MCC art instructor blooms larger than life on Crossroads billboards

It’s unlikely you’ll ever see Bernadette Torres without a flower in her hair. But now, if you drive by a pair of billboards on Southwest Boulevard, you’ll discover a self-portrait of the Metropolitan Community College art instructor with bouquets of flowers in her hair and seemingly flying out of it. Torres, also director of MCC-Penn …

Missouri freshman legislators tour MCC’s Health Science Institute

It was Metropolitan Community College’s time to shine in front of a group of state lawmakers. Freshman Missouri legislators stopped by MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Institute Dec. 5 as part of a day of tours coordinated by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The MCC stop was intended to showcase the value of an …

MCC takes part in World AIDS Day events

The week of World AIDS Day 2018 showcased global solidarity for those who are living with or have died from the disease. Metropolitan Community College’s Penn Valley campus held a World AIDS Day ceremony Nov. 30, in which students joined faculty member Nancy Harrington in reading names of Kansas Citians who’ve died from the disease, …

MCC students pack to give back to families in need

About 25 students from Metropolitan Community College took learning out of the classroom and into a volunteering opportunity that will mean a brighter holiday for a local families. The students, who are part of history instructor Crystal Moore’s class, headed out to Harvesters, one of the area’s most well-known food banks, to make a difference. …

Slide show: Students celebrate culture at International Festival

Brightly colored fashion and huge smiles were abundant at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley’s annual International Festival. More than 200 MCC students participated in this year’s event on Nov. 16. The festival, organized by the College’s Applied Language Institute (ALI), features the cultures and traditions of the dozens of countries that are native to its students. Every …

National Apprenticeship Week: Speed interviews connect students, employers

It’s a golden opportunity for Metropolitan Community College students seeking Gold Collar jobs. As part of National Apprenticeship Week, MCC-Business & Technology set  up speed interviews for students studying to be  welders, industrial electricians, maintenance mechanics and machining and tool and die specialists on Nov. 14. The event mirrors the modern concept of speed dating, …

MCC’s sold-out MLK luncheon Jan. 18 to feature ‘BlacKkKlansman’ writers

Update, Jan. 15: This event is sold out! No tickets remain. One of the screenwriters of the recent Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman” and the African-American police officer who inspired the film will be the featured speakers at the Metropolitan Community College Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon. The event will be Friday, Jan. 18, …

Annual MCCA awards honor faculty and staff

The annual Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) convention again showcased the top talent at Metropolitan Community College.  A large continent of MCC colleagues was there to help celebrate the awards bestowed on College honorees. MCCA handed out its awards in Branson on Nov. 9. Here’s a look at this year’s recipients: Governor’s Awards for Excellence …

MCC Wolves: Strong finishes in soccer, volleyball, cross country

Metropolitan Community College athletes put a couple of significant wins on the books for the debut season of the new mascot. The Wolves made strong showings in both women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and cross country running. The women’s soccer team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVI championship against St. Charles Community …

MCC honors two students with scholarships at Veterans Day luncheon

Standing proud and tall, Metropolitan Community College honored the veterans among its students, faculty and staff. They gathered at the annual Chancellor’s Veterans Day Scholarship Luncheon at MCC-Penn Valley on Nov. 12. This year’s scholarship winners are MCC students Steven Dinwiddie and David McHenry.   The two veterans each received $2,500 to attend MCC. Cpl. Steven …