UCM Enters Into Agreement with Missouri National Guard
Contact: Jeff Murphy
A memorandum of agreement was recently signed between the Missouri National Guard adjutant general and the president of the University of Central Missouri at the Guard’s Ike Skelton Training Site near Jefferson City. The memorandum relates to the establishment and continuing operation of a Telecommunication Community Resource Center located at the training site.
“Under your leadership and under your team, you’ve positioned the Guard in the leading edge of National Guard,” Charles Ambrose, UCM president said to Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner during the agreement signing. “It requires innovation and thinking differently, and Missouri is very fortunate to have a lot of partnerships that are trying to create the future rather than just react to it.”
The resource center will provide educational programming and training to residents of surrounding communities, Missouri Army National Guard personnel and National Guard Personnel nationwide. The TCRC plans to provide services such as credit and non-credit educational courses and programs, short-term professional development and training; web streaming, video conferencing and media support functions.
“We know that in the competitive world today that you have to have advanced degrees and higher education for that competition that we’re going to continue to face in the future,” Danner said. “We have some great facilities out there and I’m hoping that in the coming year we can expand our partnership.”
The partnership between the two organizations, and their plans for the future of the partnership, will provide another avenue of approach for service members to attain a higher level of education.
“That’s access and opportunities for degree attainment and training,” Ambrose said. “We have a great team. I think we’ve had great interface time with you and we’re grateful for partners who look out ahead and try to shoot to where the target is going to be.”
The agreement with the Missouri National Guard continues an effort by the university to better serve active duty military personnel and veterans. Additional efforts in recent months have included the establishment of a new Military and Veterans Success Center on campus, the hiring of a new director of Military and Veteran Services, and approval of a new military tuition package that makes education more affordable for the men and women who serve their country.