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. …

MCC honored for energy conservation

Metropolitan Community College, in partnership with Walker Reid Strategies, has been honored by a national environmental program for the college’s energy conservation initiatives. Through the use of energy efficient lighting technology, MCC has significantly reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions at facilities across the five-campus district. Specifically, the lighting technologies implemented in campus buildings have met and exceeded …

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 …