Joplin, MO – Missouri Southern State University’s new Adult Degree Completion (ADC) program has been approved for a $30,000 Institutional Workforce Enhancement grant by the Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation.
The Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on making higher education more accessible and affordable by providing grants and scholarships to Missouri families, and is responsible for grant programs such as Finish Line.
The ADC program at Missouri Southern, which launched this fall, focuses on assisting adult learners who wish to finish school by offering them tailored degrees and certifications. The students’ life and employment experience can also count toward college credit and help them to accelerate advancement in the workforce.
Dr. William Mountz, Director of Adult Degree Completion, said that MSSU has wanted to do more to assist adult learners.
“There’s not a lot of tools for adults who work full time that allows them to finish their degrees,” he said. “This grant will go toward helping us launch this program and for things like technology that students can come in to use to do assignments or check out.”
Mountz plans to apply for more grants for adult learners to continue offering them a flexible way to return to school and finish their degree.
“We’re still building up the program while we’re launching it,” he said. “This grant will help us achieve that goal.”