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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.

Hundreds attend HBCU Experience college fair at MCC-Penn Valley

More than 600 high school students from districts all over the metropolitan area turned out Tuesday for the HBCU Experience, a college transfer and recruitment fair featuring historically black colleges and universities. Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley hosted the fourth annual event at the Education Center to introduce high school and community college students to the …

MCC student featured in article about millennials and money

A reporter for the International Business Times news site recently talked to young people around the country about their perceptions of money. Reporter Owen Davis writes that millennials “have charted a unique path in daunting economic times.” One of the 20-somethings Davis talked to was Katie Walker, an MCC-Penn Valley student and peer mentor from …

MCC alumnus Hal Boyle, a celebrated WWII correspondent

100 Years, 100 Stories When it comes to legendary war correspondents, Ernie Pyle is one name that should come to mind. Hal Boyle is another. Boyle (1911-1974) was born in Kansas City, the son of Irish immigrants. As a boy he worked in his dad’s butcher shop at 23rd and Vine streets. He attended the …

In an MCC warehouse, a massive effort to put books in kids’ hands

MCC’s Facilities Services warehouse near 18th Street and Prospect Avenue was abuzz recently, with more than half a million children’s books flying in and out. First Book, an organization based in Washington, chose Kansas City as a national distribution center for the 570,000 books from publisher Random House. More than half — about 300,000 — …

MCC in top 50 nationally of community college producers of associate degrees

Community College Week, a newspaper and website, is out with its latest “Top 100” rankings of college producers of associate degrees. Metropolitan Community College is No. 44 nationally among community colleges in number of associate degrees awarded and No. 63 among all U.S. colleges and universities. The publication says its rankings are based on U.S. …

MCC-Maple Woods students declare: ‘I will’

100 Years, 100 Stories When journalist and author Antonio Neves spoke at MCC-Maple Woods recently, part of his program on “How to Create Your Own Luck” involved asking students to articulate their goals: “I Will …” Here’s a look at some of the students and some of their goals. Our thanks to Micaela Church, First …

New requirements announced for A+ scholarship students

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has adopted new requirements for students who receive A+ scholarships. The goal is to avoid a state budget shortfall for the scholarship program. To be eligible for an A+ scholarship, Missouri high school students must graduate with at least a 2.5 GPA, have at least a 95 percent attendance …

Unilever workers avoid layoffs, spend the summer in class at MCC instead

100 Years, 100 Stories With the Unilever plant in Independence set to switch from “wet” to “dry” production — so long, Wish-Bone salad dressing; hello, Knorr gravy mixes — it looked like workers would be laid off this summer while the plant was overhauled. Happily, however, thanks to state funding, 120 Unilever employees spent three …