After over a decade in Hannibal, Moberly Area Community College finally has a home of its own.

MACC's Hannibal Area Higher Education Center officially opened for business at 190 Shinn Lane January 13. They will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening Friday, January 31, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Dignitaries on hand for the ceremony will include MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley, Board of Trustees President Greg Walker, ACE (Affordable Community Education) President Robert Clayton and MACC Site Director Wendy Johnson. Student-led tours of the facility will follow the ribbon cutting.

Probably the feature of the new facility that faculty and staff has been looking forward to the most is a brand new science lab. In the past, MACC students had to go to Hannibal High School or Palmyra High School to do lab work.

Moberly Area Community College has had a presence in Hannibal since 2000. They began in the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital building,  then moved to a facility that had once been occupied by AT&T on Communications Drive.

MACC's Wendy Johnson was a guest on KHMO's Talk Back: