Gov. Jay Nixon will join President Barack Obama at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg tomorrow. The University of Central Missouri is part of Governor Nixon’s Innovation Campus initiative offering accelerated degrees in high-demand fields. This reduces the time it takes to earn a degree and cutting student debt. Gov. Jay Nixon has focused on making strategic investments to ensure all Missourians have access to a quality, affordable post-secondary degree that prepares them for careers in high-demand fields. Since the 2008-2009 school year, tuition and fees at Missouri’s public four-year colleges and universities have had the lowest increase in the nation – going up just 5 percent in four years. Last fall, Gov. Nixon announced $9 million in Innovation Campus grants, including $996,975 for the University of Central Missouri, to establish partnerships between local high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and area businesses. The University of Central Missouri offers accelerated degree programs in the fields of science, technology and engineering. Apprenticeships at participating businesses provide students with applied learning experiences, and businesses with a pool of highly trained candidates for positions.
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