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Highlighting the Success of Career Education in Missouri

According to the Missouri Department of Education and Secondary Education's website, roughly 250,000 Missouri high school students and adults participated in career education training programs. These programs were made available through partnerships between public high schools and community centers, community colleges and four year colleges. The Missouri Career Education (MCE) program published a fact sheet showing the majority of their secondary graduates (93%) are currently employed, continuing their education or serving in the military and the, "many have jobs related to their educational training."

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A description of the MCE program provided by the Missouri Department of Education and Secondary Education website states that the programs combines education and training for students of all ages in the area of agriculture, business, health science, technical science, engineering and technology.  The program reaches young adults through partnerships with the public high school system.  

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The MCE 2012-2013 Factsheet

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Hi Chavis.

I worked for a few years at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga helping students know about the option to start a business and to start businesses. In that time I met with a few heads of innovation centres in Sweden that are 10 to 25 years ahead of innovation development in Australia. What happens in Sweden is that local businesses are so well informed that they approach the innovation centres with projects and do not have to be invited anymore to approach the innovation centre. These projects include some employed people and some students to find a solution to utilise idle capacity and create new business opportunities. It is well documented in Sweden that for every 1$ the government spend on these innovation centres, they then generate around $11 to over $20 in taxable income.

For these innovation centres to be successful they follow what is termed a Triple Helix model that must have the participation of government, private business, and education institutions. It looks to me that the Missouri success re validates this co-ordinated combined effort as a path towards creating more economic opportunity for youth.