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June, 2017 The Director: Project-Based Learning Online - Providing online students with the same opportunities as in-school pupils using experiential learning, feedback and reliable assessment by Lee Hohmann - Project-based learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world challenges by being given a variety of projects designed to enhance the course and enrich their understanding of the content. Read FULL Article (PDF)...

May, 2017 Funeral Business Advisor Magazine: Jeffersonville, IN - A Stakeholder Approach to Retention in Higher Education: Using Emergenetics in the Classroom by Mitch Mitchell - Colleges and universities have done little to adapt to the way individuals with different learning styles absorb information. While students’ abilities have evolved alongside innovative new technologies, the education system has remained stagnant, thus creating a need for research that focuses on integrating learning styles into the framework of the instructor’s delivery method. Communication and student/instructor interaction are known to play important roles in the classroom. Read FULL Article...

January, 2017 Funeral Business Advisor Magazine: Jeffersonville, IN – Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Online Bachelor’s Degree in Funeral Service Management Now Offered at Mid-America College of Funeral Service  Read more here.


ONLINE Bachelor’s DEGREE in Funeral Service Management
now offered at Mid-america College of Funeral Service

DECEMBER 15, 2016, ConnectingDirectors Press Release,  JEFFERSONVILLE, IN, – Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana, announces the premiere of a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Management, offered entirely online.

Designed to provide a higher level funeral service education, the Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Management curriculum emphasizes conceptual, analytical, technical, and management skills focused explicitly on funeral service. The program provides students with a b educational foundation preparing them as funeral service management professionals. Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Management Program | Apply Today! | ConnectingDirectors | Press Release

August 11, 2016, Mid-America College Students Respond to Alternative Container Design Challenge (NFDA Memorial Business Journal) - Students at Mid-America College of Funeral Service create Alterative Cremation Containers to showcase customization in Funeral Service for class project. - Download the PDF

The MACFS Vault: College News
Spring/Summer Quarter 2016 -
Latest news from the College - Download the PDF

June, 2016, Funeral Business Advisor, Pierce Mortuary Colleges – Spotlight.
Want to know more about Pierce Mortuary Colleges?  Pierce Mortuary Colleges is a group of private colleges teaching funeral service education. These Colleges include:  Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, Texas; Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Decatur, Georgia (Atlanta, GA area) and; Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana (Louisville, KY area). Read more from the Funeral Business Advisor or PDF.

The MACFS Vault: College News
Winter Quarter 2016 -
Latest news from the College - Download the PDF (with all links!)

February 26, 2016 - Let’s Talk About Death: Mid-America College of Funeral Service Offers Atypical Career Path (Insider Louisville) -  Mortuary college is not the expected. There aren’t dead bodies lying around. The students aren’t a mixture of Lurch lookalikes and Gothic youth obsessed with “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Read MORE...

February 25, 2016 - MACFS represented at Hendricks County College and Career Fair in Danville, IN.

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February 13, 2016 LOUISVILLE, KY. WDRD NEWS -- Students study the business of death with funeral service degree. Students at Mid-America College of Funeral Service preparing for a career in funeral industry. WATCH Video NOW at WDRB NEWS. And click HERE to read the WDRD NEWS Article (PDF).


May 2015 - Shelby Chism, Instructor at Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Funeral Business Advisor, “Teach a Monkey to Embalm”. Cynicism is certainly no stranger to our profession, sometimes internal and other times from those outside the industry. One example is a disparaging phrase that I have occasionally heard: “I can teach a monkey to embalm!” Presumably this is based on a belief that embalming is mundane, as the deep-rooted saying is based on studies that have shown that monkeys can be taught rudimentary tasks through repetition. But is it fair to characterize embalming as rudimentary? Or to put it another way, should embalming be rudimentary? Read more on Teach a Monkey to Embalm here. 

May, 2015 - Jill Karn, Chief Operating Officer of Pierce Mortuary Colleges; American Funeral Director, Education Roundtable. When it comes to the profession of funeral director, it all starts at mortuary school. Just like the industry itself, mortuary schools have been faced with changing landscape, in both student bodies and what they must do to prepare students for funeral service. Read more what the experts say.

May 11, 2015480 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PMC STUDENTS - In addition to standard courses required for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer, our funeral service program is better preparing our students by providing students at all three Pierce Colleges two certifications: ICCFA Cremation Arranger Certification and the Crematory Operations Certification. This could not have been done without the continued support of our generous donors. More than 480 scholarships were provided this year by Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for our two ICCFA certifications.

