Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri State University is expecting one to two percent more students on the Springfield campus by the official census date in September, marking another year of growth for the school.

Days before the start of fall classes, President Clif Smart told KSMU the slight uptick is thanks to new students and those enrolled in graduate courses.

Michele Skalicky

Seventy pairs of eclipse viewing glasses sold at the MO State University bookstore may not be safe for looking at the sun.

The bookstore learned this week that the glasses had been recalled by Amazon because it was unable to confirm they were from a “reputable manufacturer.”  The glasses sold at the MSU bookstore in the last two weeks were part of the recall.

Anyone who purchased solar eclipse glasses from the store should return them to receive a refund .

OTC Foundation

Ozarks Technical Community College says its Foundation raised $18 million in a recent campaign aimed at funding several capital projects.

It helps renovate Hamra Library, creates a new Jared Family Welcome Center for prospective students, and an outdoor classroom at the Lewis Family Early Childhood Education Center.

In a news release, OTC says funding will also allow expansion of the Diesel Technology training facility at its Springfield campus. This will triple the size of training space and increases program enrollment capacity by 45 percent.   

Missouri State University

Next week’s total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of Missouri is generating lots of excitement, as well as unique challenges for safety officials.

“Missouri is expecting anywhere between 300,000 and 1.2 million out of state guests. MoDOT has been working with a state-wide coalition of departments to prepare for this influx of people,” says Matt Hiebert, assistant communications director with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Within walking distance of the Missouri State University (MSU) campus, sits the MSU Campus Garden, which began operation in 2011.

It is located at 930 East Normal St., across from Plaster Stadium

Cady Goble and Kara Powelson, both students in MSU's Darr College of Agriculture, are the current garden managers. They share more about the garden and plans for the fall season.