Photo gallery: Kids2College opens students’ eyes to a college education

Sixth-graders get a glimpse of the college experience — and the MCC Wolf — during Kids2College.

College isn’t something many sixth-graders think about. But that may have changed for sixth-graders in Kansas City Public Schools.

Metropolitan Community College hosted the sixth annual Kids2College program March 5-6 on the Penn Valley campus. It’s designed to open the eyes of local sixth-graders and expand their dreams about the future.

There were morning and afternoon sessions, each featuring six stations with hands-on activities designed to spark students’ interests.

Close to 800 students took part in Kids2College over two days. It was originally scheduled to be three days, but Monday, March 4,  was called off after winter weather forced cancellation of KCPS classes.

Here are some pictures from this year’s Kids2College event. (Photos by Chris Meggs and Tim Engle, MCC, and Julius Foster, Kansas City Public Schools)

KCPS sixth-graders pose for a picture with the MCC Wolf.
Students get creative with LEGOs in a session organized by MCC’s College for Kids program.
MCC student volunteer Johnny Radillo helps a group of sixth-graders he was assigned to.
MCC student volunteer Lucas Alaback (left) works with students on a virtual welding machine.
A sixth-grader tries on firefighting equipment.
One stop featured MCC’s radiologic technology program.
A group of sixth-graders experiments with a virtual welding machine while learning about possible future careers.
A KMBC, Channel 9, photographer shoots video of Kids2College for a news story.
Thanks to KSHB, 41 Action News, for also covering Kids2College.
MCC community education coordinator Adam Kisler talks with students during one stop of the Kids2College program.
The MCC Wolf is popular with the sixth-graders.
The gym in the Physical Education building at MCC-Penn Valley was one of many stops for the students.