May 16th, 2012
While in the Branson area I visited the College of the Ozarks. This is a four year fully-accredited college. The school was established for students of both sexes who are academically capable but financially unable to enter a public or private college. Each full-time student works at one of 80 campus jobs. The remaining portion of the student’s expenses are made up of scholarships provided by gifts and contributions by donors. The college has a beautiful lodge were some of the students work. Hotel management is one of the areas of study. Other students work at the grist mill that sells fresh ground cornmeal and whole ground grain to the public. There are agricultural jobs and jobs selling fresh canned jams and jellies to the public. During harvest times students sell fresh vegetables. No graduating student leaves the college owing any money to the school.
And for you birders it’s a great place to bird watch. The campus has several water features. www.cofo.edu
Here are a few photos from around the campus.
|Keeter Center and Mabee Lodge - College of the Ozarks|
|Keeter Center and Mabee Lodge at the College of the Ozarks|
|Water Wheel at the Edwards Grist Mill at College of the Ozarks|
|Edwards Grist Mill - College of the Ozarks|
|Flower Garden - College of the Ozarks|
|Williams Memorial Chapel - College of the Ozarks|
|School Truck at the Tractor Museum - College of the Ozarks|
|John Deere Tractor in the Tractor Museum - College of the Ozarks|