By Janice Phelan,
May 15, 2023
Ainsley Lewis, a May 2023 graduate of the University of Central Missouri, recommends
UCM’s Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) program based on the unique opportunities it
provides to participants including an accelerated bachelor’s degree.
“I liked how fast paced the program was,” said Lewis, who has a bachelor’s degree
in drafting and design technology. “I only had to take two more years of schooling
after high school, plus with the added internship I already had accepted my full time
offer for when I would graduate the year prior.”
A 2021 Center High School graduate, Lewis served as a MIC program intern at Black
and Veatch from summer 2020 through spring 2023.
“During my internship I was a power engineering technician working on substation design
and drafting,” she shared. “When I transition into full time I will be going into
a civil engineering tech role working on solar fields.”
The MIC program has been recognized at the regional and national level for reshaping
the way students experience education and innovation. A partnership between UCM, the
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and close to 70 leading
businesses, the MIC program provides motivated students with career-ready skills while
connecting businesses to a highly trained workforce.
“I would totally recommend the MIC program to people who want the fast-paced college
experience but also those who would be ready to be in the professional field,” Lewis