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MCC excited for next summer after successful STEM teacher externship

Plans are underway to repeat a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher externship model that was launched this summer by the Career Education Consortium (CEC) in conjunction with Metropolitan Community College and Missouri Career Pathways. The teachers were “thrilled” by the opportunity, says Linda Washburn, director of the CEC. “It exceeded their expectations.” The three-day …

MCC-Longview President Dr. Kirk Nooks on panel to discuss Generation X college presidents

Metropolitan Community College-Longview President Kirk Nooks, Ed.D., will be part of a unique panel discussion for this fall’s Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) conference. Nooks authored a chapter in the book”Generation X Presidents Leading Community Colleges,” released last spring. The book goes in-depth on the challenges facing 21st century leaders at the helm of …

Congressman Cleaver hosts student loan town hall at MCC

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver listened intently to concerns about loan debt as students, former students and concerned community members stepped in front of microphones Aug. 2 at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Education Center. MCC hosted the town hall, which was organized by the congressman’s office to gather information about the burden of so many …

Thanks to SkillUP, these Kansas Citians are acquiring job skills at MCC for free

Minutes before entering a classroom at Metropolitan Community College’s Health Science Institute, Katrinia Maldonado admitted to being both excited and anxious. “This is my first time ever being able to attend college,” said Maldonado, who woke up this day “with tears in my eyes” because she’s finally following her dreams. With her new pink-and-white polka-dotted …

Attention, monarch butterflies! New MCC rooftop garden awaits you

Monarch butterflies aren’t known to be interested in higher education, but the orange-and-black beauties would be a welcome sight at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley just the same. A new native-plant garden was officially unveiled July 19 on the roof of the Education Center near 31st Street and Pennsylvania. The star of the garden: milkweed, a …

Video: Dr. Kimberly Beatty, new MCC chancellor, shares her story

Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Metropolitan Community College’s new chancellor, shared her story and the values she will bring to the community in an interview during her welcome reception on June 19. As MCC chancellor, Dr. Beatty said, “I commit to you today, by partnering with the executive team, faculty and staff, MCC will be a place …

An MCC scholarship helped her become a police officer

The Grandview Police Department is always looking for ways for its police force to mirror the community. Metropolitan Community College wants to help with that mission and place graduates of its police academy. Those goals come together with MCC’s Move Toward the Badge scholarship, the first of which was awarded in January to Kaitlyn (Kate) …

Together we saw great success, Chancellor James says at farewell

He may have agreed only to “a little cake after the board meeting,” but Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James’ final Board of Trustees meeting involved a bit more than that. James, MCC’s chancellor since 2010, was presented with two resolutions of commendation (one from the College, one from Kansas City Mayor Sly James), a …

Photo gallery: MCC honorees at Missouri Community College Association event

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) recently published its photo album from this spring’s annual awards luncheon. The awards from MCCA are twofold.  These awards honor outstanding community college educators each year with the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. They also recognize outstanding Phi Theta Kappa scholars by naming them to the All-Missouri Academic Team. Faculty Awards: …

New MCC solar panels: Watch the energy savings live

You may not be able to see them, but solar panels atop 18 buildings at three MCC campuses are busily harnessing energy from the sun to help power the buildings. Now there’s an easy way to tell exactly how much solar energy is being produced. By going to mcckc.edu/solar-panels and clicking on a campus — …