Three graduates from the Missouri Innovation Campus are featured in videos recently produced by the University of Central Missouri. The videos focus on the program’s advantages for students and employers and include interviews of Cerner and DST staff members as well as the three 2016 Missouri Innovation Campus graduates. All three videos may be viewed on Lee’s Summit R-7 School District YouTube.
Students featured in the videos are Jamison Guilford, who interned at Cerner; Joseph Nooner, who also interned at Cerner; and Quinn Cosgrove, who interned at DST. Each video tells the story of the student’s journey through the nationally recognized four-year program including a focus on the three-year internships from the students’ and the employers’ perspectives. The students featured in the videos are currently full-time employees of the companies in which they interned.
During May 2016, the first Missouri Innovation Campus cohort — a total of 11 students — received their bachelor’s degrees in systems engineering technology from the University of Central Missouri. Students enter the program between their high-school sophomore and junior years and participate in three-year paid internships. The participants earn their associate degrees from Metropolitan Community College soon after high-school graduation, earning their bachelor’s degrees just two years after leaving high school.
Students featured in the videos are also alumni of Summit Technology Academy, operated by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Summit Tech is a unique secondary school designed to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The Missouri Innovation Campus is a partnership involving the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri and Metropolitan Community College. Also critical to the program’s success are the approximately 40 business partners participating in the high-tech internship program.
The program has been recognized at the regional and national level for reshaping the way students experience high-school and college education. By engaging business partners and community organizations, the Missouri Innovation Campus is able to accelerate the time it takes students to earn high-demand college degrees. They also graduate from college with little or no debt.