Highlights and Updates

Student Success

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 ...
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Summit gives educators a chance to strategize on access, persistence and completion

“Be bold, and have those courageous conversations to make a real impact on the students we serve,” MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty told college educators at the Kansas-Missouri Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion. Dr. Beatty gave the welcome address at the Sept. 15 event at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The Summit is sponsored by ...
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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 ...
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Award keeps admissions manager energized to continue growing student leadership

As John Hudson moves into his second year with Metropolitan Community College, he looks forward to continuing service work with an organization that already has honored him for his efforts to bring about change. Hudson, admissions manager at MCC-Penn Valley, started with the College in June 2016. One of the things on his calendar in ...
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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 ...
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Community invited to attend Missouri Innovation Campus grand opening Sept. 5

Metropolitan Community College is pleased to share news of the grand opening of the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) in Lee’s Summit. The MIC program is a collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri and MCC. WHEN: Grand opening ceremony is 4 p.m. Sept. 5 LOCATION: 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, Lee’s Summit, ...
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Teaching and Learning

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 ...
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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 ...
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MCC student goes behind the cameras at 41 Action News

MCC-Penn Valley student John Ross didn’t actually make it on TV during a recent visit to KSHB, Channel 41, but he got pretty close. Ross, 25, spent a day job-shadowing at “41 Action News.” He’s working on his associate in arts degree at MCC now and plans to transfer to UMKC to study broadcast journalism. ...
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Community invited to attend Missouri Innovation Campus grand opening Sept. 5

Metropolitan Community College is pleased to share news of the grand opening of the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) in Lee’s Summit. The MIC program is a collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri and MCC. WHEN: Grand opening ceremony is 4 p.m. Sept. 5 LOCATION: 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, Lee’s Summit, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Equity

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 ...
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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 ...
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New Americans welcomed at MCC-Penn Valley ceremony

Applicants for U.S. citizenship and their families and friends packed the gymnasium at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley for a ceremony that was marked by frequent applause, big smiles and plenty of picture-taking. “I truly wish you all the rich blessings that come with being an American,” U.S. District Court Judge Brian C. Wimes told the ...
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MCC-Penn Valley event to feature ‘Some of My Best Friends Are Black’ author

Students and classes at MCC-Penn Valley have spent chunks of the school year discussing Tanner Colby’s book “Some of My Best Friends Are Black,” a history of modern U.S. race relations. Now they’ll get a chance to hear from the author in person. Colby will take part in two panel discussions and a book signing ...
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Healthy Harvest Mobile Market returns to MCC-Penn Valley: April 5

The Mobile Market is back! Truman Medical Centers’ Healthy Harvest Mobile Market is returning to the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus for the season. It will make its first stop on Wednesday, April 5. If you’re not familiar with the Mobile Market, it’s a city bus stocked with affordably priced fruits and vegetables. You can ...
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MCC partners with MU Extension, MCCA and DSS to help low-income Missourians ‘SkillUP’

Metropolitan Community College is part of a new pilot program aimed at helping food stamp recipients gain access to free job training and find employment. MCC is one of two community colleges in the state working in partnership with the Missouri Community College Association, MU Extension and the Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support ...
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Resource Development

Award keeps admissions manager energized to continue growing student leadership

As John Hudson moves into his second year with Metropolitan Community College, he looks forward to continuing service work with an organization that already has honored him for his efforts to bring about change. Hudson, admissions manager at MCC-Penn Valley, started with the College in June 2016. One of the things on his calendar in ...
[read more]

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 ...
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Community invited to attend Missouri Innovation Campus grand opening Sept. 5

Metropolitan Community College is pleased to share news of the grand opening of the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) in Lee’s Summit. The MIC program is a collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri and MCC. WHEN: Grand opening ceremony is 4 p.m. Sept. 5 LOCATION: 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, Lee’s Summit, ...
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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 ...
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New and existing MCC scholarships could ease student loan rate increase

Students who are working on solutions to meet the rate increase on federal student loans effective July 1 should look to the growing scholarship opportunities at Metropolitan Community College. The U.S. Treasury Department recently raised interest rates for federal student loans for both undergraduate and graduate students. New loans disbursed from July 1, 2017, to ...
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MCC-Blue River opens its new Enrollment Center

Students heading back to class this fall will notice some renovations at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River. On June 13, the campus held a ribbon-cutting to debut its newly dubbed Enrollment Center. The Enrollment Center is an area where several student services offices are located, such as academic and financial aid advising, student records and student ...
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Culture and Environment

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 ...
[read more]

Award keeps admissions manager energized to continue growing student leadership

As John Hudson moves into his second year with Metropolitan Community College, he looks forward to continuing service work with an organization that already has honored him for his efforts to bring about change. Hudson, admissions manager at MCC-Penn Valley, started with the College in June 2016. One of the things on his calendar in ...
[read more]

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 ...
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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 ...
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T-shirts share inspirational messages during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Metropolitan Community College is wrapping up April, known nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with several successful campaigns across the campuses, including the Clothesline Project and Denim Day. The Clothesline Project is a movement that started several years ago and many institutions across the country have adopted the concept. The Clothesline Project is an artistic, ...
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Photo gallery: Hundreds attend MCC-Longview Common Read event with author Wes Moore

Hundreds lined up to get author Wes Moore’s autograph after a successful evening, capping off Metropolitan Community College-Longview’s annual community-wide Common Read. Moore’s book “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” was the semester’s featured reading. It is the third year, the campus has partnered with various community groups to present a spring convocation, featuring a ...
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Structures and Processes

Trustees appoint three new members to MCC Foundation board

Matt Johnson, Ruth Stricklen Pullins and Wayne Strickland have joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board of directors. They were appointed Aug. 24 by the MCC Board of Trustees following nomination and approval by the Foundation board. The new members’ board terms run through 2020. Matt Johnson Johnson, of Olathe, is vice president of marketing ...
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MCC Board of Trustees swears in two new members

Metropolitan Community College’s Board of Trustees swore in its new members on May 9. McClain Bryant, director of policy for Kansas City Mayor Sly James, has been appointed to represent MCC Subdistrict 2, replacing former trustee David Disney, who resigned from the board after moving out of the subdistrict. Phil LeVota, an attorney in private practice, ...
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MCC Board of Trustees appoints two new representatives

Metropolitan Community College’s Board of Trustees has appointed two new members to serve until the next MCC election, when trustees will be elected for the unexpired terms for Subdistrict 2 and Subdistrict 5. McClain Bryant, director of policy for Kansas City Mayor Sly James, has been appointed to represent MCC Subdistrict 2, replacing former trustee ...
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Search underway for MCC trustees for Subdistricts 2 and 5

The Junior College District of Metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri (Metropolitan Community College) is seeking submissions to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The vacancies are in Subdistrict 2 (see walking directions and map) and Subdistrict 5 (see walking directions and map). Trustees for Subdistricts 2 and 5 will be appointed by the remaining members of the ...
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Severe weather awareness week: MCC’s emergency alert system and WeatherBug cameras

March has roared in with a vengeance this year, with several tornadoes causing significant damage in the Kansas City area on Monday, March 6. In light of the devastating storms and the timeliness of it being Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 5-11), Metropolitan Community College would like to remind students, employees and college patrons about ...
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