Category «Creating opportunities»

This apprentice looks ahead to higher pay and an MCC degree

Anthony Balducci has worked at Pratt Industries for four years, but it’s only been since August that he took on the title of “apprentice.” Now he’s learning — on the job, but also in classes at Metropolitan Community College — while he’s earning. MCC’s skilled trades apprenticeship program started this semester with eight apprentices in …

MCC testing center earns kudos from a CEO

“The testing center makes a difference.” So says Michael Hendricks, CEO of a local technology company, who singles out for praise the Testing Center at MCC’s Business & Technology campus. Hendricks is a big believer in lifelong learning and employees expanding their knowledge base and skills. Serious wall space at his company, SureHosting Internet Solutions …

The search is underway for a new MCC mascot

Last spring, Metropolitan Community College announced it would consolidate sports teams starting in Fall 2018. Athletics will still be offered at four MCC campuses: baseball and softball at MCC-Maple Woods, men’s and women’s soccer at MCC-Blue River, women’s cross country and women’s volleyball at MCC-Longview, and men’s and women’s basketball at MCC-Penn Valley). MCC’s four …

Escape rooms at MCC? No, just a student training exercise

When it comes to escape rooms, a little stress is part of the deal. The idea is that several people are trapped in a room until they deduce their way out, using smarts and teamwork. But when Metropolitan Community College’s FOCUS program designed escape rooms for students serving as supplemental instruction leaders, claustrophobia wasn’t in …

Catching up with the winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at MCC

Editor’s note: Chebet Buckner, the 2017 winner of the Chancellor’s MLK Scholarship, compiled this story. Every winter, Metropolitan Community College honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through a collegewide day of service. In addition to this, one outstanding early-college student is chosen to receive a $500 scholarship. First offered in 2015, the Chancellor’s …

He heard about MCC from the Kansas City Royals (kind of)

Leave it to a Kansas City Royals superfan like Brett Winningham to notice the name of a certain college on the royal-blue background of manager Ned Yost’s post-game press conferences. Living in Lamar, Mo., a town of about 4,500 north of Joplin, the 23-year-old had been thinking about college. He’d never heard of Metropolitan Community …

New MCC solar panels: Watch the energy savings live

You may not be able to see them, but solar panels atop 18 buildings at three MCC campuses are busily harnessing energy from the sun to help power the buildings. Now there’s an easy way to tell exactly how much solar energy is being produced. By going to mcckc.edu/solar-panels and clicking on a campus — …

#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 …