An innovative approach to education and economic development will be the focus of Lee’s Summit’s Fifth Annual Education Summit that will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Jan. 28, 2015 in the MCC-Longview Education Center, 500 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO.
“Business and community leaders, educators from all segments, parents and students will convene at the Education Summit to discuss the education ecosystem and continue the tremendous work started with the citizen-led strategic plan Lee’s Summit 360°: Charting Tomorrow,” said Mike Allen, chairman of the Education Key Performance Area of Lee’s Summit 360.
The Education Summit, which began in 2010, is a forum to update stakeholders on the progress of the community’s educational system while providing an opportunity to brainstorm ideas to continue growth in this vital area.
“This year our work will focus on the important connection between a robust educational system, the generation of economic development activity, and a strong economy,” said Allen.
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Are you passionate about education? Save the date for next Lee’s Summit Education Summit set for Wednesday, January 28 from 8 a.m.-noon. The event will be held at MCC-Longview.
The focus of the day will be on lifelong learning and the impact it has on economic development. This event is open to the public.
More details will be posted later as the speaker and agenda for the day is confirmed.
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.