Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


The Education Beat
11:15 am
Wed August 27, 2014

OTC Recognized as One of Nation’s Top 100 Associate Degree Producers

OTC appeared on more lists for the the top 100 rankings than any other college in Missouri.
Credit Kristina Bridges-Templeton

Ozarks Technical Community College was recently recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 Associate Degree Programs by Community College Week, appearing on more lists than any other college in Missouri. KSMU’s Anna Thomas reports.

Out of about 1,000 community colleges nationwide, OTC ranked 36 for associate degrees awarded. The college has increased its number of associate degrees awarded by 43 percent in the last year.

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3:55 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Drury University Holds Ceremony, Bust Dedication to Honor the Late David Lewis

The bust of David Lewis unveiled Tuesday at Drury University
Julie Greene / KSMU

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? It’s an age-old question that often gets a variety of answers. For Ozarks native David Lewis, millions have been pledged on his behalf to area schools. KSMU’s Julie Greene attended a dedication ceremony Tuesday and has this report.

“It will, of course, affect many students and is already impacting students today at Drury. But the David Lewis gift is one that will also impact generations, and for that, we are extremely grateful,” said Dr. Manuel.

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Business Review
3:01 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Menards Buys Former Hickory Hills property for $4 Million

The vacant lot that formerly housed Hickory Hills School has been purchased from Springfield Public Schools by Menards for $4 million.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

A National retailer has agreed to purchase the site of the former Hickory Hills School. Menards will pay Springfield Public Schools $4 million for the lot.

SPS announced the agreement Tuesday. The district says the contract was executed on August 19 upon signature of the buyer, a week after it received approval by the school board during executive session. According to a news release, closing on the property could occur as early as February 2015.

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The Education Beat
8:14 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Free, Online Course Explores Ozarks History

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re an Ozarker… or even wondered “what is an Ozarker,” you might be interested in taking the course:  Ozarks History: Examining an American Culture. The course is Missouri State University’s first massive open online course (or MOOC). It is a national trend that allows individuals from anywhere in the world to take a free, online course without being in any way affiliated with the university.

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Eye on the Community
12:16 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

IMAGES: Dedication Ceremony of MSU's New Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium

MSU cheerleaders perform at the dedication ceremony of the Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium
Alissa Zhu KSMU

Sunday evening, around 600 people attended the dedication ceremony of the Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium at Missouri State University followed by a men’s soccer team exhibition match against Missouri Valley College. MSU men's soccer won 1-0.

The newly constructed Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium cost $10.29 million and features a NCAA regulation soccer field with room for corner kicks, a NCAA eight lane 400-meter broken back style track with nine lanes for 100-meter dash and seating for 1,000 spectators.

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