The educators said the ultimate goal would be to provide an avenue through career and technical education, or a four-year college degree, without ever having to leave Camdenton or the Lake area.

Representatives from Missouri State University, including Provost Dr. Frank Einhellig and Criminologist Andrew Purvis, were present at the Camdenton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night, updating the community on a new educational partnership that will benefit the entire Lake area.

The educators said the goal of the partnership was to transform Camdenton into a destination hub, providing an avenue to explore new career pathways for students and community members alike.

The city of Camdenton and MSU have signed off on an agreement to provide community emergency services personnel training, and eventually college course work at the old Camdenton Fire Station. Most of the renovations have been completed, other than some painting and a few finishing touches, the representatives said.

MSU will also partner with the Camdenton School District, Lake Area Career & Technical Center and State Fair Community College to provide those dual-credit courses, while providing local teachers with a pathway to college accreditation teaching through the higher education institution.

Dr. Joy Norris of MSU said the plan was to provide more than 30 dual-credit course options by partnering with State Fair to make transferring credits easier to obtain a four-year bachelors degree. MSU plans to poll initial students on coursework, instructors and facilities to ensure quality control of the program.

The cost of one dual-credit hour will be $70, Norris said, which is substantially lower than a normal college credit hour and designed that way to make the program affordable to more high school students.

The educators said the ultimate goal would be to provide an avenue through career and technical education, or a four-year college degree, without ever having to leave Camdenton or the Lake area.

“We want to dedicate ourselves to the best,” Purvis said. “Not only teaching but then applying that into the community.”

Earlier in May, the Board of Aldermen approved a memorandum of understanding to lease the building to MSU and proceed with renovations that the higher education institution has agreed to repay as well as a monthly rent installment of $833 beginning on July 15.

Renovation costs and monthly rent will be distributed over a six-year term, according to the contract. Upon completion of the renovation expenses, MSU will no longer be charged monthly rental payments.

Building and parking maintenance will be provided by the city with MSU covering the cost of monthly utilities. The renovation project was bid out in March and the city received one bid from Bales Construction that was over the architect’s estimate. After negotiating with Bales Construction, the city was able to reduce the cost to an agreed to cost of $60,974 for the desired MSU renovations.

“Outreach programs include the continuing education in the areas of public safety under the umbrella of a Public Safety Training Center and other continuing education based on community need,” according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). “In addition, MSU may offer degree completion programs as determined through student enrollments in designated programs.”

MSU, at its own cost, has agreed to equip the building and classrooms with all technological needs, including 24-hour security cameras and materials to complete the coursework. Two large classrooms, with a seating capacity of 35 to 45 students as well as one small classroom for 20 students, will be built.

“There will be three restrooms provided including one for men, one for women, and one gender neutral bathroom. A room will be renovated to be used as a computer lab,” the agreement states. “The large bays will be left in their present condition and used for tactical training purposes. Overall facility updates will include interior painting, new flooring, and new ceiling tiles.”

The MOU becomes effective on July 15 and continues for at least 72-months with both sides having the authority to renegotiate the agreement after the term is completed. The two sides began discussions last July.

Camdenton Police Department has also agreed to a training contract with MSU for Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) requirements which has increased in 2017 from 48 hours every three years to 24 hours every year.

This contract would start July 1 and outlines a fee of $250 per officer. Camdenton has 15 officers who are POST certified bringing the cost to a total of $3,750 which will be covered by the PD’s training budget.

The Public Safety Training Center will provide the following services to any law enforcement officer, fire fighter, or EMT/First Responder in Missouri:

— The 24-hour POST continuing education requirement

— Unlimited basic and advanced training hours to contract partners

— Affordable course pricing for non-contract partners

— Annual tracking of individual hours accrued, with monthly reporting to agency chief

— Specifically requested courses and topics

— Flat-rate funding, and web-based course scheduling and enrollment

— Innovative, advanced, speciality, supervisory, and certifying courses

— Higher-education bachelor’s and master’s degree options

— Access to every applicable course through our live/interactive online technology

The rate for a basic classroom course, non-contract, will be $60 for a four-hour course and $120 for an eight-hour course. Courses longer than eight hours will be priced at $15 per hour per attendee, according to the contract.