Category «In the news»

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 …

Video: Dr. Kimberly Beatty, new MCC chancellor, shares her story

Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Metropolitan Community College’s new chancellor, shared her story and the values she will bring to the community in an interview during her welcome reception on June 19. As MCC chancellor, Dr. Beatty said, “I commit to you today, by partnering with the executive team, faculty and staff, MCC will be a place …

An MCC scholarship helped her become a police officer

The Grandview Police Department is always looking for ways for its police force to mirror the community. Metropolitan Community College wants to help with that mission and place graduates of its police academy. Those goals come together with MCC’s Move Toward the Badge scholarship, the first of which was awarded in January to Kaitlyn (Kate) …

Together we saw great success, Chancellor James says at farewell

He may have agreed only to “a little cake after the board meeting,” but Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James’ final Board of Trustees meeting involved a bit more than that. James, MCC’s chancellor since 2010, was presented with two resolutions of commendation (one from the College, one from Kansas City Mayor Sly James), a …

Photo gallery: MCC honorees at Missouri Community College Association event

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) recently published its photo album from this spring’s annual awards luncheon. The awards from MCCA are twofold.  These awards honor outstanding community college educators each year with the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. They also recognize outstanding Phi Theta Kappa scholars by naming them to the All-Missouri Academic Team. Faculty Awards: …

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 — …

New bus route expands benefits to MCC U-Pass riders

Metropolitan Community College students have even better transportation options now, thanks to an ongoing partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and a brand-new RideKC bus route, designed specifically with students in mind. The College is starting Year 2 of its free U-Pass bus program for students, and RideKC is getting ready to launch …

Institute for Workforce Innovation workshop highlights benefits of Missouri Works program

The Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI) at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology recently hosted and conducted a workshop on the Missouri Works Customized Training (MCT) program to assist local companies interested in applying for state funds. IWI invited current and potential clients to the workshop, which included discussions on funding eligibility, allowable training costs, details …