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Energy assistance program visits MCC-Blue River

United Services Community Action Agency visited the MCC-Blue River campus on Feb. 24.  A number of students applied for assistance with gas and electric bills through LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The federally funded initiative helps low-income households meet their immediate home energy needs. LIHEAP consists of two programs: energy assistance, which …

Students enjoy doughnuts with the deans at MCC-Blue River

  Several dozen turned out for several dozen at MCC-Blue River on Feb. 16. That’s dozens of students and dozens of doughnuts, if you are working out what math might be involved here. Students at MCC-Blue River enjoyed refreshments and chatted with campus administration at the “Doughnuts with the Deans” event. Passing out the doughnuts …

Popcorn with the president at MCC-Blue River

Dr. Michael Banks and MCC-Blue River students enjoyed fresh-popped popcorn and lively conversation in the Campus Center lounge area on Feb. 19. This is one of many events the campus administration hosts, providing a chance for casual interaction between campus administrators and students. “The popcorn drew the students but the lively, informative conversations kept them,” …

MCC-Blue River’s fire science degree a ‘trailblazer’

The Public Safety Institute at MCC-Blue River’s Associate Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Science Technology program recently received Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition. The FESHE Recognition certificate is an acknowledgement that the college’s Fire Science Technology degree program meets the standards of excellence established by professional development committees and the National Fire …

MCC-Blue River holds fall graduation reception

The MCC-Blue River campus honored 134 graduates at a reception Dec. 15 for students who completed a degree or certificate program during the fall semester. Of those honored, 16 were graduates of the Blue River Police Academy (that ceremony was Dec. 16) and 23 were graduates of the Blue River Fire Academy (Nov. 30 ceremony). …

History instructor Bill Worley appears as painter and muralist Thomas Hart Benton at the Nelson-Atkins Museum

MCC-Blue River history instructor, Bill Worley appeared as classic American painter and muralist Thomas Hart Benton at the Nelson-Atkins Museum on November 19 as part of their “Third-Thursday” event. The museum is currently exhibiting a temporary installation called, “American Epics:Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood.” Professor Worley made a presentation in the museum and later wandered …

‘Grateful Ways and Joyous Days’ music program Nov. 21

The resonant voices of the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City offer the hauntingly beautiful works of Gabriel Fauré, Z. Randall Stroope, Moses Hogan and others in celebration of the seasons that knit our hearts and spirits together with gratitude and joy. This musical celebration will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Stone …