Art show ‘The Sirens of SoMo: The Unexpected’ opens Oct. 7

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Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Carter Art Center Gallery proudly presents a Fall 2016 exhibit, “The Sirens of SoMo: The Unexpected.” What you can expect: A montage of street culture photography, paintings depicting female strength, and hand-rubbed collages torn from the pages of National Geographic. Show dates:  Oct. 7-Nov. 11, Carter Art Center Receptions: First Friday, …

MCC-Penn Valley instructors are superhuman volunteers

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Metropolitan Community College biology instructors by day, superhuman experts by night? In a manner of speaking, yes. Two MCC-Penn Valley instructors have donated hundreds of hours to assist with the “Body Worlds” exhibit at Kansas City’s Union Station. It continues through Oct. 23. MCC’s Steven Lewis and Gene Cota have each completed more than 100 …

MCC alum and former NBA star’s basketball clinic brings celebs to campus

Clay Johnson (34) of the Los Angeles Lakers gives a little twist to the game as he goes up and out-of-bounds while trying to save the ball against the defense of Joel Kramer (50) of the Phoenix Suns, April 28, 1982, Los Angeles, Calif. The action came during the second half of their first game of the Western Conference playoff, which the Lakers won, 155-96. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

For 10 years, former NBA player and Metropolitan Community College alumnus Clay Johnson has been bringing joy to young Kansas City basketball fans with an action-packed weekend, featuring celebrities and lots of hoop time. MCC is proud to be among the sponsors of this year’s Clay Johnson Celebrity Weekend: Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. …

MCC-Maple Woods student honored as Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholar

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They are called Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, and Metropolitan Community College is proud to have another student receive the title. Jennifer Elpert, a second-year student at MCC-Maple Woods, says she was “incredibly excited” to learn of the award. The North Kansas City High school graduate will complete her MCC associate degree in biology in …

A FOCUS on helping MCC’s first-year students succeed

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If you didn’t know better, you’d swear you stumbled into a class of education majors. This day in mid-August at MCC-Business & Technology, there’s talk about activity plans, Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, and how to engage non-participants in a class discussion. The more detailed your outline the better, someone says, because once you’re in front …

Next at 10, MCC students react to the Clinton-Trump debate

Chandler Templeton, Mike Marusarz, Alex Wilt and Cole Kazmier pose for a photo before watching the presidential debate.

  Metropolitan Community College students Cole Kazmier and Chandler Templeton recently received a rare opportunity: They were asked to watch the first 2016 U.S. presidential debate with “41 Action News” anchor Mike Marusarz in studio and then offer live commentary on KSHB’s 10 p.m. news. Both students were excited about the experience, which highlighted how important young voters are …

MCC theater students create magic, help Harvesters and explore world of film

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It is a theater class that is three in one (Theater  120-Acting I, Theater  121-Elements of Play Production, and Theater 220-Acting II)  at Metropolitan Community College, but the experience is about much more than the action on the classroom stage. It’s also about learning the value of service to the community. Anne Mahoney’s Fall 2016 acting students at …

MCC hosts regional higher-ed Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion

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It was a full house for the annual Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion for Under-represented Populations, hosted by Metropolitan Community College. More than 200 participants from  MCC and the surrounding academic community shared in the experience Sept. 16. The event was held on the MCC-Penn Valley campus, with opening remarks by MCC Chancellor Mark James. …

MCC Night at the K: What’s a little rain?

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Yes, those dark-blue clouds did end up making some rain, and despite a promising start the Royals lost to the Oakland A’s 5-4. Still, from all appearances, a good time was had at MCC Night at the K on Sept. 13. The MCC Foundation tailgate dinner — brisket, turkey and fixings from Jack Stack Barbecue …

MCC medical assistant program is helping this student improve her life

“I want to set an example for my son,” says Ti’eara Monroe of Kansas City, here with 8-month-old Aiden. Thanks to the MoSTEMWINs grant, she’s upgrading her skills in Metropolitan Community College’s new medical assistant program.

Ti’eara Monroe’s job as a home-health certified nursing assistant is challenging work, and her 12-hour shifts — evenings, overnights and weekends — aren’t on a set schedule. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old is also raising a toddler son, Aiden. On top of all that, the 2012 Raytown South High School grad is a full-time Metropolitan Community College …