Gov. Greitens talks 'adult high schools' in visit to Kansas City - KCTV5

Gov. Greitens talks 'adult high schools' in visit to Kansas City

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Gov. Greitens reveals 'adult high schools' could be key to improving Missourians' lives. (AP File Photo) Gov. Greitens reveals 'adult high schools' could be key to improving Missourians' lives. (AP File Photo)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Governor Eric Greitens wants people to know that Missouri is getting back to work, and it starts in the classroom.

“Missourians are hardworking people, and they want and deserve to have good, quality jobs,” the governor stated at his event at JPI Glass in Kansas City, MO.

His “adult high schools,” are aimed at helping the more than 500 thousand people in the state without a high school diploma.

Graduates could then move on to technical programs or community college to help grow areas of the state workforce that need more people, such as industrial jobs.

“All of those things are going to create a sustainable way for us to create a thriving economy here in the state of Missouri, and that is what we’re focused on delivering,” Greitens said.

There will be four of these schools, and none of them will be in the Kansas City Metro Area.

Even after slashing more than 80 million from higher education at the beginning of his term, Greitens still believes adults will be able to find the programs they are looking for at Missouri colleges.

“We are going to do everything we can to make sure we are expanding opportunities for the people of the state of Missouri. That includes technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year universities,” he assured.

Within the last 10 days, Greitens nixed funding for a performing arts conservatory at UMKC. The school must now find the money in private funding.

“When you’re dealing with tough budget decisions, you have to make choices and I was proud to make this choice,” Greitens explained.

The governor also recently signed a bill that slashed the minimum wage in St. Louis from $10 to $7.70, which could have an impact here in Kansas City.

A vote to raise the minimum wage in the city is set for August 8, but Greitens said it had to be done to save jobs in the state.

“We need to do things that are going to help people and get results for them,” he reasoned.

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