MCC people, programs featured at national agriculture event in KC

MCC-Business & Technology president Dr. Jackie Gill on a fertilizer spreader at a recent State Ag and Rural Leaders event in Kansas City

Metropolitan Community College’s Business & Technology campus was well represented at a recent gathering of more than 200 U.S. and Canadian legislators.

The State Agriculture and Rural Leaders’ Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit was held in Kansas City Jan. 5-7. Shonda Atwater, MCC’s apprenticeship outreach director, spoke to the rural education committee, and “all of our awesome skilled trades programs were on display for agricultural leaders across the nation,” she says.

Business & Technology’s Gold Collar Jobs trailer was on display as well. BT staff had a great time watching farmers try their hand at the virtual welder. And in other news, campus president Dr. Jackie Gill climbed aboard a Case IH fertilizer spreader and honked the horn.

The nonpartisan event provided opportunities for elected state and provincial officials with an interest in agriculture and rural communities to work together, network, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

MCC’s Shonda Atwater and Ryan Meador (right) with Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson