Video: From MCC to MIT – A student’s inspiring story

100 Years, 100 Stories

Video: Cynthia Odu graduated from Kansas City Public School’s Lincoln College Preparatory Academy with a high school diploma. Days later she accepted her associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley as part of the Early College Academy.   The program is a partnership between MCC–Penn Valley and the Kansas City Public Schools.  It is designed for highly motivated students who earn high school credits while also earning college credits as they attend classes, full-time, on a college campus.

Cynthia was accepted to many prestigious schools across country. She received admission to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Carnegie Melon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) just to name a few.  She is going to MIT with scholarships that will pay her way. The most notable scholarship she received is the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award that will pay up to $30,000 per year toward her education. “I am really happy.  I still can’t really believe it. I am hoping to major in computer science and molecular biology and maybe a minor in African Diaspora studies”, said Cynthia.

She is thankful for her education and ready for more.  “I think this is only the beginning.  A lot of the things I have done have been a result of MCC. I have been able to maintain relationships with teachers that I would not have been able to do anywhere else. And those same teachers have come to support me and root for me in a way that I have not experienced anywhere else and it makes me want to achieve my potential. MCC gave me the foundation I need to achieve my dreams,” Cynthia said.

If you want to learn more about the Early College Academy click here.

There are similar programs available at each campus. Please contact the enrollment managers if you are interested in programs for high school students at 816-604-1000