Category «Preparing students»

Slide show: Students celebrate culture at International Festival

Brightly colored fashion and huge smiles were abundant at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley’s annual International Festival. More than 200 MCC students participated in this year’s event on Nov. 16. The festival, organized by the College’s Applied Language Institute (ALI), features the cultures and traditions of the dozens of countries that are native to its students. Every …

National Apprenticeship Week: Speed interviews connect students, employers

It’s a golden opportunity for Metropolitan Community College students seeking Gold Collar jobs. As part of National Apprenticeship Week, MCC-Business & Technology set  up speed interviews for students studying to be  welders, industrial electricians, maintenance mechanics and machining and tool and die specialists on Nov. 14. The event mirrors the modern concept of speed dating, …

MCC named National Center of Academic Excellence for cybersecurity program

Metropolitan Community College has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for its cybersecurity program. MCC joins about 200 other U.S. colleges and universities with that top-tier designation, among them just 70 two-year colleges. The Centers of Academic Excellence program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and …

Students in MCC’s Summer Jumpstart have ‘all the support in the world’

Eleven new Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley students are spending the summer acquiring success skills, brushing up on math and being introduced to campus resources. The eight-week, half-day program is called Project Success Summer Jumpstart. As the name suggests, it’s an offshoot of Penn Valley’s Project Success, which provides a variety of support services for select …

Degree planning, Starfish early alerts help MCC students find success

Fewer Metropolitan Community College students are dropping classes. More are successfully completing classes. And the percentage of fall semester students re-enrolling for spring is on the rise. What’s behind these encouraging trends? MCC officials point to two student success initiatives launched last fall: required degree planning for first-time students, and early alerts for all students …

MCC biology instructor Terry Davin wins national honor for outstanding faculty

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley biology instructor Terry Davin has been named a recipient of a new national award for outstanding community college faculty members. The Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty awards will be presented in April at the American Association of Community Colleges convention in Dallas. This year 49 faculty members from across the nation …