College Kickoff welcomes Class of 2017 to MCC-Penn Valley

MCC-Penn Valley’s College Kickoff event June 28 was at least three things: a celebration, a chance to make new friends, and an introduction to campus life. The invitation list: Class of 2017 high school grads who have expressed interest in attending MCC-Penn Valley or have already been admitted. The incoming and prospective students met some …

Together we saw great success, Chancellor James says at farewell

He may have agreed only to “a little cake after the board meeting,” but Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Mark James’ final Board of Trustees meeting involved a bit more than that. James, MCC’s chancellor since 2010, was presented with two resolutions of commendation (one from the College, one from Kansas City Mayor Sly James), a …

MCC-Blue River opens its new Enrollment Center

Students heading back to class this fall will notice some renovations at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River. On June 13, the campus held a ribbon-cutting to debut its newly dubbed Enrollment Center. The Enrollment Center is an area where several student services offices are located, such as academic and financial aid advising, student records and student …

New MCC Chancellor Dr. Kimberly Beatty welcomed at Union Station event

Metropolitan Community College’s eighth chancellor was introduced to the community June 19 at an event in Kansas City’s Union Station, with each speaker’s words echoing throughout the majestic old building. A long line of employees and community members formed to greet Dr. Kimberly Beatty, who’s coming to MCC from Houston Community College, where she’s vice …

For many students, an alternative to taking college algebra

For students whose path through college slows down at the pothole/speed bump/curve in the road known as algebra, good news: There’s another way around. Starting this fall, many Missouri college students will have more options for earning the math credit they need to complete their degree. For decades, college algebra has been the required math …

Photo gallery: MCC honorees at Missouri Community College Association event

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) recently published its photo album from this spring’s annual awards luncheon. The awards from MCCA are twofold.  These awards honor outstanding community college educators each year with the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. They also recognize outstanding Phi Theta Kappa scholars by naming them to the All-Missouri Academic Team. Faculty Awards: …

New MCC solar panels: Watch the energy savings live

You may not be able to see them, but solar panels atop 18 buildings at three MCC campuses are busily harnessing energy from the sun to help power the buildings. Now there’s an easy way to tell exactly how much solar energy is being produced. By going to mcckc.edu/solar-panels and clicking on a campus — …