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Advocacy Brief – January 19, 2017

This week in the Capitol, Governor Eric Greitens announced additional withholds impacting higher education; he gave his inaugural State of the State address; and the legislature made progress on higher education mission review, and workforce development. FY 2017 Spending Restrictions On Monday, Governor Eric Greitens announced withholds to the current year’s budget totaling $146.4 million, with more than half of those spending restrictions coming out of higher education. The action was in response to the $39 million deficit that Gov. Greitens inherited from the ... Read more

Meet your new board members

The new board of directors will meet for the first time in January, and there will be both new and familiar faces around the board table. New members of the board include: Rebecca Emerson, Vice Chair Administrative/Professional Department Serving as Executive Director of K-12 Initiatives at St. Louis Community College, Rebecca Emerson works to increase educational opportunities in St. Louis. Emerson leads teams in offering concurrent enrollment programming as well as early college exposure activities 27 public school districts plus nearly 100 private and charter ... Read more

OTC’s MoSTEMWINs program gets students out of the classroom

OTC's MoSTEMWINs program gets students out of the classroom If the words “Chemical Laboratory Technology” bring to mind images of white lab coats, Bunsen burners, and mad scientists, think again!  OTC’s new MoSTEMWINs CLT program is designed to provide real-life, hands-on, industry-relevant experience for our Certificate and A.A.S students. To that end, our Core Grant Team is continually working with our local community to find, create, or encourage new partnerships that will give our students a unique learning experience. During program curriculum development ... Read more

Curriculum Evaluation Services RFP

September 29, 2016 Missouri Community College Association, Jefferson City, Missouri REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Curriculum Evaluation Services The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) is the central administering agency for a U.S. Department of Labor-TAACCCT funded grant project called MoSTEMWINs. Through this request for proposals (RFP), MCCA seeks Curriculum Evaluation Services for all programs of study offered in the MoSTEMWINs grant as a federal grant compliance requirement. The estimated length of the project is from November 2016 through May 31, 2018. The RFP will be issued on or about October ... Read more

Missouri colleges team up with manufacturers for Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing jobs are not what they used to be, so Missouri’s colleges are teaming up with the manufacturing industry to promote careers in this high-demand modern industry. Through Manufacturing Day, manufacturers across the country are addressing common misperceptions about manufacturing by opening their doors and showing, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of ... Read more

Co-requisite math helps NCMC’s MoSTEM students get up to speed

Through MoSTEMWINs, North Central Missouri College chose to offer a Certified Production Technician program, a manufacturing certificate and the UP program, which is designed to assist students with low math skills. Math can be a huge barrier to college students, regardless of whether they have been out of high school a while or not, and can even stand in the way of graduation. For two students at NCMC, this could not have been more true. Autumn Lindsay, a non-traditional student, wife and mother of ... Read more

Community Colleges avoid additional withholds

Earlier this month, the Missouri General Assembly met for their annual veto session.  There were a total of twenty bills that were vetoed by Governor Nixon following the legislative session, and after the first day of the veto session, the Missouri General Assembly overrode 13 bills. Due to the potential fiscal impact of several pieces of legislation that were overridden, Governor Nixon announced more than $59 million in withholds-the second round of withholds that he has announced this year. No community college ... Read more

2016 Distinguished Legislator award recipients announced

The following legislators will be recognized for their efforts during the legislative session at MCCA’s annual convention November 2-4, 2016 Speaker of the House Todd Richardson Richardson represents part of Butler County, including the City of Poplar Bluff (District 154), in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010 and reelected in November of 2012 and 2014. In May 2015, Todd was selected by his peers to serve as the Speaker of the Missouri House of ... Read more

CMT and Missouri’s rural colleges hold first-ever statewide Empowering Education event

Sedalia, Missouri – More than 250 people turned out to see rising CMT (Country Music Television) artist Courtney Cole and hear how Missouri’s rural colleges are changing the lives of students across the state. “I never knew that I would love wiring cabinets and building big machines, but I do, and I am good at it.” Stephanie Ley, Moberly Area Community College graduate said in a video aired at the event. Stephanie is a mother of seven and is currently working part time ... Read more

Gov Nixon signs important legislation, withholds $115 million from the state budget

In the last month, Gov. Jay Nixon withheld $115.5 million in new or increased spending and signed key legislation pertaining to course transfer and the expansion of the A+ program. With the Governor’s action on SB 638, nonpublic high schools will be able to apply to the State Board of Education to be certified as an A+ School. At the time that this legislation was debated during the session, the legislature committed to funding this expansion in large part because of MCCA’s ... Read more
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