More than 25 community leaders generously volunteer their time, talent and resources by serving on the MCC Foundation Board of Directors. The group works to advance the mission of the College through philanthropy, advocacy and volunteerism.
Carolyn Watley, president of benefits and insurance for the Kansas City office of CBIZ, is one of the gracious individuals who gives her time to MCC. She has been active on the Foundation board since joining in October 2009, including serving as committee chair for the annual Five Star Gala in 2011 and 2012, and program committee chair for the 2015 Centennial Celebration, which raised the most money of any event in the Foundation’s history.
Watley hosted a lunch-and-learn event Jan. 19 at the CBIZ Kansas City office, where Chancellor Mark James and MCC-Penn Valley Interim President Tony Ross shared the MCC story with CBIZ employees. They talked about early college programs for high school students, high-demand career programs and workforce training such as MCC’s health care programs.
Employees were able to learn more about what MCC offers students and the community and ask questions. A few CBIZ employees even shared personal MCC success stories and how the College helped their family’s educational journeys.
CBIZ is a national company that delivers financial and employee business services that include accounting, employee benefits, property and casualty brokerage and risk consulting, valuation consulting and retirement plan services. CBIZ has more than 100 offices and 4,000 associates across the country.
“We are humbled and honored to have such a strong connection with Carolyn,” Chancellor James said. “She has dedicated countless hours serving on the MCC Foundation Board of Directors. I can’t say enough about how great Carolyn is and how thankful we are as a College to have her support.”
Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement Jessica Ramirez said that foundation board members have been hosting events for small groups of their colleagues to connect MCC with more community members.
“We have such a strong group of individuals who want to positively transform lives in our community,” Ramirez said. “Hosting these types of events and allowing our leaders to talk about MCC with their colleagues helps us explain why we need community support to continue to enhance the overall college experience for students. I am beyond grateful to our board for affording us these community engagement opportunities.”
The MCC Foundation partners with individuals and organizations to provide philanthropic investment in scholarships, academic programs and campus resources. The Foundation maintains more than 160 named scholarships and academic support funds created by generous donors.