Concentration camp survivor to present at MCC-Longview

Bambi Shen uses a simple gesture to begin the task of acclimating new, male Saudi Arabian university students who board at her home. She extends her hand. Shen’s request for a handshake is symbolic of the differences between American culture, where women are viewed as equal, and Saudi Arabian culture, in which men dominate. Saudi …

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-Penn Valley honored by Guadalupe Centers

MCC-Penn Valley was recognized for contributions to the Kansas City Latino community when the campus received an award from the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. (GCI) in September. GCI honored MCC-Penn Valley with the 2013 Business of the Year award during the organization’s annual Blanco y Negro Awards Gala on Sept. 13 at the Westin Crown Center …

Lee’s Summit community turns out for Nooks welcome

More than 50 Lee’s Summit community members, MCC staff and students attended a reception Tuesday evening to welcome MCC-Longview’s new president, Dr. Kirk Nooks. At the event, hosted by MCC Chancellor Mark James, James told the crowd that he was pleased with the administrators’ decision to hire Nooks and that the decision was not taken lightly, given the recent …

Public Safety Institute graduates Fire Academy cadets

The Public Safety Institute at MCC-Blue River celebrated the graduation of 20 cadets from the Fire Academy on Thursday, September 19.  At the graduation ceremony, Deputy Chief Dave Cline of the Smithville Area Fire Protection District delivered a keynote address, and the presentation of colors was conducted by the Gladstone Fire Department. Nathan Brown sang the national …

Eight MCC presenters invited to lead sessions at MCCA convention

The Missouri Community College Association has finalized the line-up for the association’s annual convention in October, and the schedule includes eight presenters from Metropolitan Community College. The 49th annual convention, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, will kick off with a keynote presentation by motivational speaker Dr. Bennie Lambert. …

MCC mourns the loss of a friend, philanthropist

The MCC community mourns the passing of Marion Bloch, a kind and generous friend to the college and to the Greater Kansas City community. Marion and her husband, H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch, have long been known for their caring commitment to civic and philanthropic causes around the city. Indeed, the couple has been very kind to MCC. Most recently, Marion and Henry served …

HBCU Experience introduces students to further higher ed opportunities

On Sept. 20, more than 700 high school students attended the third annual HBCU Experience, a premier college transfer and recruitment fair featuring historically black colleges and universities, hosted by MCC-Penn Valley. The event was designed to introduce HBCUs to high school and community college students as a transfer option, according to Joe Seabrooks, Ph.D., president of MCC-Penn Valley. …