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Honorable Casey Guernsey

Missouri House of Representatives – District 002
College of the Ozarks

“The College of the Ozarks was and always will be the best thing that ever happened to me. Any successes I enjoy, I attribute to the opportunities, education and influences afforded me by the College of the Ozarks.

I contend that a person’s college years are their most formative. Because I was so blessed to receive my higher education at a college that places a premium on work ethic, biblically-based morality, individual character and service to mankind, I face the rest of my life with what society considers to be an entirely different outlook. My friendships from college will be lifelong and positive influences. The core values of C of O are without question my own core values. College of the Ozarks produces real leaders for today’s society.”



There are currently ten federally recognized Work Colleges, and nine are members of the Work Colleges Consortium. These institutions are small, private, liberal arts colleges with modest enrollments that range from about 150 to approximately 1,600 students. Each school is unique and operates the work program in a slightly different fashion. However, “work-learning-service” is a central component of each Work College. Student work, coupled with robust academics and a spirit of service, is the common denominator shared by all the Work Colleges.

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