Trenton, MO, Aug 26, 2011 -- Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri Rural Development State Director, visited the Elizabeth and Arthur Barton Farm Campus part of the North Central Missouri College (NCMC) on August 26, 2011 to celebrate the grand opening of the newly completed campus. NCMC is a public community college located in Trenton Missouri Grundy Electric Cooperative received a $740,000 zero-interest loan from USDA Rural Development. The funds were used to provide financing to NCMC for the new campus facility. In addition Rural Development provided an interest free grant to support the community college.
The additional campus will include several different buildings with their own respective purposes, each educating the community and students. Barton Farm Campus of NCMC will include new laboratories, a mechanical research center, greenhouse, classrooms, and stalls for livestock.
The newer facilities allow the college to accommodate an additional 200 students. Not only does it help with recruiting more students, but it also gives the college the ability to develop newer programs, expand laboratory demonstrations, and offer students the unique opportunity to experience hands-on learning in natural resources and agricultural programs.
One new program that was developed due to the new facility is the Wind Energy Technician program . Established in 2009, it enables students to learn the practices of green technology within the agricultural sector. Demonstrations of such will not only be opened to students, but to the general public as well.
The education of future rural generations is vital if a community wants to continue to support itself and offer increased economic value to a nation. Smaller universities offer higher education for rural youth, yet they may not always have the capacity to accommodate the increasing number of students. Rural communities must be able to offer unique educational experiences to sustain populations and to educate the masses.