College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, is unique in that students do not pay tuition. Instead, they each work 15 hours a week at a specific job on campus. If they need help paying room and board, they can work during the summer months to earn that.
The campus is stunning and all the students we met were outgoing and polite. The building behind this pond is the cafeteria. One of the campus jobs is cooking the meals. I don’t know how much supervision is involved, but at other places we saw, mostly students doing the work and running the place.
This is a Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica). Actually, there is a controversy brewing about this plant right now. It is obviously not native and could have a fungus growing on it that is harmful to the Monarch Butterfly. Since this is the only plant where Monarchs lay their eggs and is the only food source for their caterpillars, there is concern about this. Research is continuing, and the opposing opinions are strong.
In other buildings they make stained glass, jams and jellies, and fruitcakes. All these employ students to cover their tuition. At the entrance to the campus, visitors check in, where a student gives them information about the school and how it all works.
One of the amazing things to us was how many visitors this campus draws. So there are plenty of customers for their products.
Students in the Horticulture department were having a plant sale, featuring Crysanthemums, Celosias, what looks like Cattail pond plants, and whatever the tall tropical plants with the big leaves are. Some of the greenhouses were open. In one, they were selling succulents. I asked one student if her major was horticulture. She said no, but she grew up on a farm, loved plants, and wanted to work in the greenhouses. So I guess students get some choices about their jobs.
“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” Henry Ford