KCU announces plans for $80 million dental school
$20 million local fundraising goal
JOPLIN, Mo — Kansas City University held a press conference this morning to announce plans for a College of Dental Medicine.
The goal is to bring dental health providers to the four state area where there is a shortage of dentists. KCU completed a feasiblity study to assess needs and rpojects an economic impact of $45 million to the City of Joplin at full maturity. The school would support more than 200 jobs and would directly employ 85 people.
The college would cost $80 million to build with half needed from the local region. Twenty million has already been pledged locally by the Cornell Family, Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City, Dr. Larry McIntire, and Mr. Rudy Farber. A groundbreaking is anticipated in 2020 with the College of Dental Medicine to welcome it’s first class of eighty students in the fall of 2022.
We’ll have more on the school and the impact on the area on tonight’s news.
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