MCC in the news: Mo. Innovation Campus earns lots of local, national media coverage

President Barack Obama spoke to a sold-out crowd Wednesday in a nationally televised speech that touted the success of the Missouri Innovation Campus.
President Barack Obama spoke to a packed gymnasium last week in a nationally televised speech that touted the success of the Missouri Innovation Campus.

Any time the President of the United States comes to town, a media frenzy is sure to follow. The July 24 visit by Pres. Barack Obama to Warrensburg, Mo. was no exception.

The president’s visit to the University of Central Missouri on July 24 drew the attention of not only local and regional news outlets, but also the national press. And the program at the heart of his speech–the Missouri Innovation Campus–gained considerable visibility as a result.

Mo. Innovation Campus student Joey Nooner is one of a number of students who were interviewed by the media before, during and after the event. Nooner and his classmates had a private photo opp with Pres. Obama after the president's speech.
Mo. Innovation Campus student Joey Nooner is one of a number of students who were interviewed by the media before, during and after the event. Nooner and his classmates had a private photo opp with Pres. Obama after the president’s speech.

The Missouri Innovation Campus is an accelerated college curriculum program initiated by the University of Central Missouri and developed in partnership with Metropolitan Community College, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and several industry-leading business partners. President Obama highlighted the Innovation Campus as an example of effective, innovative business/higher education partnerships that are preparing students for in-demand jobs without sending them into a tailspin of debt.

A compilation of the media coverage from the president’s visit to Warrensburg follows (note: some online content is accessible only to subscribers to the respective news outlets):

 

National print publications

  1. The Chronicle of Higher Education (article also distributed by Lumina Foundation in Daily Lumina News)
  2. Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  3. San Francisco Chronicle

Local, regional and state print publications

  1. The Kansas City Star  (and this preview article and this follow-up article and this editorial)
  2. The Kansas City Business Journal
  3. Lee’s Summit Journal (and this preview article and this informational post
  4. Lee’s Summit Tribune (and this preview article and this student-focused article and this follow-up article)   
  5. Daily Star-Journal (and this article and this article and this article and this editorial)  
  6. Columbia Missourian (and this photo gallery and this follow-up article)  
  7. The Examiner 
  8. Cass County Democrat Missourian
  9. The Kearney Courier
  10. St. Joseph News-Press
  11. Springfield News-Leader
  12. Riverfront Times
  13. The Wichita Eagle
  14. News Tribune
  15. DigitalBurg
  16. The Missouri Times
  17. PoliticMo
  18. Joplin Globe
  19. The Call
  20. Perryville News
  21. The Maneater (student publication at Univeristy of Missouri)

Television

  1. CNN
  2. KCTV 5 (and this preview story and this team coverage and this raw video of the president’s speech
  3. KMBC 9 (and this preview story, as well as two additional segments featuring interviews with MIC student Armaja LaRue-Hill and MCC Chancellor Mark James, respectively) 
  4. FOX 4 (and this preview story)
  5. KSHB 41 (and this preview story, as well as an additional segment featuring an interview with MCC Chancellor Mark James)
  6. KSDK (St. Louis)
  7. KFVS (southern Mo.)
  8. WGEM (eastern Mo.)

Radio

  1. KCUR 89.3 (and this extended feature on KC Currents)  
  2. KMBZ 98.1
  3. KBIA 91.3 (central Mo.)
  4. KSIS 1050 (central Mo.)

Social and digital media

  1. Missouri Community College Association newsroom
  2. Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce “Good News”
  3. Cerner blog
  4. 20 Pounds of Headlines blog
  5. MCC’s Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Linkedin

Miscellaneous coverage

  1. Communiques from Gov. Jay Nixon’s office
  2. Communique from Exergonix (MIC business partner)
  3. Show Me Progress photo gallery

Additional local and regional coverage was printed and broadcast but is not available on the web.

Many thanks to the University of Central Missouri for their hospitality as host of President Obama’s visit, and to the UCM team, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District team and the Missouri Innovation Campus business partners for their collaboration on the event and on the arrangements for media coverage. A special thank-you to the Missouri Innovation Campus students for…well, for simply being awesome.

To see a transcript of President Obama’s speech, click here.