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Am I My Brother’s Keeper: young men learn about empowerment, responsibility at conference

More than 200 high school and college aged men attended the second annual Am I My Brother’s Keeper conference at MCC-Penn Valley on Friday, Oct. 25. The day-long conference focused on empowerment, networking, motivation, leadership development and personal responsibility for Latino and African American men. Conference presenters included educators with first-hand knowledge and experience of the challenges facing …

KCPS seniors earn high school, college degrees simultaneously

More than a dozen graduating seniors in the Kansas City Missouri Public Schools each earned a college degree alongside their high school diploma this spring, thanks to a new partnership between the school district and Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.   The students are part of the Early College Academy, a unique dual enrollment program that, unlike …

Francis Institute Plants Pinwheels For Child Abuse Prevention Month

Staff and children from the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development and Acadamía de Niños planted pinwheels in front of the Francis Institute facility to honor children affected by abuse. More than 300 pinwheels were planted in honor of  Childhood Abuse Prevention Month. Here are a few pictures of children planting pinwheels:   According to the …

Seabrooks receives Ace Award from KC Chamber

Joe Seabrooks, Ph.D., president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, was honored with the KC Chamber’s Ace Award on April 30 at a reception at Union Station. The Ace Awards recognize culturally diverse, mid- to senior-level managers who have been nominated by their colleagues for achievement in their profession.  Seabrooks was honored for his work in maximizing student …

Penn Valley students, employees honored

More than 60 Penn Valley scholars and employees were honored for their academic and community achievements at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25. Here are a few photos from the Penn Valley Scholars’ Celebration:                                      

Student athletes honored at Penn Valley athletic banquet

Tuesday’s Athletic Banquet at MCC-Penn Valley was a great success for the student athletes. Many of the students received awards for both academic and non-academic achievements. Mike Cann: 2012-2013 Member of the National Tournament Team Elite Eight -Team Captain William Louis:Member of the National Tournament Team Elite Eight-Most Improved Erin Jones: Team Division 2, National  Junior …

MCC-Penn Valley art students earn scholarships

MCC-Penn Valley’s Carter Art Center kicked off its annual student art exhibit with a scholarship awards reception on Friday, April 12. The reception honored four students with a $300 MCC scholarship and two students with a $125 MCC scholarship Gerald Hodge, Courtney Roberts, David Heather, JD Western, Steven Aranda and Nicki Rodgers and recognized 40 students …