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Missouri’s Innovation Campus initiative earns more national recognition with presidential visit

Missouri’s Innovation Campus initiative earns more national recognition with presidential visit

July 24, 2013

Gov. Jay Nixon

President Obama calls program connecting students with careers in high-demand fields and cutting the time it takes to earn a degree a “recipe for success”

Gov. Jay Nixon today welcomed President Barack Obama to the University of Central Missouri, home to the Missouri Innovation Campus. Gov. Nixon launched the Innovation Campus initiative in 2012 to train students for careers in high-demand fields, cut the time it takes to earn a college degree, and reduce student debt.  In his speech, the President called the Missouri Innovation Campus a “recipe for success over the long term.”

“Here in Missouri, we are growing our economy by maintaining strict fiscal discipline and making targeted investments in education and workforce training,” Gov. Nixon said. “Missouri’s Innovation Campus initiative is now a national model for reducing college costs and preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow. The strength of our economy and the future of our state are directly tied to ensuring that higher education remains affordable and provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the global marketplace.”

The University of Central Missouri was the first institution to win one of eight Innovation Campus grants awarded by the Gov. Nixon last year.  These competitive grants have been used to establish partnerships between local high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and area businesses. Innovation Campuses offer students accelerated degree programs specifically designed to prepare them for careers in science, technology and other high demand fields, and to reduce the time and cost needed to earn their degrees.

Recognized last year by the Lumina Foundation, Missouri’s Innovation Campus initiative was described as a “new twist on college [that] would actually take students still in high school and, with direct input from business, shape them specifically for cutting-edge careers.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Nixon signed Senate Bill 381 into law, officially defining in state statute an Innovation Campus as an educational partnership comprised of one or more Missouri public community colleges or the State Technical College of Missouri; one or more Missouri public or private four-year institutions of higher education; one or more Missouri high schools or K-12 education districts; and at least one Missouri-based business.

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