Crossing the stage and receiving a diploma is an important milestone for a high-school senior. For nine area students involved in an innovative program with benefits that include accelerating the time it takes to earn a college degree, leaving high-school this spring also nearly coincided with their graduation from Metropolitan Community College (MCC) with an associate degree.
As a result of attending the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), these students not only receive their associate degree soon after earning their high-school diploma, they will begin classes at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) next fall on track to earn a bachelor’s degree just two years after graduating from high school. Perhaps even more remarkable is that MIC students will complete the entire program – associate and bachelor’s degrees – at almost no cost to the students or their families.
Just last summer, the MIC captured national attention when President Barack Obama highlighted the program and its benefits for students and families during a visit to the University of Central Missouri. President Obama called MIC “a recipe for success over the long term.”
“This visionary program allows us to prepare our students for a bright future while also serving as a model of how public school districts, higher education and businesses can work together in a whole new way,” said Dr. David McGehee, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent.