The Lee’s Summit School District recently published an article about the benefits of the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) program. The article, featured in the February issue of the district’s “Our Schools” newsletter, can be found on the district’s website.
The MIC is a partnership between Metropolitan Community College, the University of Central Missouri, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and several business partners including St. Luke’s Health System, Cerner Corporation and DST. The program is held at the district’s Summit Technology Academy.
The MIC represents just one of several partnerships between Cerner and MCC. In 2010, Cerner invited MCC to collaborate on KCIT, a program that pairs community college students studying IT with Cerner internship opportunities.
“Cerner looked at the skill sets they needed, but could not find the talent to fill them,” said Cindy Herbert, computer science and information systems (CSIS) instructor at MCC-Longview.
Herbert helped modify the CSIS associate in applied science degree offered by MCC and aligned the coursework to address Cerner’s workforce needs, with a goal to achieve an 80 percent alignment with those needs. Karen Dexter, associate dean of instruction at MCC-Longview, 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 project.
The MIC extends the educational objective of KCIT to completion of a bachelor’s degree. After students complete the associate’s 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 Summit Technology Academy on the students’ associate’s degree completion, offering dual and articulated credit.