Partners involved with the Missouri Innovation Campus celebrate success

MIC Lunch (4)-11Partners of the Missouri Innovation Campus  recently gathered to discuss the success and the strong collaboration during am   appreciation luncheon hosted by Kauffman Foundation.

Cindy Herbert, Cindy Latta and Matthew Heck proudly represented MCC-Longview along with Chancellor Mark James.

This is the third year Metropolitan Community College has been a part of the Missouri Innovation Campus.

Thanks to the unique collaborative effort involving the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri (UCM), Metropolitan Community College (MCC) and a number of business partners, area students are receiving the opportunity of a lifetime. Through the Missouri Innovation Campus, located at the R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy, high-school juniors get the opportunity to participate in a rigorous, accelerated program that prepares them for high-demand careers and reduces their higher-education costs to almost nothing.

Students enroll in their junior year of high school and take classes at Summit Tech. Upon graduation from high school, students will also have associate degrees from MCC-Longview. They can then complete their final two years of study at UCM.The business partners offer paid internships along the way.The arrangement allows students to obtain a bachelor’s degree only two years after graduating from high school. It’s been seen as a way to reduce the cost of higher education and enable students to graduate debt-free.The MIC currently offers three paths: systems engineering technology; engineering technology/design and drafting; and computer science/software development.The program is also open to students outside of the R-7 School District.The program has earned accolades from the President Barack Obama, who visited in July of 2013 and touted the effectiveness.”Not only are you graduating debt-free, but you also know you have a job waiting for you at the other end. Now, that is exactly the kind of innovation we need when it comes to college costs. That’s what’s happening right here in Warrensburg, and I want the entire country to notice it, and I want other colleges to take a look at what’s being done here.” – Barack Obama on The Missouri Innovation Campus at UCMPartners, including Kirk Nooks, president of MCC-Longview, were among a group that traveled to Washington, D.C. in 2014 to meet with U.S. Department of Education officials including Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell during the White House College Opportunity Summit.“Metropolitan Community College students are benefiting from the Missouri Innovation Campus and seeing great success,” James said. “As a college, we value that partnership.”

Interested students:
  • Meet the minimum requirements for MIC programs – 3.0 unweighted GPA and 95% attendance and appropriate ACT (18 or higher) OR appropriate COMPASS score (must not place in remedial courses)
  • Meet the minimum requirements for the appropriate programs at Summit Technology Academy
  • Commit to providing own transportation to internship sites
  • Commit to completing high school graduation requirements except for 4th English credit and elective credit prior to senior year
  • Apply to attend Summit Technology Academy
  • Attend MIC meeting with parents in spring semester of sophomore year – in March 2016 at UCM Lee’s Summit Campus

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