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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.

Thanks to SkillUP, these Kansas Citians are acquiring job skills at MCC for free

Minutes before entering a classroom at Metropolitan Community College’s Health Science Institute, Katrinia Maldonado admitted to being both excited and anxious. “This is my first time ever being able to attend college,” said Maldonado, who woke up this day “with tears in my eyes” because she’s finally following her dreams. With her new pink-and-white polka-dotted …

Attention, monarch butterflies! New MCC rooftop garden awaits you

Monarch butterflies aren’t known to be interested in higher education, but the orange-and-black beauties would be a welcome sight at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley just the same. A new native-plant garden was officially unveiled July 19 on the roof of the Education Center near 31st Street and Pennsylvania. The star of the garden: milkweed, a …

He heard about MCC from the Kansas City Royals (kind of)

Leave it to a Kansas City Royals superfan like Brett Winningham to notice the name of a certain college on the royal-blue background of manager Ned Yost’s post-game press conferences. Living in Lamar, Mo., a town of about 4,500 north of Joplin, the 23-year-old had been thinking about college. He’d never heard of Metropolitan Community …

An MCC scholarship helped her become a police officer

The Grandview Police Department is always looking for ways for its police force to mirror the community. Metropolitan Community College wants to help with that mission and place graduates of its police academy. Those goals come together with MCC’s Move Toward the Badge scholarship, the first of which was awarded in January to Kaitlyn (Kate) …

College Kickoff welcomes Class of 2017 to MCC-Penn Valley

MCC-Penn Valley’s College Kickoff event June 28 was at least three things: a celebration, a chance to make new friends, and an introduction to campus life. The invitation list: Class of 2017 high school grads who have expressed interest in attending MCC-Penn Valley or have already been admitted. The incoming and prospective students met some …

Together we saw great success, Chancellor James says at farewell

He may have agreed only to “a little cake after the board meeting,” but Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James’ final Board of Trustees meeting involved a bit more than that. James, MCC’s chancellor since 2010, was presented with two resolutions of commendation (one from the College, one from Kansas City Mayor Sly James), a …

New MCC Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty welcomed at Union Station event

Metropolitan Community College’s eighth chancellor was introduced to the community June 19 at an event in Kansas City’s Union Station, with each speaker’s words echoing throughout the majestic old building. A long line of employees and community members formed to greet Dr. Kimberly Beatty, who’s coming to MCC from Houston Community College, where she’s vice …