Governor Jay Nixon said he is determined to make Missouri’s education systems one of the best in the nation. Today, he built upon that promise, signing Senate Bill 381 into law, making it the first bill of its kind in America. Click to hear Governor Nixon sign the bill, along with representatives from the University of Central Missouri and Senators and Representatives who sponsored the bill speak:
“Nothing will have a greater impact on our future than the investments that we make right now in education,” said Nixon. “Education is the single best economic development tool there is. That’s why we have made a focused effort to give every Missourian the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary degree, and that the degree will prepare them for the high-demand careers of tomorrow.”
Nixon went on to say that Missouri boasts the lowest increase in college tuition expenses over the last five years, with just a 5% increase in that time. “We are number one,” said Governor Nixon proudly. He added that Missouri has seen the 13th highest spike in adults with advanced degrees in the Union.
“Last year I announced that my administration awarded nearly $9 million in grants to establish Innovation Campuses throughout the Sate of Missouri, including the very first one right here at the University of Central Missouri,” Nixon quipped. “Innovation campuses bring colleges, universities, local school districts, and businesses together to offer accelerated degree programs to prepare them for high-demand fields.”
The Governor renewed his promise to make Missouri the best place in the United States to pursue a post-secondary degree.
“We are at the beginning of something great, not the end. There is no other place in America where this is happening today. This will be a giant boost of progress to education in Missouri,” concluded Nixon.