Director of the Missouri Innovation Campus Program
Dr. Jeremy Bonnesen
Director/Principal of Summit Technology Academy at The Missouri Innovation Campus
Ms. Carrie Hardin
Assistant Principal of Summit Technology Academy at The Missouri Innovation Campus
MCC Media Relations
What is The Missouri Innovation Campus?
The Missouri Innovation Campus was designed through a collaborative effort of business partners, including the Lee's Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri and Metropolitan Community College. The goal of The MIC is to connect businesses with a highly trained workforce. The Missouri Innovation Campus also uses an accelerated model designed to reduce student debt and increase degree completion.
Why is The MIC an accelerated model?
Students begin the program their junior year of high school by not only taking courses required to graduate from high school, but also college credit courses that will position them to graduate from high school with an associate degree. The final two years will be focused on completing a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri.
This accelerated model is a four-year, year-round program that reduces degree completion time by two years while providing students a full, hands-on college education.
How is the Missouri Innovation Campus funded?
One of the greatest obstacles to college completion is student debt. The MIC seeks new ways to assist students through student employment paid internships, tuition forgiveness, grants, shared tuition and low interest loan programs. Reduced costs also exist by reducing the number of years for degree completion.
How do the Missouri Innovation Campus business partners benefit from this initiative?
The MIC benefits business partners by providing:
- Opportunities to shape curriculum.
- Self-motivated, high-achieving interns.
- Highly trained employees two years sooner.
- Employees with industry knowledge and years of experience.
What are the next steps for the Missouri Innovation Campus?
The MIC programming began in August 2012 with the Lee's Summit R-7 School District's Summit Technology Academy IT Essentials cohort. The second MIC program, implemented in August 2013, is the Engineering Technology cohort. Other career field curricula will be added in subsequent years.
How is tuition paid or reimbursed for students?
Tuition and books are free for the first cohort of IT students. However, if a student drops or fails a course, tuition for that course is the responsibility of that student and reimbursement to UCM will be required. Dual credit courses should be taken through MCC or UCM when possible. Those taken outside of MCC or UCM will be reimbursed through receipt and grade transcript. It is the student's responsibility to provide the program documentation to UCM for reimbursement. Future cohorts of the IT and other programs will receive tuition at a significantly reduced rate. This reduced rate is yet to be determined.
Who provides transportation for The MIC, including internships, at the respective business partners' companies?
Transportation for The MIC is the responsibility of the student or sending school district. Student hardships in this area should be addressed to the Director of the Summit Technology Academy and The MIC Project Facilitator.
Are students assured of a job through their internship with a MIC business partner?
A student intern is not guaranteed a job with the participating business partner but the on-the-job internship experience will certainly increase job placement opportunities.