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For Those Who Have Served: MCC veterans business event Nov. 14

Metropolitan Community College is helping military veterans who own businesses connect with governmental entities and large corporations in need of goods or services. The Outreach Business Forum “For Those Who Have Served” will be Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center, 31st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The event is sponsored by Black & …

Graphic design works featured in new Carter Art Center show

Crossroads are any point of intersection of two or more paths that lead off in different directions, or converge into a focal point of decision and creation, where people, ideas and events can come together or depart. Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Carter Art Center proudly presents “Crossroads,” featuring works by MFA graphic design alumni of  …

MCC LEADS: A new leadership development program for students

Students who want to grow their leadership skills have a new and exciting opportunity this fall as the college launches the MCC LEADS Academy. The program, designed by the Campus Life & Leadership coordinators, is targeted to help MCC students develop their leadership skills over the course of their education. Caitlin Mountjoy, an MCC-Penn Valley …

Missouri Innovation Campus, called a national model, celebrates grand opening

Hundreds gathered, including Missouri’s governor, to celebrate the opening of a collaborative educational facility that aims to help solve the country’s workforce problems by providing strong technical programming for students starting in high school. The Sept. 5 grand opening of the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit resonated with thank-yous for great community partnerships. The …

MCC excited for next summer after successful STEM teacher externship

Plans are underway to repeat a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher externship model that was launched this summer by the Career Education Consortium (CEC) in conjunction with Metropolitan Community College and Missouri Career Pathways. The teachers were “thrilled” by the opportunity, says Linda Washburn, director of the CEC. “It exceeded their expectations.” The three-day …

MCC-Longview President Dr. Kirk Nooks on panel to discuss Generation X college presidents

Metropolitan Community College-Longview President Kirk Nooks, Ed.D., will be part of a unique panel discussion for this fall’s Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) conference. Nooks authored a chapter in the book”Generation X Presidents Leading Community Colleges,” released last spring. The book goes in-depth on the challenges facing 21st century leaders at the helm of …

Congressman Cleaver hosts student loan town hall at MCC

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver listened intently to concerns about loan debt as students, former students and concerned community members stepped in front of microphones Aug. 2 at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Education Center. MCC hosted the town hall, which was organized by the congressman’s office to gather information about the burden of so many …

Thanks to SkillUP, these Kansas Citians are acquiring job skills at MCC for free

Minutes before entering a classroom at Metropolitan Community College’s Health Science Institute, Katrinia Maldonado admitted to being both excited and anxious. “This is my first time ever being able to attend college,” said Maldonado, who woke up this day “with tears in my eyes” because she’s finally following her dreams. With her new pink-and-white polka-dotted …

Attention, monarch butterflies! New MCC rooftop garden awaits you

Monarch butterflies aren’t known to be interested in higher education, but the orange-and-black beauties would be a welcome sight at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley just the same. A new native-plant garden was officially unveiled July 19 on the roof of the Education Center near 31st Street and Pennsylvania. The star of the garden: milkweed, a …