Hands-on learning flows naturally in Ryan Hampton’s industrial technologies classrooms at Columbia High School. The phrase “I’ll never use this when I grow up,” is not applicable within his world of carpentry, construction, welding, machining and drafting. His students have the privilege of learning real-world skills through his lessons – skills that stretch and empower both the mind and the hands.
For 150 years, the University of Central Missouri has provided unparalleled student support, exceptional academic programs and valuable learning opportunities, helping students achieve success through affordable access to a high-quality education. Originally established as a training school for teachers, UCM opened its doors in 1871 with only 30 students in a rented building. It is now home to approximately 10,000 students who represent 43 states and 32 countries.
ST. LOUIS • On one school day last month, more than 30 Hamilton Elementary students sat cross-legged on the gym floor, laughing at an episode of the ’90s television show “Recess” that was being projected on the wall.
They were watching TV because they had no gym or art teachers that day, said substitute teacher Janet Burns, who was supervising them. Those teachers were absent.