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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.

Vice chancellor Shelley Kneuvean named to Missouri Workforce Development Board

Shelley Temple Kneuvean, MCC’s vice chancellor for financial and administrative services, has been appointed to the Missouri Workforce Development Board. The advisory council to Gov. Jay Nixon and the Division of Workforce Development focuses on employment and training needs of Missouri businesses. Nixon announced appointments to five boards and commissions July 26. They’re subject to …

Students who need food at home can get help from Scouts’ Cupboard

Dawinderpreet Brar can’t forget a conversation last spring with one of her College 100 students. “Can you help me with this assignment?” he asked. “We talked about this for an hour in class,” she reminded him. “Don’t you remember?” His response was heartbreaking. “No,” he told her. “I was just really hungry and I couldn’t …

MCC’s Jackie Gill named to national workforce development panel

Jackie Gill, Ed.D., president of the MCC-Business & Technology campus, has been appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Economic and Workforce Development. Gill’s term on the commission runs from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019. “We are sure that your insights and leadership will significantly contribute to the Board’s decision-making …

MCC trustee David Disney spotted mentoring #girlsinstem

A familiar face could be found in a picture tweeted out recently by KC STEM Alliance from the Maker Faire event at Union Station. Some girls in hard hats appeared to be listening attentively to a JE Dunn Construction employee. What were they doing? Learning how to make birdhouses. Who was the employee? David Disney, …

Long-serving Board of Trustees president gets a one-of-a-kind gift

David Disney, who served as president of MCC’s Board of Trustees for a decade, was presented with his gavel recently — attached to a plaque made in the FabLab at MCC-Business & Technology. The plaque includes MCC’s new centennial seal and the dates Disney led the six-member board, 2006-2016. Current board president Trent Skaggs presented …

MCC names new vice chancellor for academic affairs

Metropolitan Community College has named Carlos G. Peñaloza, Ph.D., its new vice chancellor for academic affairs. Peñaloza’s appointment was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees June 23. Peñaloza, who is expected to start at MCC on Aug. 1, comes to Kansas City from Schenectady County Community College, part of the State University of New …

‘Remembrance tree’ is one way MCC honors victims of Orlando massacre

MCC-Penn Valley’s new rainbow-colored tree might look like it was designed by an art student, but it was actually created by members of Penn Valley’s facilities team. Yvette Sweeney, Penn Valley dean of student development, said the facilities employees used branches that had blown down near the Carter Art Center. The “remembrance and inclusivity tree,” …

MCC chancellor talks innovation, joins EDC Advocacy Council

MCC Chancellor Mark James talked education innovation at a recent symposium, and he’ll soon be joining conversations about local economic development. James traveled to the University of Missouri in Columbia on June 15 to take part in “Learning to Learn: New Models in Higher Education and the Obstacles Facing our Universities.” At the symposium, sponsored …