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Governor Nixon has announced that Missouri’s four-year public universities can compete for their share of 10 million dollars in grant funding to make “Innovation Campuses” throughout the state. These grants would allow local businesses to partner with nearby colleges, potentially benefitting both the workforce and students. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke to the governor’s office to learn more.
Last month, Nixon partnered with the University of Central Missouri to create a model for the state’s first Innovation Campus. The goal for these programs is to train students for career opportunities in high-demand fields—and to do it better and sooner than traditional campuses do. The programs enroll students into college courses while they’re still in high school. Students participate in high-impact apprenticeships throughout their college careers.
Scott Holste is a spokesman for Nixon’s office. He says all four-year public colleges and universities around the state are encouraged to apply for these grants.
“Local governments and local economic organizations apply for a share in these 10 million dollar grants, to be able to get these programs set up at the universities. This money is primarily Community Development Block Grant funding. And so it needs to go to, and through, these local governments or these local economic development organizations,” Holste says.
Holste says programs like this one will reduce the cost and time it takes for Missouri students to receive their bachelor degrees. He says it will also benefit businesses by filling those high-demand fields sooner. The deadline for grant applications is May 15th, and funds will be awarded for the upcoming school year.
Below is a link to more information. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.