Trail Blazer soccer teams build on success

The Trail Blazer soccer season at Metropolitan Community College–Blue River is well under way. The regular season continues through mid-October, followed by NJCAA Region 16 tournaments. “We’ve got a good collection of talent from around the area on both teams,” said athletic coordinator and head men’s coach David Owens. Both teams feature many great Missouri …

MCC in the news: Unique program trains machinists better, faster, cheaper

A new partnership between MCC-Business & Technology and a group of local employers means a more direct path to employment for some manufacturing students, and it’s gaining attention around the city. The Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing (CIMM) program, established earlier in 2013, is a short-term training for entry-level machinists. Many of the area’s more than 2,500 manufacturers are in need …

Register Now for Oct. 12 Trail Blazer 5K

Join us for the Trail Blazer 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 12, at MCC-Blue River! Students, employees and the general public are invited to take part in this fun and healthy event for recreational runners and walkers. The scenic 3.1-mile route begins and ends on the MCC-Blue River campus in Independence, Mo. The cost is $15 for current MCC …

Former MCC-Longview Lakers pitcher edges closer to Major League play

In the world of baseball, Lee Stoppelman is a fast learner. MCC-Longview Lakers Baseball Coach Clint Culbertson easily places this former player in that category. Culbertson said Stoppelman, now a professional in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, recently advanced from AA to AAA in quick succession. Culbertson said Stoppelman could easily make a leap from this, …

MCC in the news: Driving simulator highlights growing problem

We all know that it’s a dangerous choice to operate a vehicle while impaired–but it’s not just drugs and alcohol that contribute to unsafe driving. While many colleges take steps to prevent students from driving while under the influence, MCC is taking things a step further – aiming to prevent driving while distracted. As part of a month-long …

Continuing the pursuit: bilingual healthcare graduates one year later

Last fall, sixteen students completed Preparados en Salud, Kansas City’s first bilingual healthcare training program, and earned certified nursing assistant (CNA) credentials. Now, less than a year later, nine of the Preparados students have gone on to pursue licensed practical nursing (LPN) credentials, the next step on the nursing career ladder.  Three students who graduated from the LPN program …

MCC in the news: CDL instructor talks trucks

Check out this KCTV5 segment, which features John Malicoat, program coordinator and instructor in MCC’s CDL-A (commercial driver’s license, class A) training program. KCTV5 multimedia journalist Justin Schmidt interviewed Malicoat on Tuesday for a story on a proposed KCMO city ordinance that would ban so-called jake braking, a mechanism for slowing 18-wheel trucks that some consider too noisy. Malicoat took …