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Nixon Includes Two-Year Schools in Tuition Freeze

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Those bound for community college or technical school in Missouri won't have to worry about the cost of classes going up next year. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports.

On Friday, in his first visit to Missouri State University as Governor, Jay Nixon announced an agreement with the state's two year institutions regarding tuition.

The agreement mirrors an earlier deal struck between the governor and Missouri's four year schools: two year institutions will freeze their tuition rates for the next school year.

In exchange, state appropriations will remain the same for Fiscal Year 2010.

"From nurses to auto-mechanics to dental assistants to electricians, we have a vital need for highly skilled workers in a wide variety of jobs; jobs that don't necessarily require a four year degree, but do require cutting-edge knowledge, technical skill, and careful practice," Nixon said.

MSU President Michael Nietzel says this agreement will be especially helpful for students in Springfield and the Ozarks.

"We have a two year college and President Higdon is here with OTC, and a four year institution with Missouri State. So we're both blessed by this proposal. Special also in that Missouri State has a two year campus in West Plains," Nietzel said.

Governor Nixon and the State Legislature will announce the state budget next Tuesday.

For KSMU News, I'm Benjamin Fry.