MCC-Penn Valley dedicates new enrollment center in honor of late college leader

The college enrollment process can be daunting for a new student. But MCC-Penn Valley has just made the process a little easier with the opening of the Malcolm T. Wilson Enrollment Center, a one-stop-shop designed to help students navigate enrollment processes with ease.

The enrollment center, named for former MCC leader Malcolm Wilson, brings together the offices of admissions, advising, counseling, financial aid, business services, student employment services and placement testing. Located on the north side of the Penn Valley campus, the center serves as the new main entrance to the 42-year-old campus.

Penn Valley leaders made the decision to centralize student services staff and functions because, “student centers are a key factor in student retention and graduation rates,” said Lisa Minis, Penn Valley’s dean of student services, who spearheaded the design of the space.

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Who was Malcolm T. Wilson?

For 25 years, Malcolm T. Wilson served Metropolitan Community College in a number of leadership roles across the college district. He was dean of student development at MCC-Penn Valley, vice chancellor for student development, officer sponsor for district workplace diversity and president of MCC-Blue River.

“Considering Malcolm Wilson’s contributions to so much of the educational landscape of Kansas City, and to MCC in particular, it seems incredibly appropriate to have a building where people will come to figure out how to transform their lives named after him,” said Joe Seabrooks, president of MCC-Penn Valley.

Malcolm passed away in July 2011. On October 19, 2012, the Malcolm T. Wilson Enrollment Center was dedicated in his memory.