Mid-America College of Funeral Service would like to thank Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for being willing to invest in students, cultivate learning, inspire discovery, and help our students have access to a future full of possibilities. #ThankaPMCdonor

April 9, 2015 - Congratulations to Terry Parrish, Registrar and Director of Admissions at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, who recently received her Master of Science Degree in Human Behavior from Capella University. Terry has been at Dallas Institute since 1998.  As part of her responsibilities Terry is also teaching an online class in the Funeral Director's Program. Read more on Terry Parrish

April 1, 2015 - THE DIRECTOR; Changing Face of Funeral Service: Read Lauren Budrow, President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service comments and opinions in the article; “Is This Profession Ready for Visible Tattoos and Piercings?”.  Read More...

April 1, 2015THE DIRECTOR; The Creative Advantage:  article written by Lauren Budrow, President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Welcoming creative and diverse learning experiences in the classroom and giving graduates and interns freedom of expression to create meaningful services in the funeral home will go far in elevating the profession in the minds of consumers. Read More...

March 9, 2015 - 2015 Winter Issue of the Updater: How Children Deal With a Loss of a Loved One. Excellent Article by Terry Parrish, CFSP, is the Registrar for Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, TX. Updater Winter 2015

March 7, 2015 - Mid-America had one of their most successful Spring Open Houses on March 7, 2015. Despite the terrible weather the week before we had a full house. See Photo Gallery and Read More...

February 23, 2015Cavender promoted to Dean of the Dallas Institute

February 18 & 19, 2015 - Mid-America College of Funeral Service's 2015 ICCFA Cremation Arranger and Crematory Operations Certification Programs were Big Successes. Read More...

February 15, 2015 - Funeral Business Advisor, Article by Amy Fulton, Licensed Funeral Director and is the Embalmer, Clinical Embalming Preceptor at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service;  An Educator's View on Cremation & the Value of Embalming

Mid-Winter Conference

February 5, 2015 - Gary Bridgewater and Shelby Chism represented Mid-America College of Funeral Service at the FDAK Mid-Winter Conference in Lexington. Mr. Bridgewater and Ms. Chism are show in the photo with FDAK Executive Director Sidney Fogle, who will be the Commencement Speaker for our Spring 2015 Commencement Exercises that will be held at Walnut Street Baptist Church on Friday March 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. 

January, 2015 - Funeral Home and Cemetery News, Gupton- Jones College of Funeral Service Holds Graduation Exercise. READ More...

January, 2015 - The issue of Southern Funeral Director Magazine, Kay Campbell, instructor at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, speaks on Education in Funeral Service. A MUST READ.


Press Release: December 12, 2014

Mid-America College sponsored a 2 hour well attended Continuing Education event for individuals who hold a Kentucky Funeral Directors and/or Embalmers license. This presentation helped fulfill the annual obligation of O.S.H.A. training for licensed morticians. It was presented by James Caskey who has led these for 20 years.

Press Release: October 17, 2014

Mid-America College is holding a Blood Drive at the College on Thursday, October 28th.  Call Angela Persinger at 812-288-8878 to schedule your appointment.

Press Release: September 30, 2014

Mid-America College of Funeral Service recently held their Fall Commencement Exercises at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.  With Interim President James Shoemake presiding.  Jason Daniel Johnston, Managing Funeral director at High Point Funeral Home and Crematorium in Memphis, Tennessee gave the Commencement Address.  Jason is a Fall 2005 graduate of Mid-America College who served as President of his class and Chaplain of the Lambda-Kappa Chapter of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity and was the Valedictorian of his class. See Photo Gallery and Read More...

Press Release: September 23, 2014

American Funeral Director interviews Dr. Jill Karn, Chief Operating Officer of Pierce Mortuary Colleges; ASK THE EXPERT

Press Release: September 22, 2014


Lauren M.  BudrowIt is my pleasure to announce the hiring of Lauren M. Budrow, CFSP, as President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Lauren will take the helm of Mid-America College on October 1, 2014.

Lauren has a combined total of fifteen years in funeral service and higher education. Most recently, she served as Program Director and Instructor for the Funeral Service Education program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, Washington.

A licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Indiana and Washington, Lauren worked for eight years at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers in Indianapolis, Indiana before moving to Seattle, Washington to pursue other opportunities. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Mortuary Science from Vincennes University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Indiana University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Butler University.

