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Blue River student transitions to staff

William Jester says that MCC-Blue River student services changed his life. He was so encouraged and impressed with what the staff helped him accomplish, that he made it a goal to do the same thing in his own career. Bill started as a student at MCC-Blue River and quickly began volunteering with the re-entry programs …

New Blue River Counseling Center centralizes student support services

The MCC-Blue River campus will establish the Blue River Counseling Center in Education Center 115, where three counselors will be available to support enrolled students with their diverse needs. Counselors Victorie Hollwell, Mandy Moore and Jeff Wilt (pictured from left to right above) will have offices within the suite, and the Disability Support Services Department …

Human Lifespan students reach out to comfort victim of neglect

Perhaps you are following current news stories about a little girl known as L.P., a Kansas City area youngster who was recently discovered in a severe state of neglect and malnourishment; her mother had locked her into an upstairs closet, separated from her sisters and her mother with almost no human contact. During MCC-Blue River’s …

Student earns high school diploma, associate’s degree in same week

Emily Nelson managed to earn a college degree within days of receiving her high school diploma. She has always been a dedicated student, so when MCC-Blue River began working with Fort Osage high school to provide a path to an associate’s degree for high school students, Emily was a prime candidate. The program is called …

MCC-Blue River responds to parking needs

Students asked, and MCC is responding to the need for additional parking spaces around campus. Parking lot B, located between the Education Center and the Public Safety Institute buildings, will have an additional 129 spaces when students arrive for their fall classes. In addition to the new parking spaces, a third entrance will be added …

Four Trail Blazers are Academic All-Americans, Blazers earn NJCAA All-Academic Team honors

Four of the athletes on MCC-Blue River’s Trail Blazer men’s and women’s soccer teams achieved the status of Academic All-American by maintaining a high grade point average in 2011 and 2012 while also contributing to their team. The MCC-Blue River athletes being honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their outstanding academic …

MCC in the News: History instructor Bill Worley portrays James Naismith, Star Magazine

Historian and MCC-Blue River instructor Bill Worley has been making his own mark in local history by playing historical characters in various venues all over the metro for years. He often incorporates characters into his teaching style as well, bringing props and wearing costumes into the classroom. Students seem to connect with Worley’s unique way …

Anonymous donor keeps Special Juvenile Collection thriving

A special section of children’s books which are intended to help children cope with various difficulties in life keeps growing and thriving at MCC-Blue River due to the support of an anonymous donor from the community. While the books are in high demand, it is a challenge to keep the collection up to date. The …

MCC art instructor DeAnna Skedel on display at H&R Block Artspace

Wonderful works well worth checking into are on display at “Kansas City Flatfile 2012” in the H&R Block Artspace at KC Art Institute in June. MCC-Blue River art instructor DeAnna Skedel has been curated into the display. One of her silver point drawings will be featured on a gallery wall, and many of her other …

New Independence bus lines meet at MCC-Blue River

Beginning in July, MCC-Blue River students, employees and visitors who take the bus to campus will be riding the IndeBus, a brand new bus line created by the City of Independence to serve the Independence area. The IndeBus’s red line and yellow line will meet at MCC-Blue River, so there should be a route to your stop nearby, …