August 9, 2023
The Maschhoffs has announced the successful collection of a matching donation in the amount of $200,000 in collaboration with the community and production partners for the John Wood Community College Ag Center. The initiative, aimed at supporting agricultural education and development in the local community, has been a resounding success, showcasing the power of partnerships and community engagement.
The JWCC Ag Center serves as a vital hub for agricultural education, training and research, equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the ever-evolving agricultural industry. Recognizing the importance of fostering educational opportunities, The Maschhoffs initiated a matching donation program to further enhance the capabilities of the Ag Center.
Laila Beck, a freshman studying animal science said that the "hands on experience is a huge advantage."
"The community benefits too in that the arena, conference room and kitchen are available to use for events," said Marcus Perry, a student at JWCC.
The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday with classes starting in the fall semester. Local community members, businesses and production partners, all eager to contribute to the growth and development of agricultural education gathered for the ceremony. The Maschhoffs is deeply grateful for the overwhelming support received from the community, which demonstrated their shared commitment to empowering the next generation of agricultural leaders.
Speaking on behalf of The Maschhoffs, Jeff Mahoney, general manager of Central Prairie, said, "We are incredibly humbled and proud to witness the generosity and collaboration displayed by our community and production partners. This achievement underscores the significance of investing in agricultural education, and we are thrilled to have played a part in supporting the John Wood Community College Ag Center. Together, we are paving the way for a stronger and more vibrant agricultural industry."
Ken and Julie Maschhoff extended "their deepest appreciation to all individuals, businesses and organizations that contributed to this matching donation program."
The pork production company says the collective impact of these donations will positively shape the future of agricultural education, benefiting not only the students but also the broader community and the industry as a whole.
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