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Russell named executive director of Institute for Workforce Innovation

Nancy Russell has been promoted to executive director of the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation. Russell has served as dean of instructional services at MCC-Longview since June, 2012. She will transition to her new post in July, 2013. Russell replaces Margaret Boyd, who has served as executive director of the Institute for Workforce Innovation since …

MCC in the news: Transformative Change Initiative

The Kansas City Star ran an article this week about MCC’s recent selection as a participant in the Community College Transformational Change Initiative, a national effort to overhaul the way community colleges address barriers to student success. Click here to read the Kansas City Star article, written by Mara Rose Williams. Click here to read …

Thank you, Adele

The MCC community mourns the loss of one of Kansas City’s greatest philanthropists, Adele Hall. Beyond her civic and philanthropic commitments, which were countless, Adele’s most lasting legacy will be that she was extraordinarily caring and kind-hearted. Indeed, she was very kind to MCC. Adele and her husband, Don, served as honorary co-chairs of MCC’s …

MCC workforce video receives national honor

MCC has been awarded a Paragon Award by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) for a short animated film about the regional workforce for the digital storytelling industry. The film, entitled Alice’s Adventure in Workforce Development, was created by the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI), in conjunction with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), …

MCC in the news: Area law enforcement officers get ‘active shooter’ training at Blue River

In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., law enforcement officers around the country are eager to brush up on training for responding to so-called active shooter emergencies. Such training, including full-scale simulations, is offered almost monthly at the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute. Fox 4 news reporter Brad Underwood stopped by the Public Safety …

Hardegree named exec. director and dean of Health Science Institute

Lester Hardegree, Ed.D., joined MCC in November as the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute’s first executive director and dean. In this role, Hardegree is responsible for academic oversight of Penn Valley’s health science programs and administrative oversight of the Health Science Institute, providing visionary and tactical leadership for the state-of-the-art facility and its programs. He …

Legislative luncheons school elected officials about MCC

A series of luncheon meetings this fall brought elected officials from across Missouri to MCC’s campuses to learn about the district’s legislative priorities. The legislative luncheons, which were held on each campus, were intended to ensure the officials are familiar with MCC, the campuses and the campus leadership. Some newer legislators were introduced to the college …

From Kenya to MCC to MNU to PhD

For Damaris Rotich, the journey toward becoming a nurse began when she traveled from her homeland in Kenya to the United States to attend college. Demaris began her education at Metropolitan Community College, where she made friends with nursing students who sparked her interest in healthcare. Once she took her first certified nursing assistant (CNA) class …

MCC in the news: KC Star article highlights work of Literacy KC at MCC

Literacy Kansas City is doing great work all around the city, including offering services at MCC-Penn Valley. This recent Kansas City Star article features several successful Literacy KC clients, one of whom we’re proud to call an MCC student. About GEARS, the Literacy KC program at MCC-Penn Valley The Guiding Educational Access to Reading Skills (GEARS) …