Lauren credits her father-in-law, Norman Knuth, as her inspiration to pursue funeral service, pointing to his nearly forty-five years as a funeral director who demonstrated the values and rewards of funeral service.

“Instilling this same passion and professionalism in students is a top goal of Mid-America College,” Lauren says, “It’s very exhilarating to be joining a staff that is obviously committed to this.”

A born and raised Hoosier, Lauren is returning to Indiana from Seattle with her husband of 17 years, Bradley.

Please join me in welcoming Lauren M. Budrow to Mid-America College of Funeral Service.

Dr. Jill Karn
Chief Operating Officer
Pierce Mortuary Colleges

Press Release: August 28, 2014

Richard Nelson retirement from Mid-America College of Funeral Service

Richard “Dick” NelsonRichard “Dick” Nelson will be retiring from Mid-America College on September 26, 2014. He has been involved in funeral service education for 36 years at Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, IN and Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, IN.

On Friday, September 26, 2014 a retirement open house will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Mid-America College of Funeral Service for the public. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be ways to leave your sentiments for Dick and he will be available during that time.

Press Release: May 27, 2014

  • Candidates for Graduation of the Spring 2014 Class
  • Candidates for Graduation with Mid-America College of Funeral Service Faculty
  • President Michael Hays presiding over the Commencement Exercises
  • Graduation Speaker Mary Flynn Steele, CFSP
  • President Michael Hays presenting the Distinquished Service Award of Mid-America College to Mary Flynn Steele, CFSP
  • Candidates for Graduation taking the Funeral Service Oath
  • Dean of Students Richard Nelson presenting the Class of 2014
  • Restorative Art Instructor Shelby Chism, Amanda Cross, recipient of the  Restorative Art Award and Mid-America  College President Michael Hays
  • Salutatorian Mark Loose and Mid-America College President Michael Hays
  • Valedictorian Mackenzie Morris and family
  • W.H. Pierce Award recipient Josh Cook and family with Mid-America College President Michael Hays

Mid-America College of Funeral Service recently held their Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremonies at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. The commencement exercises were lead by President Michael Hays with Mary Flynn Steele, CSFP, owner of Arnett-Steele Funeral Home serving as Commencement Speaker. Mary is a 1991 graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service. She is immediate Past President of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky. During the ceremonies Mrs. Steele received the Distinguished Service Award of Mid-America College.

Award recipients included Amanda Cross the Restorative Art Award, Mark Loose the Saludatorian Award, Mackenzie Morris, Valedictorian Award and Josh Cook, the W.H. Pierce Award.

Press Release: May 6, 2014

Liz Evans, KODA Tissue Coordinator and Funeral Home Liaison gave an informative presentation this morning. Liz has been with KODA for 6 years and was a Fall 1998 MACFS graduate. Thank you Liz for a great presentation. Jim Roger, Vice President for C.J. Boots Casket Company gave a humorous but educational presentation for our Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 graduating classes. Our day of guest speakers concluded with Bob Staub, Messenger Sales Director and Southern Indiana Sales Representative Jay Amburgey speaking on funeral stationary products that are used in the funeral home. Messenger just celebrated their 100th Anniversary last year.

Press Release: March 30, 2014

Senior Artist Matt Payne and Tyler/Chaplain/ Elaine Eickholtz  hosted the refreshments the first day of enrollment and orientation.



Jessica Bruno, Croesus and Worthy Scribe Gypsy Antra  provided refreshments for the second and last day of enrollment and orientation






Dean of Students Richard Nelson addressed the new enrollee’s.


Mid-America College President Mike Hays address the new students before orientation.

Press Release: April 1, 2014

50+ Students and Funeral Directors Complete
ICCFA Cremation Arranger and Crematory Operator Training
at Mid-America College

Cremation Arranger program gaining momentum

STERLING, VA (February 28, 2014)—The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association offered the first of four scheduled two-day, two cremation certification programs planned for 2014 at Pierce Colleges nationwide, attracting more than 50 students and funeral directors.

The first scheduled event was held February 19 and 20 at Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana. ICCFA’s exclusive Cremation Arranger Certification program was held on day one; its Crematory Operator Certification training was held on day two.

The Crematory Operator Certification offers an in-depth look at what cremation is, the science behind it, the components and how to properly operate and maintain a retort machine, proper and constant tracking of remains, and an update on applicable laws and how to limit your liability. Attendees must pass a strict test to receive their official certificate, receive further instruction on questions they get incorrect, and receive a crematory operator manual courtesy of Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc. It should be noted that only the ICCFA and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) are explicitly included in the regulations of several U.S. states as approved crematory operator certification providers.

