Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University is accepting applications from adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities for its new program, Bear POWER.

Beginning next January, up to 10 young adults will attend the university through a 2 ½ year inclusive college program for disabled students transitioning out of high school.

Rachel Heinz, the director of Bear POWER, told KSMU by phone that young adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and brain injuries are encouraged to apply.  She said the goal of the new program is “to leave it as open and inclusive as possible.”

The Children’s Bureau’s most recent child abuse statistics reveal that 7.2 million children were reported as abused in 2015. This number had unfortunately grown from the previous report by more than half a million children.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer speaks with representatives of the outreach and dual credit programs at Missouri State University.

The discussion explores how programs can make college education more accessible and affordable for families.

Sarah Teague / KSMU

In Drury University’s oldest stone building, the 1906 Chalfant Pipe Organ can be heard. The Stone Chapel stained glass casts a pastel glow about the sanctuary, illuminating the dust throughout the room, which lands softly on the pews. Dr. Earline Moulder sits on the organ’s stool, her hands and feet methodically pumping rhythm through the pipes.

Obtaining healthy food is a challenge for many families, especially those living in low-income areas.

In Springfield, a collaborative farm-to-table project is on a mission to improve access to fresh, local food for residents in the city’s Zone 1 neighborhoods.