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To create a well-educated, skilled workforce, all stakeholder groups must work collaboratively.

In Lee’s Summit, one of our biggest assets is community based leadership. City officials, business leaders and civic organizations come together to tackle some of the toughest issues in our community and workforce development is one of them.

With a high performing school district and award-winning higher education system, Lee’s Summit has a solid base in laying the foundation for a successful solution.

Today, the LSEDC, R-7 School District, Summit Technology Academy, Missouri Innovation Campus, Metropolitan Community College and University of Central Missouri are working together to provide a “Pathway to Success”. Career Paths designed to include a wide-range of certifications and degrees to reduce the gap in employment.Career Pathways ImageCareer Pathways are a sequence of training and education programs designed to develop a person’s academic and technical skills. By obtaining stackable credentials and developing new skills a worker can advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector. 


Lee’s Summit R-7 and Summit Technology Academy
Partnering in Workplace Readiness
R7 takes a K-12 approach to ensure students are workplace ready. In elementary and middle school grades, students participate in such activities as leadership programs, robotics or coding programs, and other STEM events. In high school, student choose from a list of 38 areas of focus. The R-7 Career Pathways teams advise teachers on career-related curriculum to enhance the core subjects and align to the 38 areas of focus. Students gain experiential learning by participating in project-based learning, short-term field experiences or one-year internships. Junior and senior high students seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers in a global environment can apply to attend the Summit Technology Academy. STEM-related careers encompass network engineering, software development, cyber security, health science, biomedical science, nursing, digital media, aerospace, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, teacher preparation, and international studies. Contact Shannan Booth, R7 Career/Technical Facilitator, 986-1074, or Elaine Metcalf, STA Director, 986-3415, for more information.

MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation – Metropolitan Community College, Longview
In this economy, it’s more important than ever for businesses to make the most of their resources. Our philosophy is simple…we help individuals become better employees and help businesses run better. We believe in improving performance from the ground up – people, processes, even the workplace environment, to maximize productivity. For more than 25 years, MCC has served the Kansas City region by providing companies with customized training and consulting services designed to enhance employee skills and improve a company’s bottom line. Our performance consultants are experts in their fields, providing training and guidance to executives and frontline workers alike. We customize our services to meet an organization’s needs with a variety of delivery options available, including on-site training and consulting, online courses and state-of-the-art instructional settings at any of MCC’s convenient locations. We serve a wide variety of industries and can offer specific solutions in assessments, technical skills, environmental health and safety, management skills, quality management, organizational development, and many other areas. Additionally, MCC is the regional access point for Missouri Works training funds. Contact Nancy Russell, or 816-604-5237 for additional information.

University of Central Missouri – Lee’s Summit
UCM Lee’s Summit offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Lee’s Summit and online in a variety of fields including Education, Information Technology, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Occupation Safety Management, and Business Administration. Day and night classes are available from faculty with industry expertise and real-world experience. UCM Lee’s Summit also serves as a resource to the community for professional and workforce development. Whether organizations are looking to provide career development opportunities for their employees through certification programs or increase productivity by investing in targeted employee training, UCM Lee’s Summit can assess, build, and implement a wide range of custom workforce development programs to meet business demands. Businesses of any size can access the benefits of leveraging the existing intellectual capital at the University of Central Missouri for the purposes of workforce development. For more information about how to put the power of UCM Lee’s Summit to work for you, call 816-347-1612 or visit to learn more.

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Finally, the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) is the future in workforce development. It starts with our high school students and works them through a progressive path beginning their junior year. MIC students graduate with a 4-year degree, 2-years after high school, with little to no debt and gain experience through internships. Business partners benefit from a highly talented and motivated pool of students, have the ability to shape program curriculum and recruit local talent. Visit their website to learn more or contact Stan Elliott at (660) 543-8256,

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