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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.

This apprentice looks ahead to higher pay and an MCC degree

Anthony Balducci has worked at Pratt Industries for four years, but it’s only been since August that he took on the title of “apprentice.” Now he’s learning — on the job, but also in classes at Metropolitan Community College — while he’s earning. MCC’s skilled trades apprenticeship program started this semester with eight apprentices in …

Photo gallery: MCC employees among honorees at MCCA convention

Updated with official MCCA pictures! See below. The 53rd annual Missouri Community College Association convention, Nov. 1-3 in Branson, included honors for several people associated with Metropolitan Community College. Those recognized: Award of Distinction to Karen Curls, criminal justice instructor at MCC-Penn Valley From the nomination form: “Dr. Curls served as the social science division …

Sandra Garcia named MCC chief legal officer

Sandra Garcia has been named Metropolitan Community College chief legal officer. She will start her new position on Nov. 13. Garcia is coming to MCC from Houston Community College, where she served as an executive in the role of assistant general counsel. Houston Community College, the nation’s fourth-largest community college system, serves more than 75,000 …

Five finalists announced for new MCC mascot

Metropolitan Community College will have a new mascot in Fall 2018, but what will that mascot be? We now have an idea — and the MCC community is urged to let its voice be heard. Mascot suggestions were solicited in a contest open to everyone in the MCC community. A committee of students, faculty and …

Photo gallery: 2017 MCC-Longview Literary Festival

About 300 people attended the ninth annual MCC-Longview Literary Festival on Oct. 27, which featured some 20 authors, editors and publishers. The keynote speaker, alternate history novelist James Young, was ” a huge hit,” according to project coordinator and MCC-Longview English instructor Susan Satterfield. The festival, in the campus’ Cultural Arts Center, included readings, panel …

MCC testing center earns kudos from a CEO

“The testing center makes a difference.” So says Michael Hendricks, CEO of a local technology company, who singles out for praise the Testing Center at MCC’s Business & Technology campus. Hendricks is a big believer in lifelong learning and employees expanding their knowledge base and skills. Serious wall space at his company, SureHosting Internet Solutions …

John Chawana named MCC vice chancellor of institutional effectiveness, research and technology

John M. Chawana, Ph.D., has been named Metropolitan Community College’s vice chancellor of institutional effectiveness, research and technology. Chawana’s appointment by Chancellor Kimberly Beatty was approved Oct. 19 by the Board of Trustees. He will start his new position Oct. 30. Chawana comes to MCC from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, where he …

Dr. Beatty to employees at in-service: I want you to dream again

At MCC’s annual employee in-service Oct. 17, Chancellor Kimberly Beatty discussed areas of opportunity for the College and announced some new initiatives. Employees also recognized colleagues for their years of service to MCC, heard from motivational speaker James Nowlin about living a life of purpose, and attended breakout sessions presented by colleagues on a variety …