MCC Manufacturing Consortium earns state-wide honor

A consortium of twenty-nine Kansas City-area manufacturers will be honored at an event next month in St. Louis for their partnership with Metropolitan Community College on a program to address the dire need for trained machinists in Greater Kansas City. The MCC Kansas City Manufacturing Consortium will receive the MoWINs Grant Partnership Award on October 31 during the Missouri Community …

Mayor Sly James almost chose a different career, thanks to MCC

When Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James, an alumnus of MCC-Penn Valley, stopped by the campus on Friday, he was nostalgic about his days at the college. “My experience at Penn Valley almost led me to choose a different career path,” James quipped during a tour of the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute. When he attended classes at the campus …

Health Science Institute event to feature national CDC expert

  Next month, the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute will host a national CDC expert at an event co-sponsored by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).  Dr. Elizabeth Kenimer Leibach will present Making Healthcare Safer, where she will share with local healthcare professionals her experiences on implementing evidence-based practices to create higher quality in healthcare and laboratory medicine. Leibach is principal officer for …

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 …

Trail Blazer soccer teams build on success

The Trail Blazer soccer season at Metropolitan Community College–Blue River is well under way. The regular season continues through mid-October, followed by NJCAA Region 16 tournaments. “We’ve got a good collection of talent from around the area on both teams,” said athletic coordinator and head men’s coach David Owens. Both teams feature many great Missouri …

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 …

Register Now for Oct. 12 Trail Blazer 5K

Join us for the Trail Blazer 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 12, at MCC-Blue River! Students, employees and the general public are invited to take part in this fun and healthy event for recreational runners and walkers. The scenic 3.1-mile route begins and ends on the MCC-Blue River campus in Independence, Mo. The cost is $15 for current MCC …

Former MCC-Longview Lakers pitcher edges closer to Major League play

In the world of baseball, Lee Stoppelman is a fast learner. MCC-Longview Lakers Baseball Coach Clint Culbertson easily places this former player in that category. Culbertson said Stoppelman, now a professional in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, recently advanced from AA to AAA in quick succession. Culbertson said Stoppelman could easily make a leap from this, …