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Middle College grads seize the chance to complete their education

They dropped out for a variety of reasons but they all returned because of the same idea. They wanted to complete their high school education and improve their lives. On Dec. 11, 2018, the latest graduates from the Middle College program — a partnership of Kansas City Public Schools, Metropolitan Community College and Full Employment …

More than 3,000 MCC students earn spots on Dean’s List for Fall 2018

Metropolitan Community College has released the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. Across MCC’s five campuses, nearly 20 percent of students earned the academic distinction. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours. Earning Dean’s List recognition is an …

Father and twin sons learn together, work together on this MCC campus

Kyle Eslinger and his twin sons are close. Especially when they’re at the MCC-Business and Technology HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) facility. Kyle, a Navy veteran, is the lab technician for the HVAC program.  His 17-year-old sons Tanner and Trey are his student workers. Together they make sure the lab and equipment are ready …

Cadets graduate from MCC police and fire academies

Metropolitan Community College’s mission is “preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities.” Cadets from MCC’s police academy and fire academy are now seizing the opportunity to serve their communities as well. Nine police recruits and 34 fire recruits graduated Dec. 17 and 18. Both ceremonies were held at MCC-Blue River’s Public Safety Institute. Fire Academy graduates …

Here are the most-read MCC stories in 2018

By Chris Meggs and Tim Engle Metropolitan Community College’s mission is preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunities. As we start a new year looking forward to new opportunities to put our mission into action, we also want to take time to look back at the accomplishments of 2018. To generate this year’s list, we …

MCC welding students help light up the holidays at Powell Gardens

They are among the newest welders in Kansas City, but their work will be seen by thousands of people. Students in the Metropolitan Community College Welding Department were asked to help make Powell Gardens’ Festival of Lights even more special this year. The festival, which runs through Jan. 6, features botanically-themed lighting displays along a …

Missouri freshman legislators tour MCC’s Health Science Institute

It was Metropolitan Community College’s time to shine in front of a group of state lawmakers. Freshman Missouri legislators stopped by MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Institute Dec. 5 as part of a day of tours coordinated by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The MCC stop was intended to showcase the value of an …

National Apprenticeship Week: Speed interviews connect students, employers

It’s a golden opportunity for Metropolitan Community College students seeking Gold Collar jobs. As part of National Apprenticeship Week, MCC-Business & Technology set  up speed interviews for students studying to be  welders, industrial electricians, maintenance mechanics and machining and tool and die specialists on Nov. 14. The event mirrors the modern concept of speed dating, …

MCC honors two students with scholarships at Veterans Day luncheon

Standing proud and tall, Metropolitan Community College honored the veterans among its students, faculty and staff. They gathered at the annual Chancellor’s Veterans Day Scholarship Luncheon at MCC-Penn Valley on Nov. 12. This year’s scholarship winners are MCC students Steven Dinwiddie and David McHenry.   The two veterans each received $2,500 to attend MCC. Cpl. Steven …