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A local university and a faith-based recovery organization have joined forces to make higher education just a click away. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.
Some type, while others talk in the new computer lab Missouri State University created for students at Springfield Victory Mission.
Springfield Victory Mission is a local faith-based organization helping the homeless and the impoverished.
MSU provided Springfield Victory Mission with twelve Gateway computers, software, a projector, and projector screen.
Also, Missouri State will begin sending a teacher every week to teach computer classes.
Victory Mission operates its own trade school which helps homeless or poverty-stricken men get the education they need to start a career.
This new computer lab helps the organizations trade school students learn programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
Jim Harriger is the Executive Director for Springfield Victory Mission.
"The computer program gives you confidence when you get out to a job and you are asked to type up a menu, design a spreadsheet any of those sort of things. It gives you a skill that may put you one step ahead of somebody else who hasn't had the opportunity for the form of training," Harriger said.
Harriger says he hopes the computer course will create more educational opportunities for the students.
The students will be required to complete beginning, intermediate, and upper level computer courses.
George Steinmann is the Director of Support Services for Victory Mission.
He says it's great that Missouri State is reaching out and trying to help those who are less fortunate.
"We are really grateful for what they've done. They kind of took the ball and run with it there. Of course, by providing all the equipment and everything they have greatly reduced the cost to us to get set up and started. But it's just really exciting," Steinmann said.
The computer classes started last Friday and will continue until the students graduate from the trade school program.
For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.