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Partnerships and Programs


  • Cerner partners with organizations to promote innovative learning opportunities

    Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

    Offered in the Blue Valley School District and the Kansas City Northland (six-district consortium), the CAPS program offers applied, project-based learning opportunities to high school students in innovative, multi-disciplinary environments. The curriculum is industry-driven and instructors facilitate projects rather than deliver content. Student outcomes are measured relative to “real-world” expectations ensuring an emphasis on professional skills, collaboration, problem-solving capabilities and more.

    Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC)

    A partnership between industry, University of Central Mo., Metropolitan Community College and Summit Technology Academy, the MIC program is working to create seamless education pathways for high-demand careers. Industry helps develop curriculum that is delivered in a blended model of classroom instruction and work-based learning. MIC is working to define a standard for performance-based credentialing, shortening the time required to obtain a degree.

    Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

    PLTW is a national non-profit organization that develops Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum used by more than 3,000 middle and high schools nationwide. For the 2013-14 school year, PLTW is piloting a computer science class in three U.S. cities, including Kansas City.

    KC Power Source: Mobile app development camps

    To increase awareness of computing and technology education, Cerner created and supports week-long summer camps where local students learn the basics of mobile app development. Cerner interns and FIRST Robotics teams partner to facilitate the camps so students can develop Android apps in Level 1 and iPad apps in Level 2. 

    Cerner programs

    Cerner Scholars

    Cerner offers area high school juniors and seniors a tech-focused applied learning experience at Cerner’s Kansas City office locations. Students come to work on Cerner teams for two hours each day. They are responsible for real work output and are assessed on both technical and professional skills.  Learn more.

    Apprentice program

    Students who are pursuing relevant degrees at local community colleges or universities are eligible for employment in Cerner’s apprentice program. Upon graduation, apprentices are placed directly into full-time roles.

    Intern program

    Each summer Cerner hosts 200+ college interns from around the nation. Primarily available to students pursuing careers in software engineering, a significant number of interns return to Cerner for full-time employment upon graduation.