President Barack Obama is visiting Missouri this week for the first time since May of 2012 when he spoke to Joplin High School graduates one year after the deadly tornado.
Tomorrow, the president will be joining Governor Jay Nixon at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where he is expected to give a speech on infrastructure spending and universal pre-school programs. He may also discuss efforts to overhaul immigration laws.
This will be Obama's fourth official visit to the state since taking office. Details on tickets below.
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Nixon announced the visit in a press release over the weekend, highlighting his office's Innovation Campus initiative, which offers students accelerated degree programs and apprenticeships in high-demand fields.
"We are very proud that the President has chosen to visit the University of Central Missouri, where our Innovation Campus initiative got its start," Nixon says in a statement. "By offering accelerated degrees in high-demand fields, Innovation Campuses reduce student debt and ensure Missouri workers have the skills to compete for 21st century careers. Missouri now leads the nation in holding down college tuition increases, and our highly skilled workforce continues to attract major investments from high-growth industries. This visit is a great testament this outstanding institution and the leadership of President Chuck Ambrose."
The White House yesterday released these event and ticket details as well:
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited event space the White House will only be able to fulfill a limited number of requests for tickets. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.
Tickets are required and will be available at the following ticket distribution location:
University of Central Missouri Student Recreation and Wellness Center
500 South Maguire Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Tickets for the General Public will be limited to one per person
Event Day Logistics:
Public Entrance: University of Central Missouri Student Recreation and Wellness Center located at 500 South Maguire Street
Doors Open: 1:45 p.m.
Tickets are required for entry and can be obtained at the public ticket distribution on Monday.
For security reasons, do not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners permitted. All attendees will go through airport-like security. Limited parking is available in campus parking lots.
Here is Nixon's full advisory on the event.
Advisory: Gov. Nixon to join President Obama in Warrensburg
The University of Central Missouri is part of Governor Nixon's Innovation Campus initiative offering accelerated degrees in high-demand fields
Gov. Jay Nixon will join President Barack Obama at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Wednesday July 24. UCM was the foundation for the Governor's Innovation Campus initiative, which offers students accelerated degree programs and apprenticeships in high-demand fields, reducing the time it takes to earn a degree and cutting student debt.
"We are very proud that the President has chosen to visit the University of Central Missouri, where our Innovation Campus initiative got its start," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "By offering accelerated degrees in high-demand fields, Innovation Campuses reduce student debt and ensure Missouri workers have the skills to compete for 21st century careers. Missouri now leads the nation in holding down college tuition increases, and our highly skilled workforce continues to attract major investments from high-growth industries. This visit is a great testament this outstanding institution and the leadership of President Chuck Ambrose."
Gov. Jay Nixon has focused on making strategic investments to ensure all Missourians have access to a quality, affordable post-secondary degree that prepares them for careers in high-demand fields. Since the 2008-2009 school year, tuition and fees at Missouri's public four-year colleges and universities have had the lowest increase in the nation - going up just 5 percent in four years.
Last fall, Gov. Nixon announced $9 million in Innovation Campus grants, including $996,975 for the University of Central Missouri, to establish partnerships between local high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and area businesses. Under the leadership of President Chuck Ambrose, the Missouri Innovation Campus at the University of Central Missouri offers accelerated degree programs in the fields of science, technology and engineering, reducing the time and cost needed for students to earn their degrees. Apprenticeships at participating businesses provide students with applied learning experiences, and businesses with a pool of highly trained candidates for positions.
Earlier this month, Gov. Nixon signed bipartisan legislation that officially defined the Innovation Campus initiative in state statute and recognized the University of Central Missouri as having met the Innovation Campus criteria by working to lower the cost and time required for students to complete a degree and by connecting students with local businesses to establish a path to a career in a high-demand field.
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