MSSU to Share in Campus Innovation Grant

August 6, 2012

University Relations & Marketing

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - $1 million of nearly $9 million dollars in Campus Innovation Grants recently awarded by Gov. Jay Nixon will go to benefit students in southwest Missouri.

A public and private collaboration of Joplin-area businesses and industries, Missouri Southern State University, the Joplin School District and its Franklin Technology Center, Crowder College and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC) will develop opportunities for students to select a career path while still in high school.

College level courses will be identified in each of the high school career paths for students to take as dual credit or advanced placement, CLEP tests and credit by examination given during their junior and senior years.

The career paths include business/information technology, technical sciences, human services, arts and communication and health sciences.

The program also will be open to unemployed Missouri workers seeking new opportunities either to re-enter the workforce or seek a higher-skilled, higher paying job.

"A lot of times intelligent students can't take dual credit because they don't have the financial resources. This will give them an opportunity to get a jump start on a college education,"” states Dr. Tia Strait, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Public Safety and Technology at MSSU.

The effort should help students earn degrees faster while accumulating a smaller amount of debt.

The application process, according to organizers, should start by February 2013.