JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri officials are awarding nine grants worth nearly $9 million to create so-called "Innovation Campuses" involving colleges and universities.
The program pairs universities and colleges with businesses to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. It also is aimed at helping students earn their degrees faster and graduate with less debt.
Nixon announced Wednesday that a campus in central Missouri will focus on information technology with involvement from Lincoln University, Linn State Technical College, area high schools and businesses. It is getting a $1 million grant.
Innovation campuses in Greene County, St. Louis, St. Charles County, St. Joseph, Joplin and Cape Girardeau also are getting $1 million grants. Projects in Johnson County and Rolla are getting just under $1 million.