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- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Hotel chain president: City should regulate short-term lodging (11/27/16)16
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Thankful people: Marble Hill woman been through much and remains thankful (11/24/16)
- Officers: Delta man dies during domestic dispute (11/28/16)1
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)4
- Light Christmas: Thousands gather to view Parade of Lights (11/28/16)5
Missouri's A+ program will expand. That was the message shared by Gov. Jay Nixon last week at Scott City High School.
The A+ program provides an opportunity for students to meet specific criteria and receive two years of free college tuition to any of the state's public community colleges. Ninety-nine percent of the state's public high schools are in the program, and Scott City was a recent addition.
An April Associated Press story pointed to a report by the Project on Student Debt that said the average student in the class of 2011 who borrowed money finished school with an average of $26,600 in loan debt. Figures like this make the A+ program all the more appealing for those seeking higher education.
Program criteria, in addition to attending an A+ school, includes maintaining a minimum of a B average, 95 percent or better attendance and 50 hours of mentoring younger students.
We realize that the program will not appeal to all students. Some know early on they will attend a four-year university. Others may plan to enter the workforce after high school. But for students who plan to start at a community college, the program can provide significant cost savings.
As one school year winds down, we hope counselors, administrators, teachers and parents discuss this program with students.