Employees, public invited to Veterans Day luncheon Nov. 12 at MCC

Metropolitan Community College will honor student, faculty and staff military veterans at the Chancellor’s Veterans Day Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 12. Employees and the public are invited to attend the free luncheon, which will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center.

Rear Admiral J. Stanton Thompson

The keynote speaker will be Rear Admiral J. Stanton Thompson, a Missouri native who retired as a U.S. Navy reservist in 2005 after 35 years of military service. Thompson, a member of the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s National Advisory Board, will speak on “The Great War” and its enduring impact.

“Educating those who serve and protect continues to be important to our MCC community,” said Chancellor Kimberly Beatty says. “This luncheon is a way to honor that commitment and recognize the achievements of our student veterans.”

Another highlight of the event will be the presentation of a full scholarship to a Metropolitan Community College student veteran.

Veterans are a group near and dear to Dr.  Beatty’s heart. At her recent inauguration, a scholarship was presented to a student veteran in honor of Dr. Beatty’s late father, Reggie Helms, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam.

RSVP for the Chancellor’s Veterans Day Scholarship Luncheon (by Nov. 5, please) at this link: mcckc.edu/webforms/veteranssummit/Registration/Create (click Veterans Scholarship Luncheon at bottom right). Or email Jessica Calderon at Jessica.Calderon@mcckc.edu.

Veterans Outreach Business Forum

Before the luncheon Nov. 12, Metropolitan Community College will welcome local veterans who own businesses. At the third annual Outreach Business Forum For Those Who Have Served, veteran-owned enterprises can learn how to do business with regional institutions and governmental entities. That “Match Maker” activity is from 8 to 10 a.m.

Then, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., workshops will help veteran-owned enterprises navigate the maze of growing a business. Topics include tools for success, certifications, and commercial insurance pitfalls.

Participants in the morning activities are invited to the Veterans Day scholarship luncheon that follows, but veterans and the public can also choose to attend just the lunch. RSVP for  any part of the Outreach Business Forum (by Nov. 5) by using the link above. Or, for more information, email Chris Kelly at Chris.Kelly@mcckc.edu or call 816.604.1106.

The veterans forum is presented by Metropolitan Community College and the Veterans Summit Planning Committee.

Rear Admiral J. Stanton Thompson

Adm. Thompson’s final military assignment was Special Assistant for Reserve Matters to the Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters in Colorado.

He was responsible for the integration of reserve forces into homeland defense, and military support to civil authorities. He also served as a principal advisor to the commander for maritime homeland defense. USNORTHCOM was created following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In addition to service in Vietnam, Thompson was called to active duty in 1990 in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm as the Commander of Port Security Harbor Defense Group Two in Saudi Arabia.