MCC Early College Academy robot team advances to state finals

Innovation, creativity and a competitive spirit paid off for MCC-Penn Valley’s Early College Academy robot team. The team name is the Algorhythms, and it beat 34 high school teams Feb. 9 at Blue Springs High School in the Western Missouri Conference Championship of FIRST Tech Challenge. The win qualifies the team for the Missouri state …

Gifted MCC singer lends voice to North American musical premiere

You may not know her, but you will likely recognize her voice. Millie Edwards Nottingham is the reading coordinator at MCC-Penn Valley. She is also an accomplished singer who routinely lends her voice to Metropolitan Community College events. And in March, she will take the stage with Kantorei KC and a jazz combo from UMKC …

FastTracks program: Another way to remove barriers to a college degree

Students will now find it easier to jump on the FastTracks, and have more paths to take once they’re on board. Metropolitan Community College and Northwest Missouri State University marked the expansion of the FastTracks program with a signing ceremony Feb. 14 at the Northwest-Kansas City campus in Gladstone. FastTracks aims to provide a speedy, …

MCC, Northwest Missouri State to celebrate expansion of FastTracks program

Metropolitan Community College and Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate the expansion of the FastTracks program at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Northwest-Kansas City campus in Gladstone. MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty, Ed.D., Northwest President John Jasinski, Ph.D., and other officials (plus the school mascots) will be in attendance along with community leaders. FastTracks …

Photo gallery: 2019 Chancellor’s MLK scholarship luncheon

The 2019 Metropolitan Community College Chancellor’s Martin Luther King Jr.  Scholarship Luncheon on Jan. 18 raised $103,000 for MCC student scholarships. The keynote speakers were “BlacKkKlansman” writers Ron Stallworth (memoirist, inspiration for the film) and Kevin Willmott (co-screenwriter). Read more about the event here. Here are some scenes from the luncheon (photos by Riffel Photography).

New art show at MCC-Penn Valley promises to pique the senses

By Mary Beth Hope Carter Art Center at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley will open a nontraditional show of original art, “Colla Voce: Follow the Solo Voice,” 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. In addition to painting and sculpture, the show will include a performance artist and a spoken-word artist. Featured artists Maria Vasquez Boyd, painting; Kathryne …

MCC students give back to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dozens of Metropolitan Community College students, faculty and staff donated their time during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 21. They volunteered to help several organizations including Franciscan Warehouse, Unleashed Pet Rescue, Connections to Success (services and support for people living in poverty), Primrose Retirement Community, Coldwater food pantry and clothes closet …