Missouri's community colleges have a new tuition agreement with an online university.
The Missouri version of Western Governors University has agreed to provide a 5 percent tuition discount for community college graduates who take its online courses.
The Missouri Community College Association says the deal with WGU is the first such statewide agreement that the association has signed on behalf of its members. Community college graduates also will be eligible for special scholarships from the online school.
More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.
Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that's a 3 percent increase from the previous year.