Category «In the news»

Students learn lessons the hard way during homelessness simulation events

More than 150 MCC-Blue River students participated Wednesday in One Homeless Day, a simulation experience designed to raise awareness of the epidemic of homelessness in our community. After voluntarily locking up cell phones and skipping morning showers, students donned grubby clothes and built shelters from boxes and tarps, huddling together for warmth on the chilly …

MCC awarded $12.2 million to improve student support

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Metropolitan Community College more than $12 million for the five-campus college system to enhance its support of at-risk and underserved students. The grant award is part of the Dept. of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program, which helps postsecondary schools expand their capacity to serve students through improvement and strengthening of academic quality, institutional …

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: Driving simulator highlights growing problem

We all know that it’s a dangerous choice to operate a vehicle while impaired–but it’s not just drugs and alcohol that contribute to unsafe driving. While many colleges take steps to prevent students from driving while under the influence, MCC is taking things a step further – aiming to prevent driving while distracted. As part of a month-long …

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 …