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Tim Engle works in MCC's Communications and Public Relations office. Have a story idea? Call him at 816.604.1338 or email Tim.Engle@mcckc.edu.

Retired MCC instructor’s unusual honor: A plant named after him

You’ve heard of flowery resumes. But how about a resume that includes the honor of having a flowering plant named after you? Dr. David Belt, a retired Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley biology instructor, can now claim a tropical plant as his namesake. Its official, scientific moniker:¬†Anthurium davidbeltianum Croat. Anthurium is a large genus of flowering …

MCC campus honors a ‘full of smiles’ student with a special bench

When Metropolitan Community College-Blue River student John Marrs III died unexpectedly on Dec. 1, 2016, “a lot of people were really devastated, including myself,” remembers his friend Tianalexa Turner. “He was just the nicest kid,” says Turner, who got to know John working on a student TV show at William Chrisman High School in Independence. …

Geography instructor taking a deep dive into Poland this summer

A Metropolitan Community College-Longview instructor is spending part of the summer in Poland to “explore the relationship between the United States and Poland and delve into politics, national security, culture and economics.” Geography instructor Victor Meledge-Ade was chosen to participate in the 2018 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program. It provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad …

Students in MCC’s Summer Jumpstart have ‘all the support in the world’

Eleven new Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley students are spending the summer acquiring success skills, brushing up on math and being introduced to campus resources. The eight-week, half-day program is called Project Success Summer Jumpstart. As the name suggests, it’s an offshoot of Penn Valley’s Project Success, which provides a variety of support services for select …

FastTracks, MCC partnership with Northwest Missouri State, on track for Fall ’18 launch

FastTracks — a program that lets students earn a Metropolitan Community College associate degree and a Northwest Missouri State bachelor’s degree in four years without leaving the Kansas City area — is enrolling students and will launch in August. “We’re excited about FastTracks,” says Andy Minor, enrollment manager at MCC-Maple Woods. “We’re looking to get …