President Barack Obama leaves after speaking at University of Central Missouri July 24, 2013 in Missouri. Obama traveled to Illinois and Missouri to speak about the economy. (Photo credit BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - President Barack Obama is praising a Missouri program that fast-tracks students to low-cost college degrees as a model for the nation.
Obama spoke Wednesday at the University of Central Missouri. The Warrensburg school is a partner with Metropolitan Community College and the Lee's Summit School District in a program known as the "Missouri Innovation Campus."
The initiative allows high school students to start earning college credits and then graduate with a bachelor's degree after just two years at the university. The program also pairs students with business internships with the goal of graduating debt-free.
Obama said the program "is exactly the kind of innovation we need when it comes to college costs."
About 2,000 people attended Obama's speech, which focused on his economic initiatives.
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