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#MCCGrads2017: MCC-Blue River soccer player graduates with a 4.0

New Metropolitan Community College-Blue River grad Amber Krumm recently received a top honor from the National Junior College Athletic Association, but it requires a bit of explaining. Until recently, a community college student athlete who’d earned a perfect 4.0 GPA after at least three semesters would receive the NJCAA’s Pinnacle Award. Under the previous guidelines, …

#MCCGrads2017: Early college graduates continue to inspire

Metropolitan Community College is experiencing ongoing success with its early college programs, with expanded growth in the number of graduates completing each year. Seventy-six high school seniors, from four MCC campuses, earned their associate degrees in 2017. That is up from 61 in 2016. MCC’s early college programs are an opportunity for students to get …

#MCCGrads2017: A big step for newest MCC-Business & Technology alums

Beaming smiles and tassels were plentiful as dozens of Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology students became alumni Wednesday during the college’s commencement at Municipal Auditorium. “This is a tremendous achievement for our students as they take the next step in their careers or the first step toward a rewarding career,” said Dr. Jackie Gill, president …

Photo gallery (now with 65+ pictures): #MCCGrads2017 commencement

Congratulations to MCC’s Class of 2017! Here are some photos from commencement on May 17. (Photos by Matt Scharhag, Tim Engle, Nancy McCallum, Christina Medina, Sharon Pyant, Jessica Ramirez, Ernie Webb III and Jordan Williams) [ Click here for pictures that night from social media ] Click any image to see it bigger.  First up, …

#MCCGrads2017, congrats on a job well done (with social media posts)

It was a night of selfies, funny-looking hats, cheers and shout-outs, pomp and circumstance. It was, of course, graduation. MCC’s commencement celebration for its 102nd graduating class, May 17 at Municipal Auditorium, was also the last one to be presided over by Mark James, the College’s chancellor since 2010. That fact made the night “a …

#MCCGrads2017: Hero to a little boy and a two-time MCC grad

David Valdez is famous on the Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology campus for designing a device that allowed a little boy born without a left hand to ride a bike for the first time. Actually, his fame goes beyond the campus — that feel-good story made headlines locally and even around the country. “I’m extremely …

#MCCGrads2017: Occupational therapy student cited for his compassion

Ask anyone who taught or worked with Metropolitan Community College student Dustin Weedman and the kudos range from “outstanding” to “super.” Those who have encountered the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program student as he wraps us his final semester at the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute have nothing but wonderful things to say about him. …

#MCCGrads2017: Atomic success for a homegrown soda company

A Metropolitan Community College-Blue River graduate is blasting off into the next stage of his life with exciting news about a company he and several of his fellow students launched a year ago. We first caught up with Mark Driscoll and friends last fall, when a buzz was generating about their fledging soda company, Atomic …

#MCCGrads2017: Student with a passion for helping people started college at 16

It’s not unusual for a student to take a class in high school that qualifies as college credit. Emma Thoman, however, started taking classes on an actual college campus — Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods — when she was just 16. She’s now 19 and will graduate on May 17 with her MCC associate in arts …

#MCCGrads2017: He promised his late mom he would finish his education

Clayton White already has his gown for MCC commencement May 17, but he’d kind of like to wear the one his mom donned 26 years ago. It probably wouldn’t be the right color, and maybe it wouldn’t fit. Anyway, although he did find her mortarboard, he hasn’t run across the gown. Commencement will be a …

#MCCGrads2017: Married couple took classes together, will graduate together

Joshua and Katrina Bocanegra enrolled at Metropolitan Community College-Longview at the same time, worked on the same degree and even took some classes together. And on May 17, the couple will don caps and gowns to walk together at MCC’s 2017 commencement ceremony at Municipal Auditorium. He’s from Wyoming. She grew up mostly in Omaha. …

#MCCGrads2017: How MCC helped a determined student overcome his past

Sipping coffee at Broadway Cafe in Westport, Traycie Williams mentions that he used to live in this neighborhood. For a while it was an apartment near 36th and Main streets. Later he was homeless in the same area, “basically one of the people you see standing on the corner begging for money.” It’s a bit …

#MCCGrads2017: Nursing grad will make time to help people in his native Romania

After moving from Romania to Kansas City in 2008, Alex Drescanu had to figure out what he’d do in America. Six years before, he’d met the woman he would eventually marry, then-TV news anchor Elizabeth Alex, when she was in Romania doing a story on a Kansas City-based medical missions organization. Drescanu had served as …

MCC wins three first-place awards in regional communications/marketing contest

Metropolitan Community College’s communications and public relations team won three first-place prizes in a regional competition of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations, an association of community college communicators. The NCMPR District 5 Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges in District 5, which encompasses seven states. MCC’s …