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MCC employees bring home MCCA honors

Five standout MCC employees received awards this week in St. Louis at an honors ceremony that was part of the annual convention of the Missouri Community College Association. Four long-time employees received the 2013 Senior Service Award: Pam Stockman was honored for her service to MCC-Penn Valley, which began 20 years ago.  Stockman has been a vital part of Penn Valley’s …

MCC Foundation receives history-making $1.5M gift

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation has received a contribution valued at just over $1.5 million, the largest individual-donor gift in the Foundation’s history, from the estate of John Robert and Anna Jeanne Neeland. John and Anna Neeland, who both passed away in 2012 at the age of 92, were married 67 years. As part of …

A national model for innovation: school leaders from Colo. visit KC to learn from MCC

A group of administrators from the St. Vrain Valley School District in Denver, Colo. are the latest in a series of school officials who have looked to MCC as a model for educational and workforce program innovation. Eight representatives from St. Vrain Valley visited Kansas City last week to explore four programs, some of which have already gained national attention. The group’s …

Achelpohl joins MCC Foundation board

Kathy Achelpohl, principal of architecture firm BNIM, has joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board of directors. As the head of BNIM’s higher education sector, Achelpohl has led architecture projects at colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of California-Los Angeles and UMKC. She also co-led …

MCC names new police chief

MCC has named Londell Jamerson as the chief of police for the MCC Police Department, effective Nov. 1, 2013. Jamerson replaces William Hudson, the college’s first chief of police, who retired in June. Jamerson comes to MCC after 32 years with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, where he most recently served as captain and director …

Internet access partnership with MU expands options for local students

MCC and other community colleges across Missouri have entered into an agreement with the University of Missouri to provide Internet connectivity access to community college graduates who enroll in courses through Mizzou Online. The agreement, signed on Oct. 9 in Columbia, Mo., establishes a partnership between Mizzou and Missouri Community College Association member colleges. Through the partnership, …

MCC awarded $12.2 million to improve student support

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Metropolitan Community College more than $12 million for the five-campus college system to enhance its support of at-risk and underserved students. The grant award is part of the Dept. of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program, which helps postsecondary schools expand their capacity to serve students through improvement and strengthening of academic quality, institutional …

MCC-Penn Valley honored by Guadalupe Centers

MCC-Penn Valley was recognized for contributions to the Kansas City Latino community when the campus received an award from the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. (GCI) in September. GCI honored MCC-Penn Valley with the 2013 Business of the Year award during the organization’s annual Blanco y Negro Awards Gala on Sept. 13 at the Westin Crown Center …

Eight MCC presenters invited to lead sessions at MCCA convention

The Missouri Community College Association has finalized the line-up for the association’s annual convention in October, and the schedule includes eight presenters from Metropolitan Community College. The 49th annual convention, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, will kick off with a keynote presentation by motivational speaker Dr. Bennie Lambert. …

MCC mourns the loss of a friend, philanthropist

The MCC community mourns the passing of Marion Bloch, a kind and generous friend to the college and to the Greater Kansas City community. Marion and her husband, H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch, have long been known for their caring commitment to civic and philanthropic causes around the city. Indeed, the couple has been very kind to MCC. Most recently, Marion and Henry served …