A tree is planted in Maryville to honor MCC’s 100th birthday


100 Years, 100 Stories

Metropolitan Community College has a new Somerset maple tree planted on Northwest Missouri State University’s campus in Maryville to honor MCC’s important centennial milestone and recognize the College’s growth and service.

This year marks MCC’s 100th anniversary. The Kansas City Polytechnic Institute was officially established by the Kansas City Board of Education in 1915 as the first public institution of higher education in Kansas City. The Institute was located at 11th and Locust streets, and doors first opened on Sept. 7, 1915, with about 200 students.

A century later, MCC has now evolved into the largest public education provider in the area and is one of the premier community college districts in the nation. With five campuses located across the metropolitan community — MCC-Blue River, MCC-Business and Technology, MCC- Longview, MCC-Maple Woods and MCC- Penn Valley — the College serves more than 37,000 students every year. MCC Works to prepare students, serve communities and create opportunities.

John Jasinski, Ph.D, president of Northwest Missouri State, said he wanted to make sure MCC was represented  in the Missouri State Arboretum on his campus.

“We at Northwest have planted and dedicated a Somerset maple tree near the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in honor of our partnership with Metropolitan Community College and your centennial celebration. Congratulations as you continue to grow and serve. We look forward to our partnership continuing for many years to come,” Jasinski said.

Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year regional university that also offers graduate degree programs. The university was originally established in 1905.

MCC and Northwest have recently partnered on several initiatives, including transfer agreements and early college programs, and currently Northwest is offering classes on the MCC-Maple Woods campus. Given both institutions’ success in achieving state performance benchmarks, this partnership helps enhance post-secondary education as well as the regional workforce.