On Friday, Sept. 30, the Penn Valley campus of Metropolitan Community College hosted its inaugural HBCU Fair featuring 16 different colleges and organizations, including nine historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. Each school or organization had a table in the Education Center that was visited by over 800 students from local high schools and community college students. Special appearances were made by noted community figures such as Mamie Hughes, an alumna of both MCC-Penn Valley and Fisk University, an HBCU in Tennessee.
The HBCUs in attendance included: Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AR); University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AR); Harris-Stowe State University (St. Louis, MO); Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO); Fisk University (Nashville, TN); Langston University (Langston, OK); Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL); Howard University (Washington, DC); and Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA).
Also in attendance were representatives from local institutions: UMKC and UMKC Law, Park University, KU-Edwards Campus, Rockhurst University, University of Central Missouri, and Avila University. The Educational Opportunity Center located within MCC also sent representatives to answer students’ many questions about scholarships and loans.
In addition to perusing the college fair in the Education Center lecture room, students also attended workshops on the college admissions process and financial aid facilitated by representatives from MCC and UMKC. Students and their counselors were able to hear about enrollment steps and application deadlines, financial aid common questions, and how to pay for school with scholarships instead of loans.
The event was coordinated by a planning committee and staffed by volunteers from within MCC and from outside organizations, including Kohl’s department stores.
The event received high remarks from students, recruiters, and MCC-Penn Valley faculty and staff.