At summer banquet, MCC-Blue River honors 2017-18 scholarship recipients

  Metropolitan Community College-Blue River honored its scholarship winners for the upcoming school year at a special summer banquet. The scholarship banquet was held June 29 in the campus gym, with more than 160 attendees on hand to celebrate the scholarship recipients. MCC-Blue River President Michael Banks, Ed.D., delivered the welcome and discussed the value …

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 …

New MCC chancellor interviewed by KCUR radio

Dr. Kimberly Beatty, newly appointed Metropolitan Community College chancellor, spoke with public radio station KCUR-FM in one of her first media interviews since taking the helm of the College. In her conversation with reporter Katie Bernard, Beatty jumped right in to voice her willingness to tackle tough strategic decisions that will continue to build MCC’s …

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: MCC-Business and Technology presents new apprenticeship program to KC City Council

Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology representatives were pleased to have the opportunity to tell a Kansas City Council committee about the College’s new apprenticeship program. A four-member team — Shonda Atwater, apprenticeship outreach director; Joseph Roche, dean of instruction; Lou Tobin, division chair for industrial technology; and Roy Konkey, apprenticeship regional director, U.S. Department of Labor …

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 …

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 …

Video: MCC welcomes new chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty

In case you were not able to attend Metropolitan Community College’s reception for Chancellor Kimberly Beatty at the historic Union Station last month, we wanted to share video highlights from the event. Dr. Beatty wants to extend her gratitude for such a warm welcome. The institution’s eighth chancellor joins MCC from Houston Community College, where …

He heard about MCC from the Kansas City Royals (kind of)

Leave it to a Kansas City Royals superfan like Brett Winningham to notice the name of a certain college on the royal-blue background of manager Ned Yost’s post-game press conferences. Living in Lamar, Mo., a town of about 4,500 north of Joplin, the 23-year-old had been thinking about college. He’d never heard of Metropolitan Community …

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) …