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Gov. Nixon endorses name change for Missouriís only state technical college

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation today officially changing State Technical College of Missouri’s name to the State Technical College of Missouri. The name change will take effect July 1, 2014.

House Bill 673, sponsored by Rep. Dave Schatz, was introduced to better reflect the college’s statewide role under current Missouri law and poses no additional cost to the state. Enrollment at the college consistently represents over 80 percent of Missouri counties and its graduates fuel the state’s technical workforce.

“This name change truly represents our service to the entire state,” said Dr. Donald Claycomb, STC President. “Our graduates receive unparalleled technical instruction which prepares them to enter and support Missouri’s industrial workforce.”

Enrollment at the college has grown 58 percent over the last 16 years and its role in higher education is unique. As the only state technical college in Missouri, State Tech’s curriculum balances hands-on technical courses with a strong foundation in communication, problem solving, decision-making and critical thinking. In 2012 alone, STC facilitated over $900,000 in workforce development through customized training for Missouri businesses.

“We look forward to our continued excellence in technical preparation,” notes Claycomb. “This name change doesn’t eliminate the history and tradition of State Tech, but rather celebrates and defines what we’ve been providing to the state all along.”

State Tech offers over 35 programs and options at the Associate of Applied Science degree and certificate levels. Since 1995, 95 percent of STC graduates have found gainful employment or continued their education within six months of graduation.

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