#MCCGrads2017: Early college graduates continue to inspire

Part of the 2017 graduating class of early college students from MCC-Penn Valley

Metropolitan Community College is experiencing ongoing success with its early college programs, with expanded growth in the number of graduates completing each year.

Seventy-six high school seniors, from four MCC campuses, earned their associate degrees in 2017. That is up from 61 in 2016.

MCC’s early college programs are an opportunity for students to get started on the college and career path before graduating from high school.  Students can graduate from high school with college credits, miles ahead of their peers.

This year’s graduating class garnered the attention of several media outlets.

Broadcast news reports included coverage by Terra Hall from KSHB’s “41 Action News” and Taisha Walker from KMBC, Channel 9.

Each reporter spoke with early college graduates to get an inside look at the program at MCC-Penn Valley.

KMBC/KCWE report:

KSHB report:  Click here to view.

Other early college graduate media coverage included an article in the Independence Examiner, featuring graduates from the MCC-Blue River program:   Click here to read “Independence AAUW honors ISD students”

Breakdown of the 2017 early college graduates across the five campuses:

  • MCC-Blue River: 7
  • MCC-Longview: 17
  • MCC-Maple Woods: 6
  • MCC-Penn Valley: 46

Early College at MCC:

MCC offers six different programs collegewide for high school students that provide career exploration, technical certification and dual credit up to an associate degree. Click here to learn more about the individual campus programs.