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Missouri Governor Announces $1 Million in Grants to Educate Additional Nurses at College and Universities
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 23, 2012 - Gov. Jay Nixon has announced nearly $1 million in grants to educate additional nurses at college and universities across the state, including a $150,000 grant to Truman State University, marking the latest award of grants made available through the Governor's Caring for Missourians initiative.
Gov. Nixon made the announcement during a visit to Truman State University's Department of Nursing. The department is receiving a $150,000 grant to graduate at least 10-15 additional nursing students and to launch three foundational courses online to assist students in transferring to the accelerated BSN program. The department will also expand clinical sites and partnerships and add adjunct clinical and instructional faculty members.
These Caring for Missourians grants are funded by revenue generated from nursing licensing fees collected by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The program is providing $1 million in grants each year in Fiscal Years 2012, 2013, and 2014. Public and private colleges and universities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $150,000 per institution per year to hire additional faculty, purchase vital educational equipment or offer scholarships.
"An education in nursing is a clear pathway to a rewarding and lifelong career, but far too often, too many students were being turned away from nursing education programs because they were at full capacity," Gov. Nixon said. "As our state economy continues to move forward, health care will remain as a growing industry in our state. These Caring for Missourians program grants will assist our nursing schools in educating more students and connecting them with good jobs in every corner of Missouri."
The State Board of Nursing has approved the following six additional grants:
Lincoln University (Jefferson City) $124,115
Missouri State University (Springfield) $144,134
Research College of Nursing (Kansas City) $148,032
University of Missouri - St. Louis $149,978
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg) $131,266
University of Missouri - Columbia $150,000
To select the grant recipients, the Missouri State Board of Nursing reviewed competitive applications submitted by the institutions. In the third year of the program, the board will again be inviting applications and awarding the grants on a competitive basis.
Missouri State Fair Attendance Increasesd in 2012
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 23, 2012 - The 2012 Missouri State Fair saw increased by more than 10,000 over last year's numbers. Final attendance numbers for the 11-day event confirm that more than 353,700 people attended this year's fair, up from just over 343,000 in 2011.
This year's Fair recognized several other anniversaries, in addition to the celebration of the 110th Fair, including National 4-H (110 years), John Deere (175 years), Missouri Cattleman's Association (100 years), Missouri State Parks (95 years), Missouri Department of Conservation (75 years), Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (75 years), Missouri Travel Council (50 years), and Missouri State Fair Youth In Agriculture (20 years). The Fair's opening day parade included entries celebrating the history and traditions of those organizations, as well as the New Bloomfield High School Marching Band, which also took part in the first Fair parade in 1901.
"The Missouri State Fair continues to be a platform that fosters growth among Missouri youth," Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said. "This year's showcase was evidence that both Missouri youth and Missouri agriculture are strong and the tradition of outstanding livestock at our Fair continues.
The 2012 Missouri State Fair included more than 28,000 livestock and competitive entries and involved more than 4,000 Missouri 4-H and FFA youth participants. Every Missouri county was represented at the Fair, through competitive entries, special exhibits and events.
"The State Fair continues to honor its agricultural roots, while offering something for everyone," said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. "The State Fair is an outstanding opportunity for all Missourians to connect with our past as well as the bright future of agriculture in our state."
The 2013 Missouri State Fair will be held Aug. 8-18 in Sedalia.
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