MCC named National Center of Academic Excellence for cybersecurity program

Metropolitan Community College has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for its cybersecurity program. MCC joins about 200 other U.S. colleges and universities with that top-tier designation, among them just 70 two-year colleges. The Centers of Academic Excellence program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and …

Photo gallery: Chancellor and mascot hit the ‘Wolf Trail’

MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty visited each of the five campuses Aug. 27-31, the first full week of fall classes. She was joined on the “Wolf Trail” by, naturally, the MCC Wolf mascot. The visits marked the Wolf’s first official campus appearances. We became the #MCCWolves starting this semester. MCC-Business & Technology Dr. Beatty and the …

The stories behind the student gifts presented to Dr. Beatty at inauguration

Two books, a plaque, a three-sided sculptural piece and a painting — those were the gifts presented to Dr. Kimberly Beatty at her inauguration as Metropolitan Community College’s eighth chancellor Aug. 24. At the ceremony, the presidents of the five MCC campuses introduced videos spotlighting people or programs that contribute to MCC’s mission of “Preparing …

New scholarship for MCC student veterans announced at inauguration

A new scholarship for Metropolitan Community College student veterans pays tribute to the military service of Chancellor Kimberly Beatty’s father, Reggie Helms, who died in 2017. Carolyn Watley, an MCC Foundation director, announced the scholarship and its first recipient at the inauguration of Dr. Beatty. The program was Aug. 24 at the Music Hall downtown. …

New MCC Wolf mascot to make campus appearances Aug. 27-31

Starting this semester, Metropolitan Community College is home of the #MCCWolves — including a living, breathing MCC mascot with big paws, big shoes and plenty of dance moves. The costumed character made its debut Aug. 21, the day before classes started, at MCC’s employee in-service. The Wolf ran up on stage after an introduction by …

MCC trustees agree to sale of Longview Recreation Center to Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation

Metropolitan Community College’s Board of Trustees has approved the $4.1 million sale of the Longview Recreation Center property on the MCC-Longview campus to Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation. Ownership and operation of the facility will transition from the College to Lee’s Summit. The property includes the facility, some parking and green space. The sale includes …

MCC baseball players, staff volunteer in memory of fallen alum

  It was once again a great turnout by Metropolitan Community College volunteers as they came out to serve and participate in an annual event honoring an MCC alum who gave his life in the line of duty. The seventh Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy-Up! Triathlon took place at Smithville Lake on Sunday, August 5, with a …

Oscar Monterroso appointed to MCC Foundation Board of Directors

Oscar Monterroso, co-owner and executive producer of bilingual multimedia firm Tico Productions, has joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation Board of Directors. He was appointed July 19 by the MCC Board of Trustees and will be formally approved by the Foundation board Aug. 8. Board members serve three-year terms. Tico Productions produces marketing videos, radio …

Retired MCC instructor’s unusual honor: A plant named after him

You’ve heard of flowery resumes. But how about a resume that includes the honor of having a flowering plant named after you? Dr. David Belt, a retired Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley biology instructor, can now claim a tropical plant as his namesake. Its official, scientific moniker: Anthurium davidbeltianum Croat. Anthurium is a large genus of flowering …