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Education for a global future: Make the smart move to Rolla-St. James.

Those seeking to attain a higher degree of success in both work and life find the ideal educational environment in Rolla-St. James. From inviting pre-school programs to the rigorous professional preparation of higher learning, this progressive region offers abundant opportunities to create careers of achievement and to enjoy the satisfaction and enrichment of life-long learning. It’s no wonder the percentage of Rolla-St. James residents with Master’s degrees or higher is more than 40% above the national average.

Rolla Pre-12: Achievement in Rolla public schools is a matter of record, with graduation rates and ACT scores higher than the state average, excellence attained in part through low student-teacher ratios and quality-driven instruction.  The system’s award-winning staff is well educated; over 74% of the teachers at Rolla High School have earned Master’s degrees or higher. Just as importantly, educators here are highly motivated, continually seeking out new methods for success, in the process earning accolades like the Missouri STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Educator Innovator Award. The system collaborates as well as innovates, with “out-of-the-box” initiatives like onsite hearings of Missouri court cases which provide both students and community members an insightful and informative look at the Missouri court system.

St. James Pre-12: With Missouri now one of the nation’s fastest-growing states in creating technology jobs, St. James is positioning itself on the leading edge with its Connected to Learning (C2L) program that puts a laptop in every student’s hands. This one-to-one ratio keeps students and staff both well-connected and well-informed.  As with the C2L initiative, St. James’ instructional decisions are data-driven and student-centered.  Co-curricular activities provide equally important student enrichment, from music to art to title-winning athletics that have produced an impressive roster of scholarship-winning students.

Rolla Technical Institute/Rolla Technical Center (RTI/RTC): Serving more than 1,600 high school students and adult learners, RTC offers approximately two dozen programs of study, ranging from automotive technology to drafting and design to surgical technology. Dual enrollment allows high school students to get a head-start in careers and even college, while the broad range of adult services opens life-long learning and employment opportunities. And the work is ongoing: RTI/RTC collaborates closely with area employers to maintain a graduate population that is skill-rich and work-ready.

East Central Community College (ECCC): ECCC offers one of Missouri’s best values in higher education and training, combining low tuition rates with 25 different options in career/technical programs and strategic choices in degree routes. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and/or certification credentials prepare students for immediate employment, while four different transfer-oriented degrees include the Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) designed for students in pre-engineering, Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) and the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT).

Missouri University of Science and Technology: Innovator. Collaborator.
In a recent survey by Site Selector Magazine, Rolla-St. James was named one of the nation’s Top 15 metro areas with the highest growth of engineering graduates. Unlike other cities on the list (true metro areas like New York City, Washington, D.C., Denver, Boston and Atlanta), Rolla-St. James offers low-cost, low-stress micropolitan living. Still, the ranking was no surprise, as Missouri S&T has long been identified as one of the nation’s top five public engineering colleges.

And Missouri S&T is not only a strategic pipeline for talent, it’s also a valued research partner for the U.S. Military as well as for global leaders seeking breakthrough performance in R&D. Working with an annual research budget in excess of $45 million and collaborating with organizations ranging from the U.S. Army’s Leonard Wood Institute to Boeing, Chevron and GE Aviation, Missouri S&T has proven its mettle, providing robust return on investment for all stakeholders. Leveraging a forward-thinking technology transfer arrangement, the university has also helped spawn Rolla-St. James’ successes like MO-SCI, makers of biomedical glass.  And with the University’s Innovation Park expected to generate more than $40 million in general revenue in a little over a decade (creating more than 1,000 jobs in the process and generating more than $820 million in new personal income for Missourians), growth through innovation seems assured. Meanwhile, more than 8,000 students from 65 different countries converge here, many students remaining after graduation. The result is a rich intellectual and cultural diversity and a workforce of unparalleled quality—even as the University adds approximately 2,000 direct jobs to the area economy.

Drury University-Rolla: This nationally accredited university offers unique opportunity for the adult students seeking degree completion as well as for college-bound high school students interested in a dual enrollment path that provides a head start on college careers at a fraction of university tuition. Classes are small, flexibly designed and lead to Associate Degrees in nine areas, and Bachelor of Science degrees in a dozen areas, typically completed through a mix of face-to-face and online course offerings.

Webster University: Ranked #26 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Regional Universities (Midwest), this non-profit, century-old university is a historic Missouri school with an international presence. Webster’s campuses range all over the globe; its Rolla campus was established nearly 20 years ago, and today offers Master’s degrees in counseling and a new Master’s Degree in Public Health.

Metro Business College: The focus of this private career college is transforming job training into professional opportunity. Accredited by the Accrediting Counsel for Schools and Independent Colleges and Schools (ACSIS), Metro was established in Rolla in 1964, and today creates career-ready students through the targeted paths of Associate Applied Science Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.


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