100 Years, 100 Stories
Senator Ryan Silvey presented an official resolution to Chancellor Mark James on behalf of the Missouri State Senate congratulating the College as it celebrates 100 years of service.
“Members of the Missouri Senate, Ninety-eighth General Assembly, join in congratulating Metropolitan Community College on its One Hundredth Anniversary of providing education excellence and service to students and in wishing all those involved this legislative body’s heartiest best wishes for continued success in the years to come. ”
Senator Silvery represents the 17th Senatorial District. The 17th District is located in the Southwest corner of Clay County, and includes parts of Kansas City, Gladstone, Oaks, Oakwood Park, Oakview, Liberty, Glenaire, Pleasant Valley, Claycomo, North Kansas City, Avondale, Randolph and Birmingham.
Missouri Senate Resolution
Whereas, the members of the Missouri Senate wish to honor Metropolitan Community College as it celebrates the One Hundredth Anniversary of its founding; and
Whereas, the Kansas City School Board needed an opportunity to provide higher education locally as many parents did not think their children were mature enough to leave home and they also could not afford tuition plus room and board for traditional universities; and
Whereas, on May 29, 1915, the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute was established by the Board of Education as the first public institution of higher education in Kansas City and on September 7, it began classes with 200 students in attendance; and
Whereas, originally free to students 21 years and younger who lived within the school district, the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute was one of the first two-year colleges in the United States to award the associate degree and it became a national model for two-year post-secondary education; and
Whereas, in 1964, seven suburban school districts joined forces with the Kansas City School District to create Metropolitan Community College; and
Whereas, by December of 2005, several campuses existed and they joined together to become one Metropolitan Community College with a goal to create a more unified district to serve the needs of students all of the greater Kansas City region; and
Whereas, today, Metropolitan Community College has transformed into the largest public education provider in the area with 37,000 students and it is proud to be one of the premier community college districts in the nation:
Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that we, the members of the Missouri Senate, Ninety-eighth General Assembly, join in congratulating Metropolitan Community College on its One Hundredth Anniversary of providing education excellence and service to students and in wishing all those involved this legislative body’s heartiest best wishes for continued success in the years to come; and
Be in Further Resolved that the Secretary of the senate be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
Offered by Senator Silvey