New Community College Being Considered for Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - The Missouri Dept. of Economic Development is considering a proposal that would establish a new community college in Cape Girardeau.

Money has been earmarked for a study, but a spokesman says agency officials have not yet decided whether to conduct the study to assess the job training and post-secondary education needs of southeast Missouri.

State Senator Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau said House Bill 327, a wide-ranging economic development bill passed by the Legislature, would have authorized the study.   But Governor Matt Blunt vetoed the measure on Friday.

However, the state's higher education officials have said the expected the study would be conducted even it is hit with a veto by the governor.

A special session of the Legislature may be held to tackle the issue.

Cape Girardeau is already home to a 4-year college in Southeast Missouri State University.