Officials with Missouri Southern State University and Missouri’s Technology Student Association (TSA) will sign a contract on Thursday, Dec. 6, that will solidify MSSU being the host site for next year’s TSA State Conference. The signing will take place at 10 a.m. in room 356 of the Billingsly Student Center.

The TSA State Conference will be held on April 14-16, and is expected to bring over 800 middle and high school teachers and students to campus.

“We have been involved with TSA since 2013,” said Dr. Elke Howe, MSSU Chair of Engineering Technology. “We’ve hosted the regional conference on campus, and are very excited and honored to have the opportunity to host the state conference in 2019.”

Students will take part in more than 60 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related competitions – including leadership, communication, bio, medical, programming and robotics and multimedia events.

The Technology Student Association is recognized as the Career and Technology Student Association exclusively dedicated to students interested in STEM fields. TSA allows students to demonstrate and expand their high tech knowledge and skills. It also offers students opportunities to participate in leadership activities that will prepare them for the high tech, science or engineering workplace.