ICCFA is the only industry organization providing a Cremation Arranger Certification. This training discusses the history, myths and facts about cremation, the preferences and desires of modern consumers, pricing vs. value, marketing, limiting liability, ethics and how to conduct an effective cremation arrangement where everyone walks away happy.

Both certification programs are approved for continuing education credit by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, are reasonably priced and include breakfast, lunch and an afternoon refreshment break.

“As far as we’re concerned, this was a huge hit,” said Mike Hays, president of the Mid-America College of Funeral Service. “Our students gain a competitive edge. Not only by having the two certifications on their resume, but because they acquire a thorough understanding of what’s going on out there in the real world for funeral directors. And with cremation rates steadily increasing, It sets them months, if not years, ahead of others who are just entering the job market.”

Jill Karn, Chief Operating Officer of Pierce Colleges, said that she and several Wilbert sales managers in attendance were impressed with the Arranger certification program in particular. So much so, that she will be recommending that the Wilbert sales team nationwide try to attend the program.

“We were amazed by the Arranger program,” Karn said. “It really is something that no one else in the profession is offering. It’s comprehensive training on how to advise families, the many options available to them, how to effectively market cremation services and how to present value in what you’re doing every day. What can be more important than that?”

Students had these comments:

Cory Gardner, Sr. of Perry’s Mortuary in Louisville, KY said ‘The I.C.C.F.A. training was a great time of learning and training.  To be able to graduate with these certifications is an awesome advantage going into the career field!.

Mackenzie Morris of Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort, KY, said “Not only did this cremation certification help and explain the cremation business, but also there was a lot of beneficial information that can be used in all aspects of the funeral business. 

Peter T. Helton, Jr. of Faupel Funeral Home/Morgan Funeral Home in New Port Richey , FL. “The program was an excellent learning experience.  The presenters were knowledgeable and up to date on all topics of cremation.  I would encourage any and all funeral directors, students and crematory operators to attend any cremation programs presented by I.C.C. F.A.

Stephanie Crockett Ziepolt of ‘Floyd Knobs, IN said “I was quite pleased with the cremation certification seminar.  Each presenter showed a high degree of knowledge and expertise in their respective area.  The rapport between Poul Lemasters and Larry Stuart was especially enjoyable and the dynamic between them kept the audience focused on the topic at hand.  The topics covered in the Seminar covered a wide range of issues concerning cremation equipment, marketing, service arrangements and potential legal concerns.  I would recommend this seminar to anyone looking to become certified in cremation arrangement and crematory operator.”

Jessica Bruno of Jeffersonville IN said “The cremation certification program that I attended was entertaining as well as informative.  I feel that it really prepared me to enter the funeral service industry as an informed funeral director with regards to arranging and executing meaningful cremation ceremonies for my future client families.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend.”

A special thanks to I.C.C.F.A., Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling, LLC for making it possible for the Mid-America College of Funeral Service students to attend at no charge.

Other upcoming events include: 

• March 5-6: Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, Texas
• April 29-30: Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia
• June: Charlotte, North Carolina (a joint two-day program with CANA)
• September 10-11: Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, Texas
• November: Phoenix, Arizona (a joint two-day program with CANA)

Registration for these programs, as well as advice and answers to cremation concerns, may be found at

Photo Gallery of Event

Registration for over 50 funeral directors, crematory operators and Mid-America College of Funeral Service students who recently attended the Cremation Arranger and Crematory Operator Training at the college.



Mid-America College President Mike Hay, Presenters Poul Lemasters, Larry Stuart, Jr. and Chief Operating Officer of
Pierce Mortuary Colleges, Dr. Jill Karn



Presenter Nectar Ramirez, Director of Market Research, Sales Director for the Metro Region and Director of Operations, Batesville’s cremation business.



Presenters Cole Imperi, Owner and Creative Director of Doth Brands, a creative agency specializing in death care and Victor Imperi, COO at Both Brands.



Breakfast and Lunch was provided both days



Snacks at breaks were provided by Dr. Jill Karn and Pierce Mortuary Colleges


• NFDA – 2013: Pierce Colleges: The Education & the Experience, Patty Hutcheson, President of Gupton-Jones College, speaking about the value of an education from Pierce Colleges.