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Penn Valley athletic banquet salutes athletes, honors long-time assistant coach

MCC-Penn Valley celebrated its annual athletic banquet by honoring players for their hard work during the 2013-14 season. The Athletic Department also honored Rick Madden for 17 years of dedication and service to the men’s team. Madden announced he will be reducing his hours in order to allow younger, more energetic coaches to play a …

High school seniors enroll at MCC as part of MCAC visit day

Nearly 70 high school seniors enrolled at Metropolitan Community College Wednesday as part of Missouri College Advising Corps Visit Day. Students took the COMPASS Placement Test, participated in workshops on academic planning and time management, took pictures for their i.d. cards and enrolled in classes for the fall semester.

Second class of KCPS students set to receive associate’s degree, high school diploma

As graduation approaches, a select group of Penn Valley students are set to receive a unique honor. Seventeen students from Kansas City Public Schools will receive both their associate’s degrees and high school diplomas. The students are participants in the Early College Academy and have set high scholastic goals to continue their education at 4-year …

Jazz fundraiser nets triple expected donations

When Penn Valley Music Instructor Clarence Smith decided to raise funds to purchase new music equipment, he thought he’d raise a couple hundred bucks. But that’s not how things worked out. He announced jazz students were performing at the Phoenix on April 14 and received an outpouring of support. Not only was the club packed, …

Penn Valley students participate in genome exploration lab

  For the first time at Penn Valley,  Robin Craig-Carriaga (biology instructor) demonstrated and conducted an Alu Genotyping Lab where students explored their own human genomes. The procedure included the use of polymerase chain reaction and other techniques new to our campus.  Craig-Carriaga brought an element of discovery and excitement to  students.  One of her …

MCC students works featured in college art exhibit

Three MCC students were recently featured in the Undergraduate Art Exhibition sponsored by the Kansas City Artist Coalition. Students included: Rachel Jo Smith of Penn Valley, Nicole Anderson Grimes of Blue River (“Spoon Necklace”) and another  artist named Rachel Smith (“Fish Spoon”). More than 400 pieces were entered and only a handful of exceptional works …

Student performance at 18th & Vine Jazz Festival

The MCC-Penn Valley Jazz Ensemble  performed this weekend at the 18th & Vine Jazz Festival. Students in the ensemble also participated in a clinic with saxophonist and educator Nathan Davis on Saturday. The students’ final performance was Saturday evening at the Gem Theater as part of the Jammin’ At The Gem Lifetime Achievement concert. In …

MCC-Maple Woods hosts open house at newly-opened MCC St. Joseph Center

MCC-Maple Woods opened the doors of the MCC St. Joseph Center to the public April 10, inviting to community to learn about a new opportunity for A+ students in the surrounding areas. Under a new partnership with Northwest Missouri State University, MCC-Maple Woods will provide courses to area A+ students from classrooms in the Historic …

Penn Valley scholars celebrate Phi Theta Kappa induction

Penn Valley’s best and brightest students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society Saturday. The program kicked of with opening comments by Yvette Sweeney, dean of students. Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks offered words of encouragement to the scholars. The keynote address was delivered by Crystal Braden-Nevins, vice president of communications for Phi Theta …