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The Students of The MIC

Raytown Student Charts Innovative Path to UCM

Missouri Innovation Campus students, Joey Nooner, left, Lee's Summit West, and Armaja LaRue-Hill, Raytown South, expect to earn a UCM degree within two years after completing high school.

While pursuing a career that incorporates her favorite subjects, math and science, Raytown South High School junior Armaja LaRue-Hill has already charted a path to graduate from UCM. What's more, she will complete a bachelor's degree in systems engineering technology in only two years after her high school graduation, and will do so with little or no college debt.

LaRue-Hill has the opportunity of a lifetime as a student at the Missouri Innovation Campus, located in the Lee's Summit R-7 School District's Summit Technology Academy. This rigorous, accelerated program prepares students for high-demand careers in technology through internships, hands-on training and coursework needed for tomorrow's workforce. UCM, the school district and academy, Metropolitan Community College, and numerous business partners make this program possible.

LaRue-Hill says she has "already learned valuable job skills, including maintaining a professional attitude and troubleshooting problems that occur" in the information technology arena.

By 2014, the semester after her high school graduation, she will have earned an associate degree from MCC and be ready to continue her studies at UCM. By adding an experiential learning environment in her education at companies such as Cerner, DST and Saint Luke's Health Systems, she will truly experience learning to a greater degree.

"I pursued MIC because it sounded like a great opportunity," LaRue-Hill said, but she noted in retrospect, "MIC chose me."


"Being a part of the first cohort of MIC means that I, as well as the other students have set the bar for years to come. The experience you get from MIC is unlike any other."

- Maximillian O., MIC student and DST Systems intern

"It is the beginning of what I believe will blossom into a huge program, providing great opportunities for teenagers and businesses in the future."

Nathan H., MIC student and Cerner intern

"The MIC program means a lot to me. I love the innovative learning environment that gets me on the job experience while taking college courses."

-Trevor B., MIC student and Cerner intern