With one cohort underway and receiving positive reviews and ample feedback, and another set to be unveiled in August, the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit is shaping up according to the program’s point man.
Stan Elliott, program coordinator of the MIC, told a group of business leaders at the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council’s quarterly investor meeting April 3 that the program has so far meet great expectations with its information technology essentials cohort, and looks forward to the start of the engineering technology cohort that will begin in August.
The MIC is a collaborative effort between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College, UCM and its business partners to connect those businesses with a trained workforce who possesses a specific skill.
The customized training initiative targets disciplines such as advanced manufacturing, energy solutions, bio sciences, health sciences and services and information technology.
“It’s an exciting project,” Elliot said during the meeting which took place at UCM’s Summit Center, 850 N.W. Chipman Road in Lee’s Summit. “It’s a model that doesn’t exist. It’s been an exciting venture, but it only works because of the collaboration between UCM, MCC and the R-7 district. Also, Summit Tech(nology Academy). This program does not exist without Summit Technology Academy.”
Currently, 17 students are enrolled in the first (IT) cohort, and MIC we’ll be adding another cohort (engineering) in August, Elliott said. He added after the implementation of the engineering piece of the MIC, a nursing cohort will be added to the mix.
“To do that, we will need another building,” he said, before adding UCM is in the process of determining the new site of the Innovation Campus. The building will house Summit Tech, the (UCM) campus here and the Innovation Campus. We should know by June where this building will be and who will build it.”
In other news from the EDC’s investor meeting, a presentation from the Kansas City Area Development Council was met with general aplomb and applause. KCADC presented “Kansas City: America’s Creative Crossroads…the intersection of Artistry and Technology,” and Lee’s Summit is very much a part of that concept.
“You did something about it (April 2 with the passage of a bond issue to improve cultural arts facilities),” KCADC’s Bob Marcusse said when asked how Lee’s Summit can be a part of that conversation. “Now we can say there is a city in our region that has a cultural arts center. What happened (April 2) will be watched by other cities in our region.
“What you are doing here at UCM and Lee’s Summit is revolutionary. It makes a difference. It matters. Lee’s Summit has always been a magnet for smart, creative people.”