Explore International Education Week at MCC-Maple Woods

Leave the relative safety of Kansas City this week and travel across the world to see how others are living, working, surviving in China, Israel and Mexico. All films are free and open to the public, with a discussion to follow. Monday: “The Dialogue” Follow four American and four Chinese university students as they travel …

Two collaborative MCC programs honored for innovation

Two exemplary MCC programs were honored last week in St. Louis at an awards ceremony that was part of the annual convention of the Missouri Community College Association. MCC-Business & Technology’s partnership with P.E.T. International earned the Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award, which is presented annually to celebrate new approaches to teaching in the community college classroom. …

Metropolitan Chorale to perform Nov. 16 at Stone Church

“Songs of Heart and Soul”
will be performed at the historic Stone Church, 1012 W. Lexington, Independence, Mo., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Rebecca Johnson, D.M.A., who is the Metropolitan Community College-Blue River music program coordinator and Metropolitan Chorale director, will conduct the Sacred Arts Chorale, Vox Luminis, and the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City …

Five MCC students earn honors at state-wide convention

Five standout MCC students received leadership awards Friday in St. Louis at an honors ceremony that was part of the annual convention of the Missouri Community College Association. The students, each representing a different MCC campus, each received the 2013 Student Leadership Award. Here are their stories:   Jessica Brand is an active member of the MCC-Maple Woods …

MCC employees bring home MCCA honors

Five standout MCC employees received awards this week in St. Louis at an honors ceremony that was part of the annual convention of the Missouri Community College Association. Four long-time employees received the 2013 Senior Service Award: Pam Stockman was honored for her service to MCC-Penn Valley, which began 20 years ago.  Stockman has been a vital part of Penn Valley’s …

Am I My Brother’s Keeper: young men learn about empowerment, responsibility at conference

More than 200 high school and college aged men attended the second annual Am I My Brother’s Keeper conference at MCC-Penn Valley on Friday, Oct. 25. The day-long conference focused on empowerment, networking, motivation, leadership development and personal responsibility for Latino and African American men. Conference presenters included educators with first-hand knowledge and experience of the challenges facing …

MCC Foundation receives history-making $1.5M gift

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation has received a contribution valued at just over $1.5 million, the largest individual-donor gift in the Foundation’s history, from the estate of John Robert and Anna Jeanne Neeland. John and Anna Neeland, who both passed away in 2012 at the age of 92, were married 67 years. As part of …

A national model for innovation: school leaders from Colo. visit KC to learn from MCC

A group of administrators from the St. Vrain Valley School District in Denver, Colo. are the latest in a series of school officials who have looked to MCC as a model for educational and workforce program innovation. Eight representatives from St. Vrain Valley visited Kansas City last week to explore four programs, some of which have already gained national attention. The group’s …

Achelpohl joins MCC Foundation board

Kathy Achelpohl, principal of architecture firm BNIM, has joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board of directors. As the head of BNIM’s higher education sector, Achelpohl has led architecture projects at colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of California-Los Angeles and UMKC. She also co-led …