The Missouri Innovation Campus, located in Lee’s Summit, was featured in a new book released during February. “Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy” includes a chapter dedicated to the Missouri Innovation Campus, a partnership operated by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and Metropolitan Community College (MCC) with high involvement from industry-leading business.
The new book, released by STEMconnector on Feb. 18, focuses on the employer-driven partnerships demanded by 21st century STEM (science technology engineering math) education and workforce development. The publication includes 62 education, business and non-profit leaders sharing proven models that support the necessary STEM education and workforce development revolution, according to publishers.
The book is available on Amazon.com and in bookstores nationwide.
The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) is located within the R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy, which prepares high-school students for college and high-demand careers. Since beginning in fall 2012, the program has been recognized nationally for accelerating the time it takes students to graduate from college while dramatically reducing the cost of a college degree.
MIC students earn their associate degree just after high-school graduation, receiving their bachelor’s degree two years later – all while participating in high-tech paid internships. Currently, the MIC includes approximately 55 students in three programs — systems engineering technology, engineering technology/design and drafting, and computer science – software development.
The Missouri Innovation Campus, as well as Summit Technology Academy, are continuing to grow in both enrollment and in the number of programs offered. To address this growth, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the University of Central Missouri have worked together to develop a plan designed to save money for taxpayers while creating a school designed specifically for the needs of all students. A new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus facility is included on the R-7 School District’s April 7 no-tax-increase bond issue. The facility would be owned solely by the R-7 School District with UCM paying approximately 60 percent of the cost through a lease agreement.
To learn more about the no-tax-increase bond issue, including both the new STA / MIC facility as well as other Lee’s Summit R-7 school improvements, visit the district’s website at www.lsr7.org.
Students at the Missouri Innovation Campus are able to earn a high-demand college degree at an accelerated pace – at virtually no cost to the students and their families.