FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT MISTY YOUNG
October 9, 2014
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY AND JEFFERSON CITY HIGH SCHOOL JOIN FORCES ON MILITARY LEADERSHIP COURSE
Jefferson City, MO- In a press conference earlier today, Lincoln University and Jefferson City High School officials signed an official Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on a course designed to offer students a glimpse into military life. The Military Leadership Class is offered to junior and senior high school students. The two-month long course, which began on August 14 with the start of the Jefferson City Public SchoolsÃ¢ÂÂ year, will end on October 14. The pilot program is in response to the prohibitive cost of Jefferson City High School offering a Junior ROTC program. The cost of such a program is in excess of nearly $100,000 a year.
There are currently 22 students enrolled in the class, which meets at Jefferson City High School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at Lincoln University on Tuesday and Thursday. The course is taught by LTC Ray Ferguson, Lincoln University Professor of Military Science; CPT Terence Staples, Lincoln University Assistant Professor of Military Science; MSG Daniel Murray, Lincoln University Senior Military Science Instructor; and National Guard Captain and Jefferson City High School teacher Charlie Ledgerwood. Class topics include military customs; army leadership; time and stress management; marksmanship (with paintball guns); as well as health and fitness. Students will earn one hour of college credit upon completion of the course.
Ã¢ÂÂOur goal from this is to make them feel comfortable with college life so they will continue their education,Ã¢ÂÂ says Ferguson. Ã¢ÂÂWe answer any questions they may have as far as the military and ROTC. Most importantly, we teach them how to be leaders in any capacity.Ã¢ÂÂ
Lincoln University President Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr. says the new partnership draws upon the institutionÃ¢ÂÂs history.
Ã¢ÂÂThe ROTC program is an integral part of our university, particularly as we consider that our founders were veterans of the Civil War. Our founders believed in education for those who sought it and this partnership came about because these students and those who will come after them wanted it,Ã¢ÂÂ adds Rome.
Students enrolled in the course will also be invited to participate in Lincoln University ROTC activities including Blue Tiger Open House, Homecoming events and the push-up squad at home Blue Tiger football games.