Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hard Work U


 

We had heard Mom and Dad talk about 
the College of the Ozarks
for many years.

In the gift shop.


Every time my parents would come out to Missouri 
it was a favorite stop for them.

Yesterday we got to experience this really smart
and beautiful college for ourselves.

Here is the concept:

The students work their way through
and don't pay a penny of tuition.
They still pay room and board unless they 
stay and work through the summer.

This is just one small part of 
the hotel and restaurant lobby.



The fireplace was just stunning!

Jobs are available in all aspects of 
the restaurant and hotel,
farming, gardening, maintenance, electrical plant,
the mill, fire and police, on and on it goes.
If it needs to happen on campus there is likely 
a student doing the job.

We ate in the restaurant for lunch
and it was so cool knowing that everything we ate
was produced there on the campus.
Including the beef in the hamburgers 
and the pork in my Quesadilla.

Our waiter is in his final year.
He is so excited to have landed a great job
in a restaurant in Orlando.
The students are sought after by employers 
because of their reputation of experience 
and hard work.

I tried and tried to get a good photo of this guy....he was too skinny for the camera to think was the object of my attention.


Another program at the school that I found
to be very special is the veteran and student
program.  The school will match up veterans with one 
or more students and then they will travel to the place
where the veteran served.
He will then tell them first hand about his 
experiences.
What a way to preserve history.
Love it.
Apparently President Bush was impressed too.
This photo of a photo shows him meeting with 
some of the veterans.

So often I take for granted the service 
and sacrifice others are now giving or have given.
Out here in Branson
they do not forget.

We visited the Mill,
it is a working mill where they grind
grains for their biscuit mix, breads,
and whatever else they need flour for.

Also in the mill is the weaving center.
Students weave all kinds of beautiful items 
for sale.  

Then we were off to the Chapel.
It is beautiful.
I can just imagine many of the alumni coming
back to have their weddings here.




 

This is a blatantly Christian college.
It is one that is doing their students a service in requiring much
while rewarding them with a college degree without debt.
They leave this place with practical experience
and pride in a job well done.

This was not the only thing we did yesterday but
since it is so picture laden I'll share more another day.

I hope that you have a wonderful day.
We are off to squeeze in as much as we can on 
our last day in Branson, Missouri.

8 comments:

PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

What a wonderful idea, and that chapel, oh my!

Vee said...

What a concept! I've never heard of it before. So glad that you discussed it here. Such a beautiful campus...

Elena said...

Wow, what an amazing college. I loved all your photos! You are so talented!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful college, great rewards! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Becky Sweetie...
A beautiful share today, as I have visited Branson many times in my life time. We used to go there before it became commercialized, when it was still a quaint small town. We would go over to Tablerock Lake and always made a trip into Branson. It was wonderful.

I have never heard of this wonderful college. How great that any student can go, and pay their own way as they do. Isn't that wonderful? It is so beautiful. Love the fireplace, and the chapel. Just breathtaking.

Thank you for taking me along this morning. I loved visiting this college.

I also want to thank for the comments on Rasha. We are missing her so much. I missed her bark these last couple of days, and wet nose nudges that she gave me every morning. She was such a big part of our lives. I still cannot believe she is gone. Thank you for the love and comfort sweet friend.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Mrs.Rabe said...

Our niece Shelly is a graduate of this college! It's wonderful.

I love the chapel...beautiful!

Deanna

Vickie said...

THat is an awesome college, Becky, with an even more awesome plan for the students. We should have more like it! The chapel is gorgeous- who wouldn't love to have their wedding there! HOpe you're having a great time!

Sherry@TheCheerfulNest said...

Howdy from a Lancaster neighbor! Marydon told me about you. Love your blog and please tell me where your candles are sold locally, they look really yummy! ~Sherry