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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.

New program helps students get their academic careers back on track

Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City Public Schools and the Full Employment Council officially launched the Middle College Program on Feb. 9. The new program puts high school dropouts on a path toward a diploma and post-secondary education. The ceremony and press conference at the Student Success Center at MCC-Penn Valley included remarks by MCC Chancellor …

Chancellor Beatty honored at KC Chamber breakfast

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Kimberly Beatty was among six Kansas Citians recognized for their leadership at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Recognition Breakfast in January. The executives introduced themselves and shared personal tidbits, observations of the community, and worldview and passions. One of the honorees was Ramin Cherafat, CEO of McCownGordon Construction, …

‘Beetle Bailey’ cartoonist Mort Walker was an MCC alumnus

After Mort Walker, creator of the iconic “Beetle Bailey” comic strip, died Jan. 27, The Kansas City Star called him a “Mizzou alum.” True. But before Walker attended the University of Missouri, he studied at the Junior College of Kansas City, the institution now known as Metropolitan Community College. Walker, born in El Dorado, Kan., but raised …

Get free income-tax help at MCC-Maple Woods

IRS-certified counselors who also happen to be college students will be on hand at  Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods to provide free income-tax help for those who qualify. Maple Woods’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is in partnership with NextStepKC. The free tax preparation (federal and state electronic filing) is for most people with incomes …

MCC trustees approve half-price tuition for many high school students

The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees has approved an MCC tuition rate for high school students that is 50 percent less than standard tuition, effective the 2018-19 school year. The action came at the trustees’ Jan. 18 meeting. The reduced tuition rate applies to students in school districts that have agreements in place with …

Are we there yet? Speakers look forward and back at MCC MLK event

The Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon included appeals for love instead of hate, as well as reflections on how African-Americans and others have fared since King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. Another highlight of the event was the announcement of the 2018 Chancellor’s MLK scholarship winners, one from each MCC campus. (Read …

Five MCC students win Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships

During the first three years of the Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship program at Metropolitan Community College, one service-minded Early College student received the honor annually. But this year,  with support from the MCC Foundation, the program expanded: Five students, one from each campus, received a $500 award. To be eligible, students had to …

Three MCC employees named to KC Black Achievers Society

Three Metropolitan Community College employees — Ayanna Bridges, Jackie Gill and Christal Waters — 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 the former Kansas City mayor was first elected to the City Council), honors local African-American …