What is The Missouri Innovation Campus Program?
The Missouri Innovation Campus was designed through a collaborative effort of business
partners, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College, and
the University of Central Missouri. The goals of The MIC are to connect businesses
to a trained workforce that has specific skill sets, make students competitive in
the marketplace and reduce training costs. The Missouri Innovation Campus also uses
an accelerated model designed to reduce student debt and increase retention and degree
What is innovative about The MIC programming?
This training initiative is rigorous, relevant and can be used with all of the Missouri
Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth target clusters that include advanced manufacturing,
energy solutions, bio sciences, health sciences and services, and information technology.
The instructional program is delivered by instructors who use inquiry, team building,
real-world problem solving and hands-on activities to assess both the hard and soft
skills required by business partners and their industries. Enriching this instruction
are several internships — beginning in the summer after the student’s junior year
of high school — where business partners can observe and assess the students’ abilities
in real-life activities within the company throughout two to three years.
Why is The MIC program an accelerated model?
Students begin the program their junior year of high school by taking not only courses
required to graduate from high school, but also college credit courses that will position
students to graduate from MCC with an Associate degree in 3 of the 5 MIC programs
soon after high school graduation. 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
by two years for students finishing their coursework on time as identified by their
How do The Missouri Innovation Campus business partners benefit from this initiative?
The MIC business partners benefit by hiring trained employees with specific skill
sets and competencies aligned to the needs of the individual company. These skills
and competencies have been assessed in multiple real-world settings through classroom
instruction and on-the-job internships. Through the internship experience, business
partners are able to interact with students, shape their skills and see if individual
students would be a good fit for their company, reducing training and hiring costs.
How can my company become a Missouri Innovation Campus business partner?
Business partners are a critical component of The MIC and make the experience unique
for MIC students. If you are interested in becoming an MIC business partner, you can
contribute in two ways:
- Assist in the development and review of curriculum in your company’s program of interest.
- Provide internships for MIC students in your program of choice.
Please contact Stan Elliott, MIC Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 660-543-8256 for more information on becoming a valued MIC business partner.
What degree programs are offered through The Missouri Innovation Campus?
- IT Essentials/Systems Engineering Technology
- Digital Electronics/Engineering Technology/Design and Drafting
- Software Development/Computer Science
- Software Engineering (Summer, 2019)
What are the admissions requirements for The Missouri Innovation Campus programs?
Once accepted into the program, apply for admission to Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri.
- Maintain good attendance in high school (95 percent overall) and good grades (3.0
GPA, unweighted), and complete prerequisite coursework. For specific course requirements,
visit the Summit Technology Academy's website.
- Score into college-level courses on the ACT or the ACCUPLACER placement test.
- See your high school guidance counselor to obtain and submit a Summit Technology Academy
- Complete and submit an eligibility approval form and a student agreement form.
How is tuition for The Missouri Innovation Campus students funded?
One of the greatest obstacles to college completion is student debt. MIC students
will receive their first two years in the program tuition-free, but they will be responsible
for their textbooks and instructional materials. Additionally, The MIC works with
students to seek new ways to assist students through student internships, tuition
forgiveness, grants, shared tuition, department and institutional scholarships, and
low-interest loan programs to obtain their bachelor’s degree free of student debt.
Dual credit courses should be taken through MCC or UCM where possible. Those taken
outside MCC or UCM will be reimbursed through receipt and grade transcript at the
MCC dual credit tuition rate. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the program
documentation to UCM for reimbursement. If a student drops or fails to obtain the
required grade for a course, tuition for that course is the responsibility of that
student and reimbursement to UCM will be required.
Who provides transportation for The MIC, including internships, at the respective
business partners companies?
Transportation for The MIC program 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 director of The MIC.
How do MIC students acquire internships?
The MIC internship coordinator will coordinate the interview process for internships
with the students and business partners. Students will interview at various times
with the business partners before the summer at the end of their junior year and must
have secured an internship to remain in The MIC program before starting their senior
year in high school.
When do MIC students begin their internships?
Students begin their internship experience the summer after their junior year of high
school with a paid, eight-week, 40-hours-per-week internship. This internship will
occur each summer, as well as two days a week during the fall and spring semesters
until graduation from UCM.
Are MIC 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 increase job placement opportunities.