The Missouri Innovation Campus is an accelerated college curriculum program initiated by the University of Central Missouri and developed in partnership with Metropolitan Community College, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and several industry-leading business partners from across Greater Kansas City.
The MIC program, which launched in the fall of 2012, currently offers tracks for careers in information technology. The program is open to qualifying students from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the 19 other high schools served by the district’s Summit Technology Academy.
Students enter the selective program during their junior year in high school and earn an associate’s degree at MCC one semester after graduating high school. They then go on to UCM to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which they can earn in just two years. Throughout their time at MCC and UCM, the students participate in high-impact, hands-on internships at one of the MIC-partner companies.
The program is designed to reduce not only the time but also the cost of earning a college degree; the students’ internships with the partner companies are paid, and state grants also help offset the costs of the program. Partner companies include: Cerner, DST, Saint Luke’s Health Systems, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Honeywell, KCP&L, the city of Lee’s Summit and Grundfos.