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Students learn lessons the hard way during homelessness simulation events

More than 150 MCC-Blue River students participated Wednesday in One Homeless Day, a simulation experience designed to raise awareness of the epidemic of homelessness in our community. After voluntarily locking up cell phones and skipping morning showers, students donned grubby clothes and built shelters from boxes and tarps, huddling together for warmth on the chilly …

Metropolitan Chorale to perform Nov. 16 at Stone Church

“Songs of Heart and Soul”
will be performed at the historic Stone Church, 1012 W. Lexington, Independence, Mo., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Rebecca Johnson, D.M.A., who is the Metropolitan Community College-Blue River music program coordinator and Metropolitan Chorale director, will conduct the Sacred Arts Chorale, Vox Luminis, and the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City …

MCC hosts college and career showcase Oct. 29

Metropolitan Community College is hosting an event next week that will make it easier for prospective and current students to select a career path. The Explore College & Career Showcase will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., on every MCC campus.  Prospective students will learn about MCC’s degree and certificate programs, financial aid and admissions …

Public Safety Institute graduates Fire Academy cadets

The Public Safety Institute at MCC-Blue River celebrated the graduation of 20 cadets from the Fire Academy on Thursday, September 19.  At the graduation ceremony, Deputy Chief Dave Cline of the Smithville Area Fire Protection District delivered a keynote address, and the presentation of colors was conducted by the Gladstone Fire Department. Nathan Brown sang the national …

Trail Blazer soccer teams build on success

The Trail Blazer soccer season at Metropolitan Community College–Blue River is well under way. The regular season continues through mid-October, followed by NJCAA Region 16 tournaments. “We’ve got a good collection of talent from around the area on both teams,” said athletic coordinator and head men’s coach David Owens. Both teams feature many great Missouri …

Register Now for Oct. 12 Trail Blazer 5K

Join us for the Trail Blazer 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 12, at MCC-Blue River! Students, employees and the general public are invited to take part in this fun and healthy event for recreational runners and walkers. The scenic 3.1-mile route begins and ends on the MCC-Blue River campus in Independence, Mo. The cost is $15 for current MCC …

MCC-Blue River PTK chapter earns Five Star rating

The Alpha Pi Sigma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at MCC-Blue River received special commendation during the PTK Missouri Regional Convention and again at the Annual Convention for earning the organization’s highest ranking: Five Star Chapter. The Five Star Chapter Development Plan is a blueprint for developing a strong chapter, improving student engagement on campus and recognizing progress …

Hundreds participate in Laura’s Run at MCC-Blue River

About 1,200 people hit the pavement on May 11 for the Laura’s Run 5K, which started and finished at MCC-Blue River. The 5k run and walk was planned in memory of Laura Beth Reynolds to raise drunk driving awareness. Laura  was a 16-year-old honor student at Fort Osage High School in 2009 when she was hit and killed by a …

Carpenter-Davis receives national PTK award

Cheryl Carpenter-Davis, dean of instruction at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River, was a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished College Administrator Award presented by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society during its international convention in San Jose, Calif., last month. She was one of twenty-five college administrators honored with the award, which is given to college vice presidents, …