Missouri State University has created a Camdenton-based learning center that will allow local students who want to take MSU classes to do so without traveling to Lebanon.

What it is?

Missouri State University has created a Camdenton-based learning center that will allow local students who want to take MSU classes to do so without traveling to Lebanon. The building has multiple office spaces for staff within and two rooms with monitors displaying information for students to use in their classes.

How does it work?

MSU Camdenton will use a software program called Zoom to live stream classes into the Camdenton classrooms. Classes taking place on the Lebanon campus will be shown on multiple television monitors within the classrooms which have live audio and visual options so that kids in one location can instantly communicate with students in the other site. This will also allow teachers in Lebanon to instantly communicate with Camdenton students taking the class. MSU created this style of learning to provide a cheap and effective way for out-of-town students to earn their education without paying normal college tuition.

What is offered?

The MSU Camdenton building will offer elementary teaching degrees starting Fall 2018. However, in order to participate at this location, an associates degree (or an accumulation of two years worth of college prerequisites) must first be completed at another institution. Regional Outreach Administrator Gib Adkins says the goal of the program is to allow for the final two years of an individuals education to be remotely completed and at a lowered cost.

There is also a public safety training course being offered in the same building which will allow for officers to renew their license. Adkins says they already have nearly 125 students signed up for this program.

What’s the cost?

According to MSU, the final cost for completing these final two years of education is $15,194. This equates to $214 per credit hour. This is not including the cost of books and other supplies necessary for class work.

MSU is currently offering a scholarship opportunity for elementary education majors who begin their college education at State Fair Community College and later transfer to MSU Camdenton. This scholarship is specific to individuals completing their education through that path of transfer and is worth $1,000. The deadline for this scholarship is May 1, 2018. Applications materials are available from from the MSU Regional Outreach Office and should be submitted to State Fair Community College.