MCC chancellor talks innovation, joins EDC Advocacy Council

MCC Chancellor Mark James talked education innovation at a recent symposium, and he’ll soon be joining conversations about local economic development.

MCC Chancellor Mark James
MCC Chancellor Mark James

James traveled to the University of Missouri in Columbia on June 15 to take part in “Learning to Learn: New Models in Higher Education and the Obstacles Facing our Universities.” At the symposium, sponsored by the Hawthorn Foundation, James was part of a panel discussion on collaborative partnerships such as the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit and the Northland CAPS program.

The Hawthorn Foundation is a public-private partnership that works with the Missouri governor and the state Department of Economic Development on initiatives of importance to growing the state’s economy, such as business retention, recruitment and expansion, marketing the state, tracking military installations and agencies in Missouri, and overseeing trade mission work.

Hawthorn is administering a $2 million grant to expand Missouri’s Innovation Campus partnerships and the competency-based learning models, all in an effort to keep tuition costs low while producing a workforce to serve today’s economy.  The grant supports seven programs at four universities: Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Truman State University and the University of Central Missouri.

The chancellor has also been asked by Mayor Sly James to be a member of the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation’s Advocacy Council.

EDC Advocacy Council ambassadors act as “the eyes and ears” for the EDC and the city. They are selected for their expertise in business, education, the arts, government or community service, a strong tie to economic development, and their critical role in the continued prosperity of Kansas City.