MCC welding students help light up the holidays at Powell Gardens

They are among the newest welders in Kansas City, but their work will be seen by thousands of people. Students in the Metropolitan Community College Welding Department were asked to help make Powell Gardens’ Festival of Lights even more special this year. The festival, which runs through Jan. 6, features botanically-themed lighting displays along a …

Rusty Sullivan named MCC director of career programs

Rusty Sullivan, former director of Metropolitan Community College’s Public Safety Institute and a skydiver, beekeeper and welder in his spare time, has been named director of career programs. He started in his new role Nov. 1. Sullivan started at MCC in 2001 as a part-time fire academy instructor. He went full time, as fire science …

MCC art instructor blooms larger than life on Crossroads billboards

It’s unlikely you’ll ever see Bernadette Torres without a flower in her hair. But now, if you drive by a pair of billboards on Southwest Boulevard, you’ll discover a self-portrait of the Metropolitan Community College art instructor with bouquets of flowers in her hair and seemingly flying out of it. Torres, also director of MCC-Penn …

Missouri freshman legislators tour MCC’s Health Science Institute

It was Metropolitan Community College’s time to shine in front of a group of state lawmakers. Freshman Missouri legislators stopped by MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Institute Dec. 5 as part of a day of tours coordinated by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The MCC stop was intended to showcase the value of an …

MCC takes part in World AIDS Day events

The week of World AIDS Day 2018 showcased global solidarity for those who are living with or have died from the disease. Metropolitan Community College’s Penn Valley campus held a World AIDS Day ceremony Nov. 30, in which students joined faculty member Nancy Harrington in reading names of Kansas Citians who’ve died from the disease, …

MCC students pack to give back to families in need

About 25 students from Metropolitan Community College took learning out of the classroom and into a volunteering opportunity that will mean a brighter holiday for a local families. The students, who are part of history instructor Crystal Moore’s class, headed out to Harvesters, one of the area’s most well-known food banks, to make a difference. …

Slide show: Students celebrate culture at International Festival

Brightly colored fashion and huge smiles were abundant at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley’s annual International Festival. More than 200 MCC students participated in this year’s event on Nov. 16. The festival, organized by the College’s Applied Language Institute (ALI), features the cultures and traditions of the dozens of countries that are native to its students. Every …

National Apprenticeship Week: Speed interviews connect students, employers

It’s a golden opportunity for Metropolitan Community College students seeking Gold Collar jobs. As part of National Apprenticeship Week, MCC-Business & Technology set  up speed interviews for students studying to be  welders, industrial electricians, maintenance mechanics and machining and tool and die specialists on Nov. 14. The event mirrors the modern concept of speed dating, …

‘BlacKkKlansman’ co-writer and the police officer who inspired the film to speak at MCC’s MLK luncheon Jan. 18

One of the screenwriters of the recent Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman” and the African-American police officer who inspired the film will be the featured speakers at the Metropolitan Community College Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon. The event will be Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown hotel, …

Annual MCCA awards honor faculty and staff

The annual Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) convention again showcased the top talent at Metropolitan Community College.  A large continent of MCC colleagues was there to help celebrate the awards bestowed on College honorees. MCCA handed out its awards in Branson on Nov. 9. Here’s a look at this year’s recipients: Governor’s Awards for Excellence …