MCC alumnus works to mentor and prepare more students for college

fox4-logo-lgKansas City’s Fox 4 highlighted a local mentoring program that is helping more students succeed in college.  The reporter spoke to Joel Langford, who will graduate with an associate degree from the MCC-Longview campus next spring.

High Aspirations was founded in 2004 to serve the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of African-American males ages 8 to 18. The mentoring program stresses respect for self and others, family and community responsibility and academics, and guides young men on a path toward becoming productive members of society, loving husbands and dutiful fathers.

The group’s founder is Henry W. Wash, an MCC alumnus who along with other mentors bring students to MCC campuses every month to  show them that college is attainable and how they can be in control of their future by the choices they make and the relationships they create.

Henry Wash
Henry Wash

Wash earned his associate degree from MCC-Penn Valley and went on to earn a bachelor’s in sociology, a minor in African-American studies and a master’s in public administration with an emphasis in urban affairs. Wash’s life experience, education and relationships with area business leaders helps him as he works with students navigate through life challenges in order to enter professional or corporate environments.

For more information, visit the High Aspirations website at, or call 816.305.3334.