Policy Series Reports

Over the last several years, Missouri’s legislature and Governor Jay Nixon have worked to increase access to affordable education and credentials in in-demand industries such as manufacturing. One way they have done this is to establish criteria for statewide articulation agreements, starting with CTE programs that have a national certification or credential and including program competencies as well as end-of-course or program assessments.

The state also requires the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) to “establish guidelines to promote and facilitate the transfer of students between institutions of higher education within the state.”  The state has reinforced its commitment to dual enrollment by proposing $2.3 million for extending dual credit for fiscal year 2015, and the Governor has proposed $5 million for the Certified Work Ready Community Initiative and $1 million for business-education partnerships.

In 2013, Missouri passed legislation to create an Innovation Education Campus Fund for educational partnerships between high schools or districts, a Missouri four-year school, a Missouri-based business, and either a Missouri public two-year institution or Linn State Technical College.  This program promises to reduce or eliminate tuition, decreases the amount of time it takes to earn a degree, and provides opportunities for applied and project-based learning.

The success of the program has garnered national attention, and University of Central Missouri has welcomed President Obama and leaders from around the country hoping to make an example of the program and support implementation in other states.

Program Contact
Dawn Busick
MoManufacturingWINs Project Director
Missouri Community College Association
Phone: (573) 634-8787
Email: dawn.busick@mccatoday.org

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