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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.

MCC employee’s art helps support Books for Vets scholarship

Here’s something to add to your weekend calendar: Michael Bidwell’s art show, 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 13) at Kaizen Fitness Collective, 4247 Walnut St. Bidwell, besides being an artist and photographer, is a student services specialist in the enrollment center at MCC-Penn Valley. He says he’s donating $50 a month to MCC’s Books for Vets …

MCC-Penn Valley welcomes 400 brainiacs to Science Olympiad

Almost 400 students from about 25 public, private and charter schools descended on the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus Saturday, Feb. 6, to compete in regional Science Olympiad contests. The 27 teams of students came from schools and districts including North Kansas City Schools, Pembroke Hill, Notre Dame de Sion, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Platte County …

Higher Learning Commission reaccredits Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James has announced the findings of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation review of the College. In a letter to employees Jan. 15, James reported that all HLC criteria had been met and that the commission identified concerns consistent with those self-reported by MCC. Those areas of concern include strategic …

Simulation programs at MCC’s Virtual Hospital reaccredited for five years

Metropolitan Community College’s Virtual Hospital — a 10,000-square-foot facility that lets health-care students learn by working in a simulated hospital environment that includes a birthing model — has been reaccredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Virtual Hospital is part of MCC’s Health Science Institute at 3444 Broadway. The Virtual Hospital’s accreditation, in …

From the archives, 1915: KC’s ‘first city college’ opens downtown

100 Years, 100 Stories The institution that would become Metropolitan Community College started out, in the fall of 1915, as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute at 11th and Locust streets. Operated by the Kansas City school board, the institute originally included a junior college, a teachers college (“normal school”) and a handful of vocational training programs. …

Three MCC employees are honored as 2016 Black Achievers

Three Metropolitan Community College employees — Tarana Chapple and Dr. Karen Curls at MCC-Penn Valley and Dr. Crystal Johnson at MCC-Maple Woods — have been selected to join the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City. The group, founded by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver in 1974 (five years before he was first elected a Kansas …