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Linn State, CMU sign agreement

Partnership provides additional higher education option to students, local residents

On November 15, Central Methodist University (CMU) and Linn State Technical College (LSTC) signed a formal agreement allowing students, alumni and citizens of Linn and the surrounding communities the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree.

During the ceremony, State Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, applauded both institutions for what he considers a necessary partnership.  “I’m absolutely excited for both institutions,” said Brown.  “This is a big deal to me.”

“Being a poor kid from the south of Missouri, I understand the importance of education,” said Brown.  “Education has made all the difference in my life.”

According to Brown, he believes LSTC has done an excellent job over the years of preparing students for success in the workplace.  Brown stated this agreement gives LSTC students that little extra to be even more successful in their careers.

For 50 years, LSTC has had as its mission to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  

“We pride ourselves in preparing students to be successful in the workplace, however we haven’t done much to prepare students for self-employment or management,” said Dr. Donald Claycomb, president of LSTC. 

“This agreement with CMU helps us with the second half of our mission,” said Claycomb.

The agreement provides students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree at LSTC the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management or a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies-Entrepreneurship Emphasis from CMU on LSTC’s main campus in Linn, MO.

CMU President Dr. Marianne Inman stated that wherever there is an educational need, CMU is there.  “We are especially pleased to be here in Linn,” said Inman.  “This is a win-win partnership for everyone, most especially for the students.”

“The partnership also provides people in the greater Linn area an additional higher education option,” said Claycomb.

In addition to furthering the higher education learning of LSTC students, CMU’s programs are being offered to all area residents already holding an associates degree and wanting to pursue their bachelors in business, or for bachelors degree holders who may want to earn a business degree.

As stated by both Claycomb and Inman, CMU’s program is designed for the individual working full time.  CMU will begin offering the degree programs starting in January with classes being held in the evenings.

For more information, students and area residents can contact Aimee Sage at 660-248-6651 or e-mail her at asage@centralmethodist.edu.

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

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