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Member Spotlight: Summit International Studies Academy

Posted By IRC, Monday, July 10, 2017
Updated: Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Summit International Studies Academy (SISA) is the International Studies program within the Summit Technology Academy. Students enrolled at SISA are passionate about world cultures, languages, and diversity. SISA is a unique classroom experience that simulates an intercultural consulting firm, creating a corporate environment with students taking on multiple business partners as "clients." These clients work with students to develop in-depth projects that address real-world challenges faced by businesses as they work internationally. SISA students also experience international culture through a variety of field experiences, including job shadowing at the IRC and working with recent immigrants as "conversation buddies" at the Don Bosco Language School.

The International Studies program has been actively supported by many metropolitan organizations including the IRC, Global Ties Kansas City, World Trade Center, and People to People International. Numerous SISA students have gone on to serve as college interns at both the IRC and Global Ties Kansas City as they pursue degrees with an international focus. Students at SISA also participate in Model United Nations and have attended the Metropolitan Kansas City Model UN hosted by Johnson County Community College.

Summit Technology Academy (STA) is a shared campus of junior and senior students who come together for a half-day program as an extension of their home high school.  STA is available to students of most public schools, as well as a number of private schools, throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area.

STA and SISA business partners include many IRC members such as Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Commerce Bank, and Garmin. We are also working with Bio-Microbics to create student projects.


STA has been nationally recognized by President Barack Obama, and also has been named an “Exemplar School” by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

STA is always looking for business and academic programs to work with students through projects, classroom visits, or in a mentorship role. For more information, contact Curtis Cook ( »), visit the website ( ») or speak to an STA student at an IRC event.

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