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Art show ‘The Sirens of SoMo: The Unexpected’ opens Oct. 7

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Carter Art Center Gallery proudly presents a Fall 2016 exhibit, “The Sirens of SoMo: The Unexpected.” About the exhibit: A montage of street culture photography, paintings depicting female strength, and hand-rubbed collages torn from the pages of National Geographic. Show dates:   Oct. 7-Nov. 11 Location:   MCC-Penn Valley Carter Art …

MCC-Penn Valley instructors are superhuman volunteers

Metropolitan Community College biology instructors by day, superhuman experts by night? In a manner of speaking, yes. Two MCC-Penn Valley instructors have donated hundreds of hours to assist with the “Body Worlds” exhibit at Kansas City’s Union Station. It continues through Oct. 23. MCC’s Steven Lewis and Gene Cota have each completed more than 100 …

MCC alum and former NBA star’s basketball clinic brings celebs to campus

For 10 years, former NBA player and Metropolitan Community College alumnus Clay Johnson has been bringing joy to young Kansas City basketball fans with an action-packed weekend, featuring celebrities and lots of hoop time. MCC is proud to be among the sponsors of this year’s Clay Johnson Foundation Celebrity Weekend: Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, …

MCC-Maple Woods student honored as Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholar

They are called Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, and Metropolitan Community College is proud to have another student receive the title. Jennifer Elpert, a second-year student at MCC-Maple Woods, says she was “incredibly excited” to learn of the award. The North Kansas City High school graduate will complete her MCC associate degree in biology in …

MCC theater students create magic, help Harvesters and explore world of film

It is a theater class that is three in one (Theater  120-Acting I, Theater  121-Elements of Play Production, and Theater 220-Acting II)  at Metropolitan Community College, but the experience is about much more than the action on the classroom stage. It’s also about learning the value of service to the community. Anne Mahoney’s Fall 2016 acting students at …

MCC hosts regional higher-ed Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion

It was a full house for the annual Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion for Under-represented Populations, hosted by Metropolitan Community College. More than 200 participants from  MCC and the surrounding academic community shared in the experience Sept. 16. The event was held on the MCC-Penn Valley campus, with opening remarks by MCC Chancellor Mark James. …

MCC announces new associate vice chancellor of advancement

Jessica Ramirez has been appointed associate vice chancellor of advancement for Metropolitan Community College. Ramirez joins MCC after having served as senior development director for St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit for the past five years. There, Ramirez led annual fundraising and major-gift solicitation and established special events aimed at increasing donor giving. Prior …

MCC offers assistance to displaced ITT Tech students

In light of the nationwide discontinuation of classes by ITT Technical Educational Services, Metropolitan Community College is working with students displaced by ITT as they search for options to fulfill their academic goals. ITT announced immediate suspension of its classes Tuesday, Sept. 6. It operated one campus in Kansas City and another in Overland Park. …

TV reporter checks out MCC ballet class for ‘absolute beginners’

While the Fall 2016 semester is already in full swing at Metropolitan Community College, there is still time to sign up for community education classes. The title of one upcoming community ed course caught the eye of a local television reporter. “Adult Ballet for the Absolute Beginner” is described as a true beginner’s class for …

MCC-Longview PTK chapter collecting water for Flint, Mich.

The Metropolitan Community College-Longview Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter has launched a community service project to help a community that continues to be in the national headlines. From Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the PTK students will be collecting water for Flint, Mich. The collection station is in the MCC-Longview Campus Center cafeteria. The …