Obama’s visit to UCM has Lee’s Summit ties

July 22, 2013 

President Barack Obama’s July 24 visit to Warrensburg has a direct tie to Lee’s Summit and its school district.

According to information from Janice Phelan, spokeswoman for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Obama’s visit to the University of Central Missouri is directly tied to the Missouri Innovation Campus located within the R-7 school district’s Summit Technology Academy.

The campus serves students from the district’s three high schools as well as 19 other metro-area high schools on the Missouri side.

High-school students participating in the program will be involved with the visit and may have the opportunity to discuss their experiences at the Missouri Innovation Campus with the president. 

Obama will speak at approximately 4 p.m. July 24 at UCM. His general topic for the visit is the economy and will feature praise for the Missouri Innovation Campus, a program involving the R-7 district and its partners at UCM, Metropolitan Community College and other businesses. Through the program students can earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-demand technological field just two years after high-school graduation at virtually no cost to the participating students.

According to a press release from the White House, Obama will kick off a series of speeches beginning at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, followed by remarks at UCM, where he will lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center.

Obama will talk about progress o the economy, the challenges that remain, and the path forward, the release stated.

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