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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 6, 2015

Northwest celebrates receipt of grants to support innovation, competency-based education

Gov. Jay Nixon, left, and Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski converse prior to today's announcement that Northwest is a recipient of two grants, totaling $835,000, through USA Funds. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

Gov. Jay Nixon, left, and Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski converse prior to today's announcement that Northwest is a recipient of two grants, totaling $835,000, through USA Funds. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

While joining Kansas City-area businesses and education leaders at Cerner World Headquarters today to celebrate the designation of the Northland CAPS Innovation Partnership, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Northwest Missouri State University as the recipient of two grants, totaling $835,000, through the generosity of USA Funds.

Last September, Nixon announced USA Funds, a national nonprofit, had selected Missouri to receive a $1 million grant to expand the Missouri Innovation Campus initiative. It is through this grant that Northwest receives a $450,000 grant it will share with Metropolitan Community College and the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (Northland CAPS) to support its collaboration on the Northland CAPS Innovation Campus.

“With the resources made available from USA Funds, and the strong foundation we put in place through our Innovation Campus initiative, we will continue to make this community a leader in workforce development and college affordability,” Nixon said. “By awarding $450,000 Missouri Innovation Campus grant to Northwest Missouri State University and its partners, including Metropolitan Community College, we will be able to help hundreds of students in six area schools earn college credit, learn skills that are in demand and participate directly in internships and apprenticeships right here in Kansas City.”

In addition, Northwest is the recipient of a $385,000 grant through a second $1 million grant that USA Funds awarded to Missouri to provide greater access to competency-based education.

“This is further testament to Northwest leadership in preparing our student workforce for success on the job,” Nixon said. “The milestone we’re celebrating today is a great example of the Bearcats’ commitment to academic excellence and innovation.”

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski praised the University’s faculty and staff for its focus on student success and the need to develop a highly skilled, 21st-century-workforce that meets emerging regional business needs.

“Successful partnerships really come through the work of creativity, continuity and addressing significant challenges with a positive and collaborative mindset,” Jasinski said. “It’s about all of us rising and bettering our students, bettering our workforce and bettering our communities. These grants, spearheaded by Provost Tim Mottet, Grants Coordinator Tye Parsons and our forward-looking faculty, help provide for positive disruption as we continually challenge the status quo and proactively respond to a dynamic and ever-changing landscape.”

Said Anna Gatlin, USA Funds director for state engagement and relations, “Missouri’s competency-based education initiatives help students earn quality postsecondary credentials in less time and at less cost, while also preparing them for high-demand occupations. Consistent with USA Funds’ focus on postsecondary education Completion With a Purpose, we are pleased to support these innovative college and career preparation initiatives as models for other states to adopt.”


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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