The Missouri Partnership is a public-private economic development partnership and a top economic development organization in the US

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Missouri has talent. Lots of it.

With more than 3 million educated workers, Missouri has a greater talent pool than 20 other states, including most of its neighbors, with available and trained talent in our key sectors, including advanced manufacturing, AgTech and logistics. And it’s not just a quantitative thing. Missouri’s workers have a higher level of educational attainment than the national norm, many having studied at one or more of the state’s nearly 140 post-secondary degree-granting institutions. Educational partnerships and customizable workforce training programs bolster what is already a key asset for growing businesses. Missouri  is also home to many certified work-ready communities.

That covers quality and quantity. But there’s more. Missouri’s labor force works for more than 8 percent less than the U.S. average (BLS, 2015), supporting one of the nation’s most diverse economies.

Missouri schools capitalize on that talent.

Secondary education

  • Missouri’s high school graduation rate is 87.3 percent, exceeding the national average of 82.3 percent (National Center for Education Statistics, 2014).
  • Missouri students consistently score higher than the national average on both the ACT and the SAT.
  • Three Missouri high schools received gold medals from U.S. News and World Report (2015). 
    • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Ranked 67th nationally
    • Clayton High School, Ranked 124th Nationally
    • Kirkwood High School, Ranked 390th Nationally

Post-secondary education

  • Washington University in St. Louis ranks 15th overall; its School of Medicine is ranked 6th in the U.S. (U.S. News and World Report, 2016). 
  • The Missouri University of Science and Technology was ranked among the Top 10 Engineering Schools in the U.S. by USA Today.
  • Truman State University in Kirksville has garnered tremendous public recognition, including Best Value in Public Colleges (Kiplinger, 2014) and 2nd Best Master’s University (Washington Monthly, 2015).
  • Four Missouri regional universities rank among the top 30 in the Midwest (U.S. News and World Report, 2016):
    • Truman University ranked 8th (tied)
    • Drury University ranked 11th
    • Rockhurst University ranked 18th (tied)
    • Webster University ranked 26th (tied)
  • Two Missouri regional colleges rank among the top 30  in the Midwest (U.S. News and World Report, 2016):
    • College of the Ozarks ranked 4th
    • Stephens College ranked 29th (tied)

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