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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.

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 …

MCC instructor discusses new ‘Roots’ on KCUR program

Lyle Gibson, MCC-Penn Valley history instructor and author of a book on his family’s multiracial history, was a guest June 17 on KCUR-FM’s “Central Standard: Screentime.” The topic: the new version of the “Roots” miniseries. Gibson’s book “Black Tie White Tie” was turned into a documentary of the same name. Its public premiere was at MCC-Penn Valley …

Bleachers are a gift from MCC client Harley-Davidson

Metropolitan Community College has a new set of collapsible bleachers, courtesy of Harley-Davidson. The bleachers were a gift from the motorcycle maker, which has been a longtime client of MCC’s. Harley-Davidson has also donated stationary training motorcycles that are used in various assessments — for instance, building handlebars — during training of Harley employees at …