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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.

Roche named to new workforce/economic development position

Joe Roche, dean of instruction at MCC’s Business & Technology campus, has been named associate vice chancellor of workforce and economic development. Working with Dr. Carlos Penaloza, vice chancellor of instruction and chief academic officer, Roche will start his new assignment July 1. Chancellor Kimberly Beatty, in a Feb. 9 announcement, said that as dean …

Dr. Bill Dial named MCC’s chief human resources officer

Dr. Bill Dial has been named chief human resources officer at Metropolitan Community College. He will start at MCC on March 19, Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said in a message to employees. Dial joins MCC from Richland College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, where he is currently the executive director of human resources …

MCC event gives diverse companies a chance to land new business

UPDATE from March 14 event:  Summary of attendance: 179 Individuals in attendance 85 Diverse businesses 132 Business owners 42 Corporate, government and resource organizations 48 Corporate, government and resource individuals Testimonials: “The exposition was a great success! We appreciate all you do to give us these opportunities.” Iyabo Dedmon, President ThriveOn Concepts, LLC. “Great job …

MCC-Longview president Kirk Nooks to lead Gordon State College in Georgia

Dr. Kirk Nooks, president of the Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus since July 2013, has been named president of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. He will start his new position June 1. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents made the announcement Feb. 13. MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty, in a message to employees, said …

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 …