This week hundreds of community college leaders from across the state are meeting at the Lake Ozark for The Missouri Community College Association’s annual convention. It is the largest professional development opportunity in Missouri solely focused on community colleges.
The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s 13 community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.
During this week’s fifty-first annual convention 5 Metropolitan Community College students received statewide recognition.
Those recognized were chosen from thousands of peers across the state for their outstanding leadership, innovation and support of their community college campuses.
Student recipients included:
Anna Hirsekorn – Student Leadership Award
Under Anna’s leadership, the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley chapter of Phi Theta Kappa completed their Honors in Action project and moved up from one star status to five star status. It was also through Anna’s work with PTK that she was selected to be part of the small working group that crafted the “Scout Creed” for the MCC-PV campus. In the development of the creed, students were asked to create something that spoke expected behaviors for the entire college community. Anna’s leadership was paramount to the creation and adoption of the creed by her campus.
Kauthar Daud – Student Leadership Award
Kauthar has served as the Social Chair and is currently serving as the President of the Student Ambassador Program at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River. As Social Chair, she organized team-building activities and planned events outside of school and work for the ambassadors to get to know each other on a personal level. As president, Kauthar facilitates team meetings, gives campus tours to a diverse population of students, and provides insight into student involvement and academic success. She also serves as a Peer Mentor at MCC- Blue River where she guides current students toward available campus resources and talks through challenges they may be facing.
Josiah Bell – Student Leadership Award
Josiah has been an active leader of the campus community at Metropolitan Community College – Longview since he began serving as a College 100 Peer Leader. Josiah helps his peers problem solve various life and academic challenges. Josiah also serves as a presidential fellow, a peer mentor, and most recently, a Writing Studio tutor. This semester, he is the president of True Colors and the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. club on campus.
John BeeBee – Student Leadership Award
John has completed all of the required coursework for both the Job Ready and Advanced Certificates in the HVAC program at Metropolitan Community College – Business and Technology. He is currently working to complete his associate’s degree and is maintaining a 3.9 GPA. He has served as a member of the Skills USA organization and has been recognized in several of the organization’s competitions. He also founded the first student-led HVAC club on campus, which allows students to gain valuable lab time and skills while working on system installation and service procedures.
Margarita Araiza – Student Leadership Award
Margarita has served in numerous student leadership roles at Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods, including her role as a member of the Collegiate Activities Board and as Peer Leader. Margarita attended MCCA Rally Day last year where she advocated on behalf of her college, specifically engaging Representative Ryan Silvey. In April 2015, she was invited to attend the MCC Centennial Gala as one of few student members, celebrating 100 years of MCC preparing students, serving communities, and creating opportunities.
In all 11 awards were handed out to MCC students, employees and community members. As comprehensive, open access institutions of higher learning, Missouri’s 13 community colleges serve the diverse learning, workforce, and economic development needs of their communities. The Missouri Community College Association works to connect the colleges and allow leaders to work together to achieve common goals.