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Honors class captures Linn State history

This fall, in anticipation of Linn State Technical College’s 50th anniversary, oral history assignments were assigned to students enrolled in the Honors Composition course at the college.

In an effort to capture detailed history and personal accounts regarding the 50 years of the college’s existence, Tracy Wilfong, Communications instructor assigned her Honors Composition students the task of capturing stories from previous and current Linn State faculty, staff and administrators.

Although the students were slightly apprehensive about the oral history assignment, Wilfong believes the students gained a deeper appreciation for the college. 

After conducting the interviews, Wilfong heard several students comment on the “old days” of the college.  “They were amazed at the progress Linn State has made in the campus, the facilities and the equipment,” said Wilfong.  “Linn State’s growth and technological advances made the biggest impact on students during their assignments.”

The oral history presentations were conducted in pairs of two before Linn State faculty, staff and administrators.   Several individuals that had been interviewed by the students were also in attendance.

“Without a doubt, students gained a greater appreciation for the history of Linn Tech,” said Dr. Donald Claycomb, Linn State president.  “It was exciting to hear the presentations by the students based on their interviews of people who have had a long time involvement with Linn State Technical College.  What the students reported indicates a strong dedication on the part of those individuals who were interviewed.”

With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   LSTC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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