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MCC alum becomes Maryville University’s youngest African-American grad

Rapulu Okolo continues to flourish after seizing the opportunity to launch her educational and professional dreams at Metropolitan Community College. She attended MCC’s Early College Academy at MCC-Penn Valley while a high school student at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Kansas City. She graduated in May 2017, earning both her high school …

SkillUP training can ‘break those walls down,’ lead to a good job

Amy Mattingly’s plans are simple. Keep fighting and keep moving forward. She says it was the SkillUP program offered through Metropolitan Community College that helped give her momentum. Mattingly, 36, is an overcomer. She says she has survived physical and sexual abuse. She lost both of her parents and is raising three children on her …

#MCCGrads2019: More photos from commencement

We have more photos to share from Metropolitan Community College’s commencement May 16. These photos were taken by GradImages photographers, the same people who took lots of pictures of individual grads that night. The company has sent photo proofs to students who provided an email or mailing address. If you have any questions, you can …

MCC baseball player signs with the Milwaukee Brewers

Kevin Hardin’s field of dreams may be in Milwaukee. The Brewers selected the Metropolitan Community College first baseman with the 1,003rd pick in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball draft. “It’s an opportunity that I have been working for for a long time,” Hardin told  the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal. “It’s definitely a blessing …

New ADA entrances added to MCC Administrative Center

A new entrance that’s compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been added to the ground level of Metropolitan Community College’s Administrative Center. It replaces the old access to the building through the parking garage and includes a new ramp that will make entry easier. MCC Chief Facilities Officer Jeff Ullman says …

‘Agent of change’ who brings hope to others honored with national fellowship

It’s an honor that Crystal Rhodes didn’t see coming. The Metropolitan Community College-Longview student has been awarded a Newman Civic Fellowship. Rhodes says she didn’t know the fellowship even existed or that she was being considered. The Newman Civic Fellowship supports students’ personal, professional and civic development. That includes resources to help fuel their passion and …

#MCCGrads2019: More photos from commencement

Once again, we’d like to congratulate the nearly 2,400 Metropolitan Community College students who earned more than 3,000 associate degrees and certificates this year. Here we’re sharing another batch of photos from the May 16 commencement ceremony at Municipal Auditorium. To view our first photo gallery and the commencement livestream video, click on this link: …