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Nixon announces 'Innovation Campus' grants

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated.

Missouri officials are awarding nine grantsworth 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.

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