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New school in Lee’s Summit catches Obama’s attention

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LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

The Missouri Innovation Campus opening next month in Missouri has caught the eye of former President Barack Obama.

The Missouri Innovation Campus gives students a chance to get ahead by offering an accelerated program that would shorten the time it takes students to get a four-year degree.

Lee’s Summit School District staff said that Obama has sung the praises of the new school.

The MIC program is a collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, UMC, Metropolitan Community College, and local businesses.

Students will have the chance to obtain a bachelor’s degree only two years after graduating from high school.

Juniors and seniors in the program will spend half their day in high school and the other half at MIC.

The goal is to reduce the cost of college. Also, the business partners offer three-year paid internships.

“We want to be seen as that talent pool,” said Elaine Metcalf, Principal of Missouri Innovation Campus Summit Technology Academy. “If a company wants early access to talent, hook them into the culture of their company’s early. That’s kind of what it’s all about.”

The brand new facility will function more like a business workplace than a high school classroom.

Metcalf said that, at the end of this, students should have employment and well-paying jobs because they’ll have worked with a company for so long.

The new facility will also house the Summit Technology Academy, a unique high school program that prepares students for careers in engineering, computer science, health care and creative services. It will also house UMC-Lee’s Summit.

Metcalf said, “Companies were saying, ‘Where do we, how do we keep talent in Kansas City?’ Here’s how we do it.”

The program is also open to 24 high schools in Missouri.

It was approved by a $40 million bond issue, which was approved by 80 percent of voters back in 2015.

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