Senate bill establishes ‘Innovation Education Campus Fund’

May 22, 2013 

A bill waiting for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature makes it possible for the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit to benefit from a special state fund established just for such initiatives.

Sent to the governor during May after a 151-2 vote by the Missouri House of Representatives, Senate Bill No. 381 establishes within the state treasury the “Innovation Education Campus Fund” to be administered by the commissioner of higher education.

The bill specifically notes the existing Missouri Innovation Campus as an entity that would be eligible for such funding. It is a partnership between the University of Central Missouri,

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and various community organizations, businesses and industries.

The legislation enables the general assembly to appropriate money to the “Innovation Education Campus Fund” in support of participating institutions that are demonstrating through partnerships that they are actively working to lower the cost for students to complete a college degree; decreasing the time required for students to earn a degree; and providing applied and project-based learning experiences for students that leverage curriculum developed with partner Missouri businesses and industries.

It also stipulates that students graduating from the innovation education campus should have direct access to internship, apprentice, part-time or full-time career opportunities with Missouri businesses that are involved in the innovation campus partnership, and that the campus engages and partners with industry stakeholders on ongoing program development and program outcomes review.

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