Less than a year after it was announced, Cox College is excited that fundraising for its reinvestment campaign is complete. More than $6.8 million has been secured from a variety of donors, including $2.2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce, a $1 million matching grant from the Mabee Foundation, and many gifts from a variety of local and treasured benefactors.
“We are thrilled that so many people and organizations see the worth and priority of this project,” says Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation, who spearheaded the fundraising campaign for the college. “It tells a lot about the generosity of people in this area, the importance they put on quality education for nursing and health professionals, and the desire to see our community’s health be a priority.”
Now that fundraising is complete, a series of steps will begin before the renovation commences. It is anticipated that work will begin in October 2018, and will take between 12 and 18 months.
Fundamentally, the project is being done to help grow more medical professionals locally. Revitalizing the campus will allow for greater classroom space, and help increase the cap of how many students the Missouri State Board of Nursing allows the college to accept. Cox College has one of the highest numbers of nursing licensure seats in southwest Missouri, but more nurses are greatly needed across the region and state.