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Saying goodbye to a generous supporter of MCC

Metropolitan Community College joins others across Greater Kansas City in mourning the passing of philanthropist and business leader R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. Mr. Kemper, who formerly led UMB Financial Corp., was a beloved supporter of a number of Kansas City causes and institutions, including MCC and the MCC Foundation. In 2001, Mr. Kemper, an ardent …

Realizing a dream: an alumna success story

Ever since she was a little girl, Eve McGee wanted to be a social worker. She wanted to help people and solve problems. Her parents, though, weren’t wild about the idea; they were concerned that Eve would be linked to a stereotype that attributes social workers to the unjust removal of children from their homes. …

MCC helps lure large aviation employer to KC

A large aviation maintenance provider announced Friday that they will open a facility in Kansas City, creating hundreds of new jobs and generating millions of dollars in revenue for the metropolitan area, and MCC’s workforce development offerings helped seal the deal. Aviation Technical Services (ATS) announced the company plans to open a new 607,000-sq.-ft. facility …

Maxfield joins MCC Foundation board

Josh Maxfield, assistant general counsel at Garmin International, has joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board of directors. Maxfield has worked in the legal department at Garmin for seven years, including the last two and a half years as assistant general counsel. For four years, he worked overseas, most recently in Switzerland. Before Garmin, Maxfield worked as …

MCC earns #2 spot on KCBJ’s ‘Top Colleges’ list

Metropolitan Community College has been named one of the top 5 colleges in metropolitan Kansas City by the Kansas City Business Journal. The ranking, part of the publication’s annual ‘Top Area Colleges and Universities’ list, is based on fall 2013 credit enrollment. For the second year in a row, MCC is no. 2 on the list. Johnson …

U.S. senator visits Missouri Innovation Campus

On the heels of a national summit in Kansas City last week that focused on the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) and similar programs at MCC and other area institutions, the MIC has again caught the attention of a national leader. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R, Mo.) on Tuesday stopped by the MIC, located at Summit …

Higher education officials from across the U.S. meet in KC to discuss MIC, other workforce innovations

When business, education and government leaders from across the U.S. meet in Kansas City this week, the focus will be on expanding and replicating proven workforce program models like the Missouri Innovation Campus.  The inaugural National Convening on Higher Education Innovation, to be held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on Nov. 13 & 14, …

On Veterans’ Day, a salute to those who have served

A Veterans’ Day greeting from MCC Chancellor Mark James: Today, Veterans’ Day, is a time for all of us at MCC to stand up and salute the women and men who serve and have served our country, risking their lives to protect the freedom that characterizes our great nation. We appreciate the selflessness of these …

Two collaborative MCC programs honored for innovation

Two exemplary MCC programs were honored last week in St. Louis at an awards ceremony that was part of the annual convention of the Missouri Community College Association. MCC-Business & Technology’s partnership with P.E.T. International earned the Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award, which is presented annually to celebrate new approaches to teaching in the community college classroom. …

Five MCC students earn honors at state-wide convention

Five standout MCC students received leadership awards Friday in St. Louis at an honors ceremony that was part of the annual convention of the Missouri Community College Association. The students, each representing a different MCC campus, each received the 2013 Student Leadership Award. Here are their stories:   Jessica Brand is an active member of the MCC-Maple Woods …