MCC Foundation honors Shields, Kennel Club, Kopecky, Weaver

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation and Alumni Association honored several special MCC supporters at the 2012 MCC Gratitude Reception on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Chancellor Mark James and MCC-Maple Woods president Merna Saliman presented the 2012 Outstanding Community Supporter Award to the Heart of America Kennel Club for the club’s support of the Maple Woods veterinary technology program. In addition to the Kennel Club’s recurring financial contributions, which provide scholarships to students enrolled in the program, the club also provides stethoscopes for each new vet tech student.

“While area employers depend on MCC to produce a skilled and educated workforce, MCC depends on financial support from area foundations, corporations, clubs and organizations to maintain and expand the programs that prepare students for careers,” James said. “Without this extra financial support, we would not be able to offer scholarships to students in need or provide the proper facilities to enhance learning.”

Kennel Club Award
Chancellor Mark James presents Bob Goodin, president of the Heart of America Kennel Club, with the Outstanding Community Supporter award.


Chancellor James then presented the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award to alumnus Charlie Shields, who currently serves as chief operating officer at Truman Medical Center and is a former Missouri state senator.

“It gives me great pleasure to honor someone who has done so much for the community and made so many contributions to the place we call home,” James said.

Charlie Shields AWARD
Chancellor Mark James presents Charlie Shields with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Finally, Chancellor James presented the 2012 Outstanding Student Advocate Award to Keet Kopecky, biology instructor at MCC-Longview, and Janet Weaver, counselor at MCC-Maple Woods, for their tireless efforts in support of students.

For more photos from the event, visit the Metropolitan Community College Kansas City Facebook page.