MCC instructor Sam Beckett featured in KCPT ode to backyard baseball

MCC-Penn Valley instructor Sam Beckett’s own field of dreams is featured in a new KCPT online series, “Call of the Sandlot.” It can also be seen on TV, debuting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, on the public television station (Channel 19). In 1998, Beckett and his wife, Ana, turned a kind-of-overgrown “pie-shaped wedge” of …

Photo gallery: Welcome to a brand-new school year!

Wednesday, Aug. 23, was the first day of Metropolitan Community College’s 103rd academic year. It’s great to see everyone! Best wishes for a successful, fulfilling year. Here are some first-day scenes from around MCC (click any photo to see it larger): It was Laker Blue Day at MCC-Longview, with free T-shirts, wristbands and candy at …

Textbook author Tom Wheeler is now a publisher, too

If you never got around to finding a beach read — or a beach — this summer, might we suggest this title by one of MCC’s own: “Electronic Communications for Professionals.” Too weighty? Maybe. But if you’re interested in radio signals, high-definition television, GPS systems, data communications and related topics, this could be the book …

Students need new ID cards to take advantage of free bus service

Metropolitan Community College has an important update for new and returning students regarding the expiration dates on the U-Pass ID card benefit. The U-Pass program, which was introduced this time last year, lets any MCC credit student with a student ID take RideKC buses for free. But cards issued a year ago are expiring on …

Escape rooms at MCC? No, just a student training exercise

When it comes to escape rooms, a little stress is part of the deal. The idea is that several people are trapped in a room until they deduce their way out, using smarts and teamwork. But when Metropolitan Community College’s FOCUS program designed escape rooms for students serving as supplemental instruction leaders, claustrophobia wasn’t in …

MCC student goes behind the cameras at 41 Action News

MCC-Penn Valley student John Ross didn’t actually make it on TV during a recent visit to KSHB, Channel 41, but he got pretty close. Ross, 25, spent a day job-shadowing at “41 Action News.” He’s working on his associate in arts degree at MCC now and plans to transfer to UMKC to study broadcast journalism. …

MCC activities for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, millions of people across the country will experience the first total solar eclipse to cross America coast-to-coast in 99 years. In addition to those who live in the “path of totality,” which includes a large part of the Kansas City region, up to 7 million people nationwide are expected to travel …

Community invited to attend Missouri Innovation Campus grand opening Sept. 5

Metropolitan Community College is pleased to share news of the grand opening of the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) in Lee’s Summit. The MIC program is a collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri and MCC. WHEN: Grand opening ceremony is 4 p.m. Sept. 5 LOCATION: 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, Lee’s Summit, …