it's a building, it's a good school building, it's just not what I would consider as a school," said Deana McAfee

If Rachelle Krigbaum and Deana McAfee call 17,000 square feet of building, a school, then they're in luck.

Because that's how big MACC's new facility will be.

The building will include a student commons area, a bookstore, and a library.

Wendy Johnson, MACC's Hannibal director says she too is excited for the new upgrade, because the current building just isn't meeting the needs of the school.

"We do not have enough parking for the facility and that is definitely an issue here and the other issue is we still as many years as we've been here in Hannibal we still have not been able to have a science lab directly on our own facility," said Johnson.

 But in the new 10 classroom facility, neither of those issues will be a problem as the building will have more parking and science labs.

Johnson says the dream of getting into a new building of their own is finally a reality.

"I'm sure at some point in time many people asked themselves is this going to happen, but it most certainly is going to happen, and we are very excited and ready to celebrate in doing so," said Johnson.

Johnson says they plan to break ground on November 7th at the campus' new location at the intersection of Shinn Lane and route MM. The school is tentatively planned to open around Christmas break of 2013.

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