U.S. senator visits Missouri Innovation Campus

On the heels of a national summit in Kansas City last week that focused on the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) and similar programs at MCC and other area institutions, the MIC has again caught the attention of a national leader.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R, Mo.) on Tuesday stopped by the MIC, located at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit, Mo., for a tour and to talk with students and MIC administrators about the program.

Sen. Blunt’s visit comes less than a week after the National Convening on Higher Education Innovation, where prominent education, corporate and public policy leaders discussed an actionable plan for taking the MIC model to scale, as well as replicating other innovative programs at MCC, the University of Central Missouri and other colleges, universities and school districts.

The Missouri Innovation Campus is an accelerated higher education program for high school students that is produced by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, MCC and UCM, in collaboration with several industry-leading employer partners. The program first earned national attention in July when Pres. Barack Obama praised the MIC in a nationally televised speech during a visit to Warrensburg, Mo.

Sen. Blunt plans to return to MCC in early 2014 for a visit to MCC-Business & Technology to learn about additional innovations and collaborations MCC is pioneering with other school districts and industries.

“Senator Blunt is very interested in crafting some federal incentives for these kinds of programs,” said MCC Chancellor Mark James, who co-hosted Sen. Blunt’s MIC tour along with David McGehee, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District superintendent, and Kirk Nooks, MCC-Longview president.