Gov. Jay Nixon today announced an agreement that allows students to transfer credits earned at Linn State Technical College to Lincoln University as part of the Central Missouri Innovation Campus initiative. Innovation Campuses, announced last year by Gov. Nixon, will train students for career opportunities in high-demand fields, cut the time it takes to earn a college degree, and reduce student debt.
"Making sure graduates are ready for the jobs of tomorrow requires us to make sure students are learning critical skills today," Gov. Nixon said. "Innovation Campuses connect what is taught in the classroom with what is needed in the workforce. This initiative helps students build up specialized skills, instead of student loan debt."
The Central Missouri Innovation Campus (CMIC), established last year by Gov. Nixon through a $1 million Innovation Campus Grant to Lincoln University, addresses critical information technology needs in central Missouri. The program is designed to accelerate degree completion, reduce the cost of education, provide applied learning experiences, graduate students with reduced or no student loan debt and increase employment opportunities.
"The value of this articulation agreement is two-fold," said Dr. Connie Hamacher, Lincoln University Interim President. "This agreement strengthens the collaboration between Linn State Technical College and Lincoln University. And, our students will benefit from the internships with our local businesses. This is a win for Lincoln University, a win for Linn State Technical College, a win for business, and most importantly, a win for our students."
While still in high school, Innovation Campus students will be directed toward courses and programs specifically designed to prepare them for careers in information technology and to reduce the time needed to earn their degrees. Through increased opportunities for dual-credit courses at Lincoln or Linn State, the students will have the opportunity to earn college credit hours. They also will receive additional, intensive advising from guidance counselors, college academic advisors, and mentors from the partner corporations.
"We believe that the Innovation Grant provides both Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College an excellent opportunity to collaborate and better meet the information technology needs of the greater Jefferson City area and the state of Missouri," said Dr. Don Claycomb, President of Linn State Technical College. "This articulation demonstrates the commitment of both institutions to develop collaborative innovative initiatives to better serve students."
To participate in the program, the corporate partners commit to creating or retraining a specified number of jobs. Innovation Campus students would be highly trained candidates for these new positions once they have completed their degrees and the apprenticeship training.
Area business partners who will offer student internships and on-the job training programs include Central Bancompany, the City of Jefferson, GO Partners Health Care, The HOLOS Network, High 5 Communications, Inc., Huber & Associates, JCMG, Learfield Communications, Leverage Business Services, RKV Technologies, Scholastic, Spyder Technologies and WIPRO.
To learn more Gov. Nixon's Innovation Campus initiative, visit MO.gov.