Obama Highlights College Program In Missouri
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — President Barack Obama praised a new Missouri program that fast-tracks students to low-cost college degrees as a national model as he kicked off a traveling tour Wednesday intended to emphasize his economic initiatives.
Obama spoke to more than 2,000 people at the University of Central Missouri, which is a partner with a Kansas City-area community college and public school district in what’s been dubbed the “Missouri Innovation Campus.”
The initiative allows select students to start earning community college credits in high-tech, high-demand jobs while still in high school, then earn a bachelor’s degree after spending just two additional years at the university campus in Warrensburg.
The program also pairs students with business internships, and their education is to be paid for by a mixture of corporate funding and state scholarships, grants and loan-forgiveness programs. The goal is for students to graduate debt-free while entering the workforce…
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