She puts the ‘art’ in ‘industrial arts’: How Jennifer Dec added twinkle to the Five Star Gala in 10 not-so-easy steps

FabLab

The lab is buzzing loudly with the sounds of high-tech machines doing high-tech things. A few students are standing at work tables, heads down and focusing diligently on class projects. We’re in the MCC-Business & Technology FabLab. The ceilings are high and the lights are low, and the smell of chemicals suggests something fancy is …

MCC-Longview wins Lee’s Summit Chamber award

MCC-Longview was honored on May 17 by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce with the Business of the Year Award. The campus received the honor at the chamber’s annual Res In Motus Award Luncheon.  Longview was chosen from among three finalists in the large-employer category. Award selection was based on excellence in  mission and culture, employee relations, community service …

KCPS seniors earn high school, college degrees simultaneously

More than a dozen graduating seniors in the Kansas City Missouri Public Schools each earned a college degree alongside their high school diploma this spring, thanks to a new partnership between the school district and Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.   The students are part of the Early College Academy, a unique dual enrollment program that, unlike …

MCC-Maple Woods president announced

Metropolitan Community College has named Utpal K. Goswami, Ph.D., as the new president of the college’s Maple Woods campus in Kansas City North. Goswami comes to MCC-Maple Woods from College of the Redwoods (Cal.), where he currently serves as vice president of instruction. He also served as interim president and superintendent of the college in …

820 shine at five-campus graduation, many ‘with honors’

Nearly 820 students donned flowy black robes and square-topped hats on May 16 to cross the stage to receive their diplomas at MCC’s district-wide commencement ceremony. Many of those graduating did so with honors. The ceremony, held at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo., marks the second year that students from all five of MCC’s campuses have …

Hundreds participate in Laura’s Run at MCC-Blue River

About 1,200 people hit the pavement on May 11 for the Laura’s Run 5K, which started and finished at MCC-Blue River. The 5k run and walk was planned in memory of Laura Beth Reynolds to raise drunk driving awareness. Laura  was a 16-year-old honor student at Fort Osage High School in 2009 when she was hit and killed by a …

MCC-Longview president announced

MCC has named Kirk A. Nooks, Ed.D., as the new president of the college’s Longview campus in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Nooks replaces Fred Grogan, Ph.D., who has been president of MCC-Longview for 15 years and will retire at the end of June. Nooks comes to MCC-Longview from Georgia Highlands College, where he currently serves as both campus …

Army Top Fuel Dragster visits MCC-Longview

One of the fastest hot rod cars in the nation is speeding into Lee’s Summit this week, and it’s making a pit stop at MCC-Longview. The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Army Top Fuel Dragster, a vehicle that accelerates from zero to 100 mph in less than 8/10 of a second, will be on display at …

Monarchs, Lakers named regional champs, head to district tournaments

Not one, but both of MCC’s baseball teams were crowned NJCAA regional champions over the weekend and are now heading to district championships.   The MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs defeated Crowder College (9-6) on Sunday at Jefferson College, earning the Division I, Region XVI championship title. Now, the team heads to Warner, Okla., for the South …

Francis Institute Plants Pinwheels For Child Abuse Prevention Month

Staff and children from the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development and Acadamía de Niños planted pinwheels in front of the Francis Institute facility to honor children affected by abuse. More than 300 pinwheels were planted in honor of  Childhood Abuse Prevention Month. Here are a few pictures of children planting pinwheels:   According to the …