Free advising for KC college-bound students offered at two MCC campuses

From help with the FAFSA form to answers about admissions, enrollment or financing, Kansas City area students looking to go to college in the fall can take advantage of free counseling through a program at two of the Metropolitan Community College campuses.

The College Connections Center provides free one-on-one advising to any college-bound student and their family. Students from high schools in Missouri or Kansas and adult learners are welcome, no matter where they’d like to to college, even out of state.

College Connections Center advisers Quana Atkins and Brynn Thibault

Counselors are trained to advise students on all processes related to college planning. Advisers Quana Atkins, Brynn Thibault and Tyler Tucker are not far out of college themselves, having graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016.

“We can relate to the students a bit more,” said Atkins, College Connections Center manager.

College adviser Tyler Tucker

The College Connections Center is a program of the Missouri College Advising Corps, established in 2007 at the University of Missouri thanks to a $1 million grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The CCC program aims to combat the phenomenon known as summer melt, “when students are intending to go to college but yet they don’t actually end up in college in the fall,” said Brittany Cleek, MCAC college transition and retention coordinator.

Cleek said summer melt affects about 40 percent of students, “usually because they do not have access to get help with the college-going process during the summer and they get discouraged.”

The program is mostly geared toward recent high school graduates, specifically those that are underrepresented in higher education, like first-generation college students.

MCC has provided space for the CCC program since its launch in 2014.

MCC-Longview campus

The College Connections Center is open now through July 26, except on Independence Day. Counselors are available at these MCC campuses:

  • MCC-Penn Valley: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, inside the Applied Language Institute in the Humanities building
  • MCC-Longview: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Room 243 in the Martin Campus Center

Thibault says the advisers try to embody the mission of the MCAC: Empower Missouri Students to Go to College and Succeed.

“If we help them during the summer, then they’ll know who to turn to during the year,” Thibault said.

Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. More info: 573.882.4130 or

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