The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) is a partnership between Metropolitan Community College (MCC), the University of Central Missouri (UCM), the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and several Kansas City area business partners including St. Luke’s Health Systems, Cerner Corporation and DST.
The Lee’s Summit School District recently reported about the benefit to students who participate in the program at the district’s Summit Technology Academy (STA). The article, which was featured in the February issue of “Our Schools,” can be found on the district’s website.
MCC’s history with Cerner goes back further than the MIC, though. According to Cindy Herbert, computer science and information systems (CSIS) instructor at MCC-Longview, Cerner came to MCC in 2010 and requested collaboration with their KCIT program. “Cerner looked at the skill sets they needed, but could not find the talent to fill them,” says Herbert. She helped modify the CSIS associate of applied science degree offered by MCC and aligned the coursework to address Cerner’s technology needs. The goal was to achieve an 80 percent alignment with those needs.
Karen Dexter, associate dean of instruction, works with Herbert and other MCC faculty and staff to maintain the curriculum alignment. Matt Heck, academic advisor and Diana Grahn, humanities division chair, have also been involved in the process, according to Dexter.
The MIC extends the educational objective of KCIT to completion of a bachelor’s degree. After students complete the associate degree portion of the program by the summer after their senior year of high school, they can transfer to UCM to complete coursework toward a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering technology. MCC is collaborating with STA on the students’ associate degree completion, offering dual and articulated credit.