Tarkio College Reborn

1 decade 9 months 1 week ago June 10, 2006 Jun 10, 2006 Saturday, June 10 2006 Saturday, June 10, 2006 3:41:05 PM CDT in News
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TARKIO (AP) - The campus of a northwest Missouri college that closed back in 1991 is getting new life. A Florida oil executive says he plans to transform the old Tarkio College campus into a science-focused private college that will open in the fall of next year. Talking about his plans yesterday outside Ranken Hall on the campus, Meek said he's ready to assume a new role as CEO of the Midwestern Institute of Energy. He's hoping for peak enrollment of 300. Meek told about 60 Tarkio residents and county officials that one of his goals is to promote research to find solutions to the energy crisis. Students will be able to earn bachelor of science degrees after fulfilling two years of general education requirements and two years of coursework in physical science, fuel-cell technology, petroleum geology and alternative energy, he said. Tuition, room and board will cost $33,000 a year. After Tarkio went bankrupt and shut its doors, a company from Maryland turned the facility into a home for juvenile offenders in 1994, but that Tarkio Academy operation closed ten years later. Earlier this year, North Central Missouri College in Trenton and Linn State College briefly considered starting a robotics program on the old Tarkio campus, but those plans didn't move forward.

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