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
What a way to preserve history.
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
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.