MCC receives $1.25 million grant to serve military veterans

Metropolitan Community College has been awarded a $1.25 million grant to provide veterans with intensive academic and support services necessary to achieve success in college.

The funding, which will be paid out over five years, comes from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of a Veterans Upward Bound grant. The primary goal is to increase the rate at which veterans enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.

The grant was awarded to 46 higher education institutions across the country, with MCC-Penn Valley being the only recipient in Missouri.

While MCC already serves many veterans, this grant will allow the college to better support those without important basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in core subject areas. Program components include instruction in math, laboratory science, literature, foreign language and composition, as well as support services such as personal counseling, financial aid, and college and career path selection.

MCC is expanding outreach efforts to area veteran-serving organizations in order to reduce barriers for all veteran students.

“With so many veterans residing in the metropolitan area–33,124 in Kansas City alone–we can assist as they return to civilian life and seek training that prepares them for employment that earns them a living wage,” said MCC Chancellor Mark James.

Prospective veteran students interested in learning more about the Veterans Upward Bound program should contact Toni Alexander at or 816.604.4316.