JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The legislation sponsored by St. Joseph’s delegate to the Missouri Senate is intended to support the Hillyard Tech Center and operating agencies, whatever they may be.
Senator Tony Luetkemeyer explained Thursday that he is urging the Legislature to pass appropriations worth $ 1.1 million in additional funding for the center, which trains students in the region in STEM and professional skills practices, while also hosting an annex of the Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Increasing our investment in this program will ensure that young people are better prepared to start in today’s increasingly competitive and highly complex work environment,” Luetkemeyer said in his announcement of the proposal, before responding. follow-up questions.
MCC’s role is subject to change, as Luetkemeyer continues to promote SB 390, which, if passed as is, would take MCC jurisdiction over Buchanan County public school districts and unite it with the institution. of Grundy County, North Central Missouri College of Trenton. The two concepts are distinct in nature and involve different pieces of legislation, but their potential effects are closely related.
The Common Idea: Upgrade St. Vocational and Technical Training System In a telephone interview Thursday, Chamber of Commerce President R. Patt Lilly reaffirmed these community needs.
No one is calling for more funding, but the Missouri Community College Association continues to view SB 390 as a reckless intervention in relations among its members. This position is supported by MCC and NCMC. Colleges in Missouri are assigned to different areas on the basis of a collective agreement, and the Association sees SB 390 as the one that will get lawmakers to tell them what to do and how to do it, unrelated to local needs.
“Our testimony is based on how that would set a bad precedent,” said Brian Millner, president of the association. “So if the bill passes, Buchanan County will be the only county in the state of Missouri drawn (from outside) into a service region, and we just maintain the position … colleges Communities have always been able to work through any problem related to the need to modify or modify service regions. It has worked well since their inception in the 90s. ”
Luetkemeyer said he sees this take as based primarily on politics and internal college rivalries. He alluded to the history of MCC’s active involvement in Hillyard over the past three years prior to NCMC initiatives, such as the North Belt Center at 6503 North Belt Highway. Hillyard itself was built in 1941 and has since been expanded. The institution will not be fundamentally changed and will be able to continue to develop, explained Luetkemeyer, whoever is responsible for the show.
“What I would say is this: If this bill passes and NCMC becomes the Buchanan County service provider, it will be a great partner,” he said. “NCMC has been providing junior college services for years, before MCC came here.”