Five MCC students win Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships

During the first three years of the Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship program at Metropolitan Community College, one service-minded Early College student received the honor annually. But this year,  with support from the MCC Foundation, the program expanded: Five students, one from each campus, received a $500 award. To be eligible, students had to …

Three MCC employees named to KC Black Achievers Society

Three Metropolitan Community College employees — Ayanna Bridges, Jackie Gill and Christal Waters — have been selected to join the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City. The group, founded by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver in 1974 (five years before the former Kansas City mayor was first elected to the City Council), honors local African-American …

Special Saturday hours help hundreds of students enroll

Nearly 500 students took advantage of extended enrollment hours Saturday, Jan. 13, across Metropolitan Community College’s five campuses. Spring semester classes started Jan. 16. Radio station Hot 103 Jamz did a remote broadcast at the MCC-Longview campus to promote the Saturday hours. Personality Julee Jonez interviewed MCC Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty and Vice Chancellor Dr. Kathrine …

MCC people, programs featured at national agriculture event in KC

Metropolitan Community College’s Business & Technology campus was well represented at a recent gathering of more than 200 U.S. and Canadian legislators. The State Agriculture and Rural Leaders’ Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit was held in Kansas City Jan. 5-7. Shonda Atwater, MCC’s apprenticeship outreach director, spoke to the rural education committee, and “all of our …

#MCCGrads2018: Student speaker candidates sought for commencement

Metropolitan Community College’s 2018 commencement ceremony in May will feature a student speaker in addition to the keynote speaker. A student commencement speaker will be a first in MCC’s seven-year history of one ceremony for all five campuses, which started in 2012. Before that, each campus held its own graduation. The 2018 student speaker must …

Access and equity: Are community colleges the answer?

In a recent Community College Daily article,  Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty writes: “Community colleges were built to democratize higher education — provide access to higher education to provide greater earning potential for ALL, not those who could afford it or came from the best neighborhoods, or those who came from the best …

MLK Day is a day on, not a day off for MCC students and employees

Metropolitan Community College will again honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining in the nationwide volunteer service initiative on the federal holiday commemorating his birth. Organizers of the MLK Day of Service would like participants to think of Monday, Jan. 15, as “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” …

10 memorable MCC stories from 2017

Metropolitan Community College was On the MOVE in 2017, and we’re looking forward to continuing the momentum in 2018. As is the practice this time of year, we’re taking a look back — at 10 significant MCC News stories from the past 12 months. From a new chancellor to a new mascot, the MCC campuses …

KC Scholars gave her the chance to return to MCC and complete her degree

Metropolitan Community College will graduate one of the first scholarship winners from a unique citywide program launched just this year. Teeka Hodge, a 26-year-old Kansas City woman, is finishing up her associate in arts degree at MCC-Maple Woods this December, thanks in part to assistance from KC Scholars. KC Scholars is a community collaboration, developed …