2017, Route 66 Journey

07.18.17 College of the Ozarks – Hard Work U – What’s it about?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – We usually get out the day after arriving in an area to see what there is to do and see! Monday we drove around Branson, Missouri with a short list of places to check out. We usually discover before we arrive in an area the attractions we want to check out. College of the Ozarks was not anywhere on our radar, but we both loved it (especially the homemade ice cream) and would recommend it as a must see place on your itinerary when in Branson, Missouri!

We started out at Branson Hobby Center where Roy picked up a couple of things he needed for his remote control plane. We left a painted rock there when we arrived! The hobby center is not in Branson but is in neighboring Hollister, MO.

I found the perfect place to leave one of my painted rocks! Sure hope it makes someone SMILE!!

Also in Hollister, MO is an amazing college called College of the Ozarks which I want to share with you all. It is also known as Hard Work U. This is a most unusual college. Their description from their website says it all:

Christian values and character, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U” experience. At a time when there is much talk about what is wrong with the nation, College of the Ozarks exemplifies what is right with America.

C of O is committed to its founding mission of providing a quality, Christian education to those who are found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to obtain such an education. Instead of paying tuition, all full-time students work campus jobs to defray the cost of education. Upon complete participation in the Work Education Program, the College guarantees to meet the entire cost of education for students, allowing them the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The College openly discourages debt by not participating in any federal, state, or private loan programs and leads by example through having no institutional debt of any kind.

In case you read through that quickly and didn’t catch the main point, it is: Students do not pay tuition. They all work on campus to help defray their expenses.

These students make things to sell and provide services. Making things like: fruit cakes that looked delicious, jellies and jams, daily making homemade ice cream which we enjoyed and was delicious. They grow huge amounts of vegetables and raise cattle and hogs for milk and meat. All of this is served in the on campus restaurant which is prepared and served by students learning cooking. Students do all of the landscaping and maintenance. The College of the Ozarks has developed a series of unique attractions that not only draw in visitors and revenue, but also provide plenty of positions that students are able to fill, many of which embrace a back-to-the-land, farm-to-table, or historical aesthetic. There are also students serving art gallery assistant or a variety of positions in construction (from electricity to heating and air to painting).

As we drove through the campus we saw students working all over the place. The landscaping was meticulously perfect and students were seen planting flowers, pulling weeds, irrigating, and watering in groups. We went into two buildings and all we saw were students working. We have student workers at Southeastern but it is no way like a student worker at College of the Ozarks.

I do not know the guidelines they use for determining which students can go there and which cannot. To learn more about this absolutely awesome academic opportunity check out their website: https://www.cofo.edu/

I’ve found so much information about this unusual college that I couldn’t possibly share it all here. I did find two articles that cover most of it and here are the two links.

Hard Work U: College of the Ozarks, Part One

Hard Work U: College of the Ozarks, Part Two

Visitors are invited to visit this campus and the many public attractions there. The two buildings we went through were the Ralph Museum and the Keeter Center.

I’ll write next about what we saw there, I just wanted to introduce you to this quite unusual and beautiful College we discovered!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!



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