Lee’s Summit schools to be highlighted in Obama speech

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. —┬áPresident Barack Obama will speak at the University of Central Missouri Wednesday to talk about the economy.

As part of his remarks, the White House said Obama will talk about the Lee’s Summit’s School District’s accelerated engineering program.

The program accepts juniors and seniors from 19 Missouri high schools and allows them to earn a bachelor’s degree in just two years after they graduate from high school.

Seventeen-year-old Matt Orson says the program allows him to get hands on experience by working with partnering companies to hone his skills before he gets out in the real world.

“I’m super, super happy that something like this could happen to me, not many people get this opportunity to get their college paid for and to get hands on experience with a job,” said Orson.

Dr Don Andrews, Assistant Superintendent for the Lee’s Summit School District, says there is no other program like it in the country.

While the 32 students enrolled in the program are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to earn and four-year degree for free, they’re in for a another awesome experience because they’ll meet President Barack Obama when he speaks at the University of Central Missouri Wednesday.

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