Category «Preparing students»

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan holds town hall at Penn Valley

Increasing college access and graduation rates for Hispanic residents was the focus of a community event Sept. 18 at MCC-Penn Valley that featured U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Council of La Raza CEO Janet Murguia. The forum, which drew hundreds of educators and Latino leaders, was part of  a White House initiative called …

Rep. Cleaver honors successful completion of Sustainability Center project

Emanuel Cleaver, II, U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 5th Congressional District, visited MCC-Penn Valley on Aug. 20 to mark the successful completion of the Sustainability Center project.  More than fifty people attended the event, including representatives from partner organizations, students, MCC staff and faculty, and members of the media. Congressman Cleaver was the featured speaker, but …

MCC-Cass County hosts briefing for county leaders

Dr. Andrew Underwood, superintendent of Belton School District #124, was among dozens of Cass County civic, business and education leaders who attended Breakfast with MCC, a recent briefing for the Belton community about MCC-Cass County‘s class offerings. Dr. Underwood delivered brief remarks at the event, which was held at the Belton High School complex. Other …

MCC receives $100,000 gift to support student scholarships

MCC has received a $100,000 gift from the Irven & NeVada Linscomb Foundation to support student scholarships. The gift adds to an existing scholarship fund, called the Linscomb Show-Me Scholarship, that was established by the Linscomb Foundation in 2000 to support students at MCC-Maple Woods. From 2000 to 2011, MCC received $122,000 from the foundation. …

MCC-Business & Technology apprenticeship program gets national honor

MCC-Business & Technology has been named by the U.S. Department of Labor as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator, a national honor recognizing the campus’s work with regional union leaders to award college credit for apprenticeship training. MCC-Business & Technology has developed Apprenticeship Degree Completion options that award 30-42 college credits for skills …

Francis Institute awarded $120,000 to take training online

The Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development at MCC-Penn Valley was recently awarded $120,000 to add an online component to the Institute’s child care provider training programs. The financial contributions, which came from multiple sources, will support the development of an online version of the Developing Your Family Child Care Business curriculum, which helps …

MCC holds inaugural five-campus graduation; Nixon delivers keynote

The Metropolitan Community College district held its first ever five-campus combined graduation ceremony on May 17 and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered the keynote address. The ceremony, held at the historic Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo., included more than 750 graduates from all five MCC campuses: Blue River, Business & Technology, Longview, Maple …

First MCC-Cass County courses receive high marks from students

As the inaugural semester of MCC’s course offerings in Cass County wraped up this past May, results of a student satisfaction survey indicate most students would give the program an A+. The spring semester, which began in February, marked the first time MCC has offered degree-path college courses within Cass County limits. Classes are held …

MCC in the news: Trailblazer Collegiate Academy graduates first class

In a news segment that ran yesterday, Fox 4 reported that Metropolitan Community College’s first district-wide graduation will also mark the graduation of the first Trailblazer Collegiate Academy students. Watch the Fox 4 video here. These teenaged students earned college credits at MCC-Blue River while still in high school, allowing them to graduate with an associate’s …