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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget invests more in K-12 education while slashing hundreds of million in other areas.

The first budget for the newly sworn-in Republican governor was unveiled before a crowd at the Early Childhood Center in Nixa, where he pledged $5.95 billion in revenue for elementary and secondary education.

“There will be more money through gaming funds, federal funds and state funds into K-12 education. It’s a total increase of 4.1 percent,” said Greitens.  

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A new, $75,000 grant will support students at Ozarks Technical Community College through apprenticeships within the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant program.

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Tuition-free healthcare occupational training is now an option for hundreds of individuals in the Ozarks, thanks to a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The funding benefits the City of Springfield’s Department of Workforce Development in partnership with Ozarks Technical Community College. The coalition that applied for the grant says it seeks to support economic growth and strengthen the pipeline of the region’s skilled workers by providing training opportunities to unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged populations.

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Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield says it will use a $1 million grant to boost learning opportunities and enrollment in its Diesel Technology Program.

In addition to the grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, another $1 million is sought by the school to cover construction costs. That will include adding four new truck bays and four classrooms with learning labs.

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A group of volunteers in the Ozarks is helping people move forward in life.  Michele Skalicky has more.

The volunteers  serve as tutors for people preparing for the high school equivalency test in classes offered at Ozarks Technical Community College’s Adult Education and Literacy College.  They also help students in OTC’s English as a Second Language classes. 

Ramona George, AEL’s director, said more volunteers are needed for this fall at the 14 locations her college serves.