DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) Dodge City officials say the Kansas town's recent economic growth is endangered by the lack of a four-year college.
The city anchors a 28-county region in western Kansas without a four-year college. In recent years, the city completed $86 million in renovations and expansions to its schools, an addition to the Boot Hill Museum, a new $12 million waterpark and several new businesses.
The Kansas News Service reports city officials believe the lack of a four-year college forces students to leave to pursue higher education. That, in turn, means many middle-class jobs such as teaching or health care go unfilled.
Joann Knight, head of economic development, says the city would welcome a satellite campus for universities based elsewhere that could build on the area's community college programs.
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3/16/2019 12:13:36 PM (GMT -5:00)