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Linn State Tech gets new name

Seems that folks in mid-Missouri have just begun to get used to the name of the school that used to be called Linn Tech.

Now there’ll be another new name, one that reflects the growth of the student population and mission of the school.

Thursday, the Missouri Senate passed and sent to Governor Nixon legislation that will change the name of Linn State Technical College to The State Technical College of Missouri, effective on July 1, 2014.

“It will take me a while to stop calling it Linn Sate Technical College,” said State Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), a former member of the school’s board. “With this body’s action today, the school can go on to the next step in its life and continue to expand its mission in a statewide presence.”

The current Linn State Technical College offers more than 35 technical programs at the associate of applied science degree and certificate level. In addition, customized and contract training is offered to Missouri business and industry. Each program features hands-on application and experience of theories taught in classrooms. As part of their education, many students participate in on-the-job experience through internships.

The college strives to keep up and stay ahead of the needs of Missouri’s employers. Recently developed programs include management information systems specialist with a general and automated accounting systems option, electrical power generation technology and radiation protection, instrumentation and control, reactor operations and quality control options in the nuclear technology program.

Students are evaluated through a one-of-a-kind system that provides potential employers with a student’s track record of success in academic achievement, job readiness and work ethic, and attendance.

In March, Associated Industries of Missouri president Ray McCarty told a Senate committee that members of AIM all around the state have grown to rely on Linn State to provide well prepared new employees for their operations.

“They are able to take graduates from Linn State Technical College and employ them in great jobs in manufacturing and other places,” McCarty told committee members. “We think their mission is vital, we appreciate what they do, and we think that it would be great for them to have a name to reflect their statewide purpose.”

The bill flew through the Senate without a “No” vote.

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