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Drury to launch satellite campus near KC

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Drury University has a new satellite campus in the works.

The Springfield-based higher education institution set a March 15 opening date for its new Drury GO location in Harrisonville, according to a news release. The city is roughly 37 miles southeast of Kansas City.

“Residents of Cass County have worked for several years to bring higher education to the area, and we’re thrilled Drury can fill that need,” Drury President Tim Cloyd said in the release. “Students of the Harrisonville campus will receive a quality education along with intangible growth opportunities that come with the liberal arts learning experience.”

Longtime Cass County resident Jeanette Flanner, who recently retired as director of the Cass Career Center, where she worked 18 years bringing educational opportunities to area residents, was selected to serve as regional director for the new Drury campus.

“It’s really about providing the community with these opportunities no matter where they are in their stage of life. It’s not just for high school kids about to graduate; it’s about every adult having the opportunity now right in front of them here in Cass County,” Flanner said in the release.

The Harrisonville campus will launch next month with organizational leadership, intro to law and other classes, and offerings are slated to be expanded in the fall.

The university also operates Drury GO campuses in Ava, Fort Leonard Wood, Houston, Lamar, Monett, Rolla and St. Robert, as well as a location in Farmington, Arkansas, said Jasmine Bailey, director of university communications and media relations. Drury GO, or Global Online, is the university's evening and online program.

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