Programs are offered through Summit Technology Academy and University of Central Missouri

Around 100 community members toured the Missouri Innovation Campus, talked to students and staff members and sampled authentic ethnic cuisine from local restaurants at the International Relations Council Networking Event, held Jan. 9 at the new Lee’s Summit R-7 school.

The evening event provided local citizens with an opportunity to learn more about the prestigious international studies programs offered through Summit Technology Academy (STA) and the University of Central Missouri. Those attending also had the opportunity to view the Student Showcase and discuss projects with high schoolers from Summit Technology; visit with the faculty of the University of Central Missouri Department of Government, International Studies and Languages; mingle with international students; and learn more about the service projects of the STA Interact Club (Rotary International). The Interact Club is currently conducting a fundraiser for the Don Bosco Center, gathering winter clothes and school supplies and collecting money to benefit the center’s clients. For more information about helping with the fundraiser, email

During the event, students also shared information about Summit International Studies Academy (SISA), a program at STA for high-school juniors and seniors.

“The International Relations Council has always been such a supporting business partner of STA over the years. We are so very lucky to have this beautiful facility where we can start hosting events for our current and future business partners,” said Curt Cook, SISA instructor.