‘Beetle Bailey’ cartoonist Mort Walker was an MCC alumnus

After Mort Walker, creator of the iconic “Beetle Bailey” comic strip, died Jan. 27, The Kansas City Star called him a “Mizzou alum.” True. But before Walker attended the University of Missouri, he studied at the Junior College of Kansas City, the institution now known as Metropolitan Community College. Walker, born in El Dorado, Kan., but raised …

‘1,000 Footsteps’ series uses art, conversation to tell KC refugee stories

“1,000 Footsteps Tell the Story: Refugees’ Journeys Through Art and Conversation” opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley’s Carter Art Center, 3201 Southwest Trafficway. The art exhibit and series of accompanying programs focus on the refugees who now call Greater Kansas City home. The art exhibit includes …

Get free income-tax help at MCC-Maple Woods

IRS-certified counselors who also happen to be college students will be on hand at  Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods to provide free income-tax help for those who qualify. Maple Woods’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is in partnership with NextStepKC. The free tax preparation (federal and state electronic filing) is for most people with incomes …

MCC releases the Fall 2017 Dean’s List

Metropolitan Community College has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. Across MCC’s five campuses, 17.7 percent of students earned the academic distinction. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours. Earning Dean’s List recognition is an indication …

MCC trustees approve half-price tuition for many high school students

The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees has approved an MCC tuition rate for high school students that is 50 percent less than standard tuition, effective the 2018-19 school year. The action came at the trustees’ Jan. 18 meeting. The reduced tuition rate applies to students in school districts that have agreements in place with …

Are we there yet? Speakers look forward and back at MCC MLK event

The Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon included appeals for love instead of hate, as well as reflections on how African-Americans and others have fared since King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. Another highlight of the event was the announcement of the 2018 Chancellor’s MLK scholarship winners, one from each MCC campus. (Read …

Five MCC students win Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships

During the first three years of the Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship program at Metropolitan Community College, one service-minded Early College student received the honor annually. But this year,  with support from the MCC Foundation, the program expanded: Five students, one from each campus, received a $500 award. To be eligible, students had to …

Three MCC employees named to KC Black Achievers Society

Three Metropolitan Community College employees — Ayanna Bridges, Jackie Gill and Christal Waters — have been selected to join the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City. The group, founded by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver in 1974 (five years before the former Kansas City mayor was first elected to the City Council), honors local African-American …