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Whatever Happened To Jefferson Farm & Gardens?


WhAT kiNd of dEgREE cAN i EARN AT BRYAN collEgE? as of this January, Columbia has even greater claim to the Collegetown, USa, moniker. Bryan College began its first session of classes here Jan. 3. Offerings at this aCICSaccredited school include Business administration, Business administration and Management, Criminal Justice, Medical administrative Specialist, Medical assistant, Medical Laboratory technician and Medical Office assistant. Students attend class just two days a week and complete much of the coursework online, an approach catering to nontraditional students. the college added evening programs in March. Classes start every five weeks, and for the first session, the college was at capacity with 30 students. First launched in Springfield, Mo., in 1982, Bryan College now has four campus locations: Columbia; Springfield; rogers, ark.; and topeka, Kan. Find out more at colleges/columbia-missouri.



InsIde ColumbIa’s CEO


spring 2011

Facing a funding drought, Jefferson Farm & gardens — once “expected to be one of the nation’s premier educational facilities of its type” — remains closed to the public three years after its original expected opening. “We took a hit a couple of years ago when funding went down,” says Jerry nelson, CEO and president of the board of directors, “but we’ve restructured, and we’re coming back.” grounds development began in 2006, and a press release from that time explains the goal was to “provide a year-round learning opportunity to explore contemporary Midwest farming and gardening practices.” although the farm has yet to open to the public on a regular basis, for the last three summers it has hosted school groups and offered agriculture workshops. at winter’s end, the board was still considering its offerings for 2011 and had no projected date for a grand opening.

WhAT kiNd of food do ThEY pRodUcE AT kRAfT foodS ANd QUAkER oATS? the Columbia Kraft Foods plant is “top dog”: the Waco road plant on Columbia’s north side produces most of Kraft’s Oscar Mayer hot dogs in varieties including original, Selects, all beef, turkey, light and more. the 12th largest employer here, Kraft estimates that in the plant’s 25 years of operation, it has made more than 25 billion hot dogs, and Kraft is doggone proud to report that the Columbia plant donates an average of 70,000 pounds of hot dogs annually to the Food Bank for Central and northeast Missouri. another north-side food factory is Columbia’s Quaker Oats. the plant on paris road is the “home of Quaker rice Cakes and Quakes” and is the 25th largest employer in the area. these snack foods are all that’s produced at the Columbia plant, and production can reach a rate of 13,000 rice cakes per minute — that’s nearly 19 million rice cakes per day, or enough for every Columbian to have a daily ration of 172 cakes!

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