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Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Rachael Cohoon / KSMU

The Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  What used to be the Missouri Farmers Association milling facility in Downtown Springfield opened its doors on May 30, 2007. 

JVIC is now a seven story technology and research based facility that allows Missouri State students to have hands on experience working with faculty on new developments while also helping local businesses. 

Key to a Refugee's Upward Mobility: The English Language

Jun 1, 2017
KSMU

Claude Douhendwa is making his way through the buffet line at his church in Springfield. He made a good living as a woodworker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

But just as he was establishing himself as a young adult, varying ethnic and political groups were sparring for power.

Claude, his wife, and their two young children found themselves caught in the crossfire.  They fled to a nearby forest, where they hid from rebel fighters.  

The nights are getting warmer and longer – it’s time for the perennial summertime favorite, Tent Theatre. Bob Westenberg, coordinator of the musical theatre program at Missouri State University and director of one of this season’s shows, discusses the season.

Call 417-836-7678 for more information, or visit Missouri State Tix to reserve seats.

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Refugees of Congolese War Navigate Life After Trauma

May 30, 2017
KSMU

In the crowded lobby of Life 360 Church in Springfield, Esther Faida, a 28-year-old Congolese refugee, is keeping an eye on her young daughter.

Esther’s journey to the Ozarks started in a war zone. 

A former seamstress, she lived and worked in the capital city of South Kivu, where the conflict between ethnic and rebel groups has forced entire communities from their homes.

Esther, her husband and two small children had been living in war zone since 1998. Bloodshed, fear and instability became routine.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Nearly 17 percent of Greene County students grades six-12 considered attempting suicide within the past year. That’s according to a student survey conducted by Missouri Department of Mental Health.

And officials say the threat of suicide has been on the rise.

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