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UCM Represented at STEM Higher Education Council’s National Leaders Summit

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 7, 2014) – Representing the University of Central Missouri, Stan Elliott will join more than 80 business and higher education leaders across the nation when he attends the “Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy: A National Summit” Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Carnegie Institute for Science in Washington, D.C. This unprecedented gathering is being coordinated by the STEMconnector®’s STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) as a way to showcase high-impact cross-sector partnerships focused on improving the STEM ecosystem in higher education. The focus will be partnerships that lead to employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related fields.

Elliott serves as director of The Missouri Innovation Campus, an initiative that was launched between UCM, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College, and numerous businesses in fall 2012.  He will be joined at the Summit by Abby Ventrillo, who will represent DST, one of the many business partners involved in The MIC.

With a focus on STEM careers, The MIC makes it possible for students attending the Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit to pursue a four-year college degree beginning with their junior year of high school. By the time they earn their high school diploma they also will have completed an associate degree from MCC, and will be on track to finish their last two years of study at UCM. The program accelerates the time it takes for students to earn a bachelor’s degree while also giving them opportunities to gain applied experience through paid internships, gain highly sought-after skills for high-paying technology careers, and graduate with no debt.

According to a STEMconnector® press release announcing the Summit, SHEC is guided by its mission “to bring focused energy to higher education’s leading high-impact practices, increasing emphasis on STEM pipeline-to- jobs (what the council calls STEM 2.0™).”

“Higher education will need to aggressively align itself with the demand for STEM-skilled employees by creating a sustainable supply of high-qualified applicants. This is what we were created to do and we do not intend to disappoint either our business partners or our students,” said Rob Denison, president of Des Moines Area Community College, who also chairs the SHEC.

The morning keynote address at the Summit will be presented by Freeman Hrabowski, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and SHEC senior advisor. Other speakers include former Governor of Maine John McKernan, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Jim Clifton, chair and CEO of Gallup and author of “The Coming Jobs War.”  Also during the event will be several discussions featuring SHEC members and their partners. A book highlighting participating organizations, and summarizing successful industry collaborations and descriptions of scale-up initiatives also will be published in February 2015.

Although he will not be able to attend due to scheduling conflict, UCM President Charles Ambrose is a member of the SHEC.