Several months after confirming the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is staying in St. Louis, the agency announced a $12 million contract to the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus to train NGA employees.
The five-year contract to Mizzou’s engineering school — the largest contract in the College of Engineering’s history — is aimed at data science and “key education and training needs identified by NGA.”
Curt Davis, director of the engineering school’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence, said the process of acquiring the contract started more than a year ago. The NGA anticipates 1,800 working students in St. Louis and Washington participating in the graduate certificate program. Davis expects them to span from early career and beyond.
NGA employees will be paid for their time in these classes, Davis said. Beginning courses will likely be self-paced and online, with more advanced classes taught in person. Professors from Mizzou will teach the classes in St. Louis, but the university has contracted for teachers in Washington. Davis said Mizzou professors will travel to D.C. as needed.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to break ground on the federal intelligence agency’s $1.75 billion campus in mid-2017.
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