What happens when a business, university and church start working together? Well according to founder of Onshore Shane Mayes, greatness.
"The fact that all three are coming together is great," said Mayes. "I've never seen anything like it."
Mayes made the announcement that Onshore will be working with Hannibal-LaGrange University and First Baptist church on Wednesday, August 29, at an employee BBQ.
"My dream is for everyone at Onshore to have the opportunity to have their associates degree in computer science," said Mayes. "That way employees can continue to move upstream."
Hannibal-LaGrange University is offering courses two nights a week at the Onshore building while First Baptist Church offers childcare.
"There are many reasons why people cant continue their education," said Hannibal-LaGrange Professor Lonnie Nelson. "By offering childcare, we are obliterating one of those real problems keeping people from furthering their education."
Mayes says his main goal is to obliterate poverty, but just not economic poverty.
"There are many forms of poverty—economic, social and spiritual," said Mayes. "So what we are bringing together is a manifestation of some of this. At the end of the day, I want us to get out of poverty and build better lives here in Macon, Missouri."