From MCC to the World Series twice

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To put it simply, “it has been a blast,” explained Clinton Elder, talking about being around the Kansas City Royals’ post-season success.

Elder works as a member of the Royals grounds crew.  His role is to make sure the stadium looks perfect at game time.

He said he loves his job and even admitted to a few pre-game jitters.

“To have hundreds of thousands of eyes on my work, looking at the grounds here at Kauffman Stadium, that is pressure,” he said. “But a good kind of pressure. It makes me want to show off our great ballpark, our great team and our great city to the world.”

RoyalsAlumni2Elder graduated in the summer of 2014 from Metropolitan Community College. He attend the MCC-Longview campus and earned a certificate in grounds and turf Maintenance.

He was already employed by the Royals before he started taking classes at MCC, but Elder said the program gave him the tools he needed to be even more successful.

“It helped a lot. I learned so much. I was able to take what I learned and of course couple that with hands-on experience at work, but the skills and knowledge I gained from the program truly prepared me for what I do.”

As for having such a close connection to the World Series two years in a row? “It is so exciting,” he said. “I believe in this organization and I believe in this team. It’s such a good feeling to be around so much energy.”

The grounds and turf maintenance program has now been discontinued. Elder was part of the student group that benefited from the program the last time these courses were offered at MCC in 2014.