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MCC and Northwest Missouri State launch FastTracks

Metropolitan Community College and Northwest Missouri State University are excited to announce an update to their new joint enrollment pilot program with the first students enrolling in the FastTracks program for the fall 2017 semester.

Click here to enroll in the program.

FastTracks is designed to improve access and affordability, giving students the chance to save time and money as both schools work together to pave a better, more successful pathway to graduation.

The Kansas City community will learn more about the program Tuesday, April 25, at a news conference at the Northland Innovation Center in Gladstone, which is home to Northwest-Kansas City.

  • What:  Approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) in February, FastTracks is a concurrent enrollment model that meets a joint goal of increasing the number of students completing associate and bachelor’s degrees in an accelerated format. The program will provide a seamless transition from a community college to a four-year institution, all while decreasing the average time of degree completion and lowering the cost of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Who:  Speakers at the news conference include MCC Chancellor Mark James, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, Northwest-Kansas City Director Dr. Terry Barmann, MDHE Commissioner Zora Mulligan and future FastTracks students.
  • When: Tuesday, April 25, 1 p.m.
  • Where: Northwest Missouri State University-Kansas City, 6889 N. Oak Trafficway, Suite 400, Gladstone, MO, fourth floor entry way.

FastTracks Facts:

  • Classes will be offered at both MCC and Northwest-Kansas City.
  • For the first two years, students will take classes primarily at a MCC campus, while taking one course per semester at Northwest-Kansas City.
  • After completing the associate of arts degree, students will finish bachelor’s degree programs at Northwest-Kansas City.
  • Degrees are available in four program areas: business management, communication: public relations, applied health science, and education: elementary education with language arts concentration
  • Student must meet placement scores (ACT or Accuplacer) to take college-level English, reading and math courses
  • Normal tuition and fees from MCC and Northwest will be assessed with one exception: during the first two years, students will take one Northwest course per semester and be charged at the MCC rate.

FastTracks Quotes:

  • “We are fortunate to be able to continue our strategic partnership with Northwest Missouri State in such a unique and exciting way,” Chancellor James says. “This partnership provides both of our colleges the opportunity to show how innovative measures like concurrent enrollment can lay the groundwork for an even greater success rate for our students. Metropolitan Community College is honored to help blaze the trail from MCC to Bearcat country as we help future graduates save time and money.”
  • “As the partnership between Northwest and MCC grows and develops new initiatives, the real winners are the Kansas City-area students,” says Director Barmann. “Quality education embedded with workforce experience, seamless transfer between institutions and career path advising from day one gives KC area students a great opportunity for success in their chosen careers.”

To read more about the state’s initial approval of the FastTracks program, click here.

About Northwest Missouri State University

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its flagship Maryville campus as well as a Kansas City location. Northwest’s offers a vibrant and diverse learning community of more than 6,500 students and places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. For more information about Northwest, visit

About Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College is Kansas City’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, with 2016-17 marking its 102nd academic year. The college was founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute and became known as the Junior College of Kansas City in 1919. Its five campuses — MCC-Blue River, MCC-Business & Technology, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods and MCC-Penn Valley — educate more than 30,000 students annually through credit and noncredit courses and business services. For more information, visit