MCC to host veterans job fair Nov. 8, Veterans Day celebration Nov. 12

Veterans Day is coming up, and Metropolitan Community College will host special events with veterans as the focus.

First, a Veterans Career and Transition Fair will be Friday, Nov. 8, 1-3 p.m., at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center, 31st Street and Pennsylvania. About 30 organizations and businesses — including Cintas Corp., City of Lenexa, Federal Reserve Bank, FedEx Ground, Garmin International, Job Corps and U.S. Border Patrol — will have representatives on hand at this military-focused job fair.

Admission is free. The job fair is sponsored by Metropolitan Community College, Evergy, Grantham University and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Veterans Business Outreach Center. For more information, email

The fourth annual Outreach Business Forum For Those Who Served, presented by MCC and the Veterans Summit Planning Committee, will be held the same day and at the same location, MCC-Penn Valley. This event includes:

  • Workshops to help veteran-owned companies navigate the maze of growing a business (9 a.m.-noon)
  • A “Match Maker” session to bring together veteran-owned enterprises with regional institutions, municipalities and state and federal governments that could do business with them (1-3 p.m.)

Outreach Business Forum activities are free, but registration is required at Email with questions.

Ken Cheadle

Then on Tuesday, Nov. 12, MCC will host the Chancellor’s Veterans Day Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center. The event was established to honor MCC student veterans as well as veterans on the College’s faculty and staff.

Hors d’oeuvres, cake and punch will be served. This event is free and open to everyone, including community members. Please RSVP by Nov. 8 by emailing

Parking will be available in the MCC-Penn Valley lot off 31st Street at Pennsylvania Avenue.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army veteran Ken Cheadle, a former MCC student. Cheadle started his own digital health care solutions firm, KC Newman Solutions. He is also an author (“Millennial Takeover”), speaker and host of “The Adverse Effect” podcast, sharing stories of everyday adversities and perseverance.

The veterans celebration will also include the presentation of a Reggie Helms Memorial Scholarship to an MCC student veteran. The scholarship honors MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty’s late father, who served in Vietnam. The first Helms scholarship was presented at the chancellor’s inauguration in August 2018.

Jeff Ullmann, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and currently MCC’s chief facilities officer, will emcee the program.