Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Jay Nixon
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Gov. Jay Nixon is freeing up $1.875 million to complete renovations at Missouri State University’s Glass Hall, which houses the university’s College of Business. Nixon made the announcement from inside the facility Wednesday. He was joined by business students, faculty and school administrators. “The bottom line is that by watching our dollars carefully, and in investing in the things that we think can make the most difference, we have been able to get to where we are today,” he said. Nixon...

Missouri State University
Missouri State University

Missouri State University is among the employers rethinking how it implements new overtime pay rules after a federal judge recently issued a temporary injunction halting the change. In a memo to employees Tuesday, MSU President Clif Smart said the decision against the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) came as a surprise given the late date and impact on the process for so many entities. The Department of Labor is appealing the ruling. “The possible outcomes of the temporary injunction range...

While the holiday season is a time of enjoying festive food, family gatherings and gift giving, it also generates a lot of waste. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency , Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons each week. To help people reduce, recycle and reuse during the holidays, Kelsey Esther, a senior geography, geology and planning <...

When a new viral outbreak like Zika occurs, panic ensues. People fear the unknown: transmission method, symptoms, prognosis and how widespread it might already be. This fear can paralyze an economy that usually thrives on tourism, according to Melanie Grand, assistant professor in the hospitality leadership department at Missouri State University. Recently, Grand developed a formula to predict the decrease in tourism in the cases of viral outbreak. She modeled her study around the first noted...

Dr. Steven Bishop
Scott Harvey / KSMU

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...

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