April 22, 2022
The North Central Missouri College Foundation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on April 21, 2022, to celebrate the start of construction for the North Central Missouri College Savannah Campus at 601 US BUS 71 Savannah, MO. During the event, attendees heard remarks from NCMC President, Dr. Lenny Klaver, comments from Senator Dan Hegeman and Representative J. Eggleston read by Co-Chair of the NCMC Foundation campaign executive committee Mike Gallagher, NCMC Student John Gilbert, Savannah City Attorney Emily Bauman, and NCMC Director of Development Alicia Endicott.
At the groundbreaking, Dr. Lenny Klaver remarked, “We’re going to have a great campus at Savannah. We want to thank everyone for the effort you put behind the Savannah Campus to help us make this happen and continue to support us along the way.”
Senator Dan Hegeman’s comments were, “We are truly fortunate to have NCMC here in the great northwest part of our state. I have always enjoyed what I consider a productive relationship with NCMC. They provide an affordable and solid education that plays an important role in getting our kids ready for the future, without costing an arm and a leg and without them having to move thousands of miles away from home.”
Comments from Representative J. Eggleston were, “I could not be happier to see this example of progress in our community. This new endeavor will not only mark an important milestone for both NCMC and Savannah, but will be a huge boon to economic and workforce development in northwest Missouri, help area employers find the workers they need and provide a quality education so our area residents can fulfill their dreams.”
NCMC student John Gilbert said, “The opening of this site here in Savannah will bring the process of a higher education a little bit closer to home for this great community. With smaller class sizes and low tuition rates, it makes pursuing a higher education easy.”
Savannah City Attorney Emily Bauman then followed with remarks, “This groundbreaking is a result of a collaborative effort requiring hard work and coordination by all the partners involved. For many years, the City of Savannah has envisioned the potential for growth and partnership that support social and economic development in our town. This project is such a phenomenal opportunity that will help bring that vision to life.”
NCMC Director of Development Alicia Endicott closed with, “With help from the City of Savannah and other partners, phase one of the Savannah Campus is fully funded. In phase two, we already have assistance from the State of Missouri, other Foundations, and investors. However, we will need at least $2.5 million to complete construction and provide the technology and equipment for the campus and program, and we will be seeking help from all of you. I look forward to visiting with you in the coming weeks and months about the Transforming Lives, Empowering People major gifts campaign led by the NCMC Foundation.”
After remarks, a commemorative groundbreaking took place at the site to signify the beginning of the project. Those wishing to view the groundbreaking in its entirety can visit piratesdigitalmedia.com.
Phase one of the Savannah campus is anticipated to be completed by October 2022, with a limited number of classes offered in January 2023. Phase two is expected to be completed by the fall of 2023, with a full range of courses and programs offered.
NCMC is planning a number of programs to launch the Savannah location, including the Associate in Arts (transfer) degree, the Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate, the Associate Degree in Nursing (PN-to-ADN), AAS Radiologic Technology, AAS Surgical Technology, and the Industrial Maintenance Skills certificate. Other programs in development include certificates in Robotics Skills and the AAS degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The college is approved to expand several other programs currently offered primarily online or at other locations into the Savannah campus, including AAS Early Childhood Development, AAS Behavioral Health Support, AAS Business, and certificates in Accounting, Business Management, and Financial Management.
The NCMC Savannah Campus project is designed by Ellison Auxier Architects and constructed by EL Crawford Construction Inc. NCMC would like to thank the city of Savannah and everyone involved with the process, planning, funding, and execution of the Savannah Campus project. Those interested in learning more about upcoming plans for the Savannah campus can visit ncmissouri.edu or contact the Development office at 660-357-6403.