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HBCU Experience introduces students to further higher ed opportunities

On Sept. 20, more than 700 high school students attended the third annual HBCU Experience, a premier college transfer and recruitment fair featuring historically black colleges and universities, hosted by MCC-Penn Valley. The event was designed to introduce HBCUs to high school and community college students as a transfer option, according to Joe Seabrooks, Ph.D., president of MCC-Penn Valley. …

MCC honored for energy conservation

Metropolitan Community College, in partnership with Walker Reid Strategies, has been honored by a national environmental program for the college’s energy conservation initiatives. Through the use of energy efficient lighting technology, MCC has significantly reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions at facilities across the five-campus district. Specifically, the lighting technologies implemented in campus buildings have met and exceeded …

Mayor Sly James almost chose a different career, thanks to MCC

When Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James, an alumnus of MCC-Penn Valley, stopped by the campus on Friday, he was nostalgic about his days at the college. “My experience at Penn Valley almost led me to choose a different career path,” James quipped during a tour of the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute. When he attended classes at the campus …

MCC in the news: Francis Institute director weighs in on universal pre-K

As officials in the Kansas City Missouri School District are considering the benefits and drawbacks of implementing universal pre-kindergarten, one thing is certain: more early-childhood classrooms = more early childhood teachers. And just where and how the district is going to come up with these additional teachers was the subject of a recent Kansas City …

MCC in the news: Unique program trains machinists better, faster, cheaper

A new partnership between MCC-Business & Technology and a group of local employers means a more direct path to employment for some manufacturing students, and it’s gaining attention around the city. The Computer Integrated Machining & Manufacturing (CIMM) program, established earlier in 2013, is a short-term training for entry-level machinists. Many of the area’s more than 2,500 manufacturers are in need …

MCC in the news: CDL instructor talks trucks

Check out this KCTV5 segment, which features John Malicoat, program coordinator and instructor in MCC’s CDL-A (commercial driver’s license, class A) training program. KCTV5 multimedia journalist Justin Schmidt interviewed Malicoat on Tuesday for a story on a proposed KCMO city ordinance that would ban so-called jake braking, a mechanism for slowing 18-wheel trucks that some consider too noisy. Malicoat took …

Welcome, new students!

MCC’s five campuses have all been bustling this week with the excitement of welcoming new students, and we’re proud to have a group of returning students leading the welcome efforts. Volunteering as Peer Leaders, returning students from each campus have been helping new students and their families get acquainted with the campus and with the …