Northland CAPS unveils Innovation Campus

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new Innovation Campus, a program to provide area students with high-demand jobs skills and earn college credit while in high school, has been established at Northland CAPS school in North Kansas City. The $450,000 grant to fund the initiative was announced by Gov. Jay Nixon.

“Missouri’s Innovation Campus initiative has become a national model for providing our future workforce with more skills, in less time and at a lower cost,” Nixon said. “The Northland CAPS Innovation Campus is already putting hundreds of students on a fast-track to success in future careers, and this official designation will ensure that hundreds more will have this opportunity in the years ahead.”

The Northland CAPS Innovation Campus is a partnership between Metropolitan Community College (MCC), Northwest Missouri State University, the Cerner Corporation and other Kansas City area businesses, along with Northland CAPS, which includes the Kearney, Liberty, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Platte County and Smithville school districts.

Working together, Innovation Campus partners provide high school students enrolled in the Northland CAPS program the opportunity to earn dual college credit through MCC. Students also have the opportunity to earn three hours of dual college credit from Northwest by successfully completing internships with any of the approximately 90 Innovation Campus industry partners in the North Kansas City area. This year, more than 300 students are enrolled in the Northland CAPS Innovation Campus initiative, with local school districts projecting additional growth in the 2015-2016 school year.

Source: Gov. Jay Nixon Press Release

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