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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.

Photo gallery: MCC-Blue River campus celebrates its 20th birthday

Metropolitan Community College-Blue River’s 20th birthday party was just like any other, complete with cake, balloons and singing. New MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty was on hand Aug. 29 at the Campus Center to lead students and employees in two renditions of “Happy Birthday”: the traditional one and the chorus of the Stevie Wonder version. Check …

MCC instructor Sam Beckett featured in KCPT ode to backyard baseball

MCC-Penn Valley instructor Sam Beckett’s own field of dreams is featured in a new KCPT online series, “Call of the Sandlot.” It can also be seen on TV, debuting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, on the public television station (Channel 19). In 1998, Beckett and his wife, Ana, turned a kind-of-overgrown “pie-shaped wedge” of …

Photo gallery: Welcome to a brand-new school year!

Wednesday, Aug. 23, was the first day of Metropolitan Community College’s 103rd academic year. It’s great to see everyone! Best wishes for a successful, fulfilling year. Here are some first-day scenes from around MCC (click any photo to see it larger): It was Laker Blue Day at MCC-Longview, with free T-shirts, wristbands and candy at …

Textbook author Tom Wheeler is now a publisher, too

If you never got around to finding a beach read — or a beach — this summer, might we suggest this title by one of MCC’s own: “Electronic Communications for Professionals.” Too weighty? Maybe. But if you’re interested in radio signals, high-definition television, GPS systems, data communications and related topics, this could be the book …

Escape rooms at MCC? No, just a student training exercise

When it comes to escape rooms, a little stress is part of the deal. The idea is that several people are trapped in a room until they deduce their way out, using smarts and teamwork. But when Metropolitan Community College’s FOCUS program designed escape rooms for students serving as supplemental instruction leaders, claustrophobia wasn’t in …

MCC student goes behind the cameras at 41 Action News

MCC-Penn Valley student John Ross didn’t actually make it on TV during a recent visit to KSHB, Channel 41, but he got pretty close. Ross, 25, spent a day job-shadowing at “41 Action News.” He’s working on his associate in arts degree at MCC now and plans to transfer to UMKC to study broadcast journalism. …

Catching up with the winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at MCC

Editor’s note: Chebet Buckner, the 2017 winner of the Chancellor’s MLK Scholarship, compiled this story. Every winter, Metropolitan Community College honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through a collegewide day of service. In addition to this, one outstanding early-college student is chosen to receive a $500 scholarship. First offered in 2015, the Chancellor’s …

Thanks to SkillUP, these Kansas Citians are acquiring job skills at MCC for free

Minutes before entering a classroom at Metropolitan Community College’s Health Science Institute, Katrinia Maldonado admitted to being both excited and anxious. “This is my first time ever being able to attend college,” said Maldonado, who woke up this day “with tears in my eyes” because she’s finally following her dreams. With her new pink-and-white polka-dotted …

Attention, monarch butterflies! New MCC rooftop garden awaits you

Monarch butterflies aren’t known to be interested in higher education, but the orange-and-black beauties would be a welcome sight at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley just the same. A new native-plant garden was officially unveiled July 19 on the roof of the Education Center near 31st Street and Pennsylvania. The star of the garden: milkweed, a …