MCC Foundation’s Gratitude Reception honors major scholarship donors

Major donors to the Metropolitan Community College Foundation were honored at an April 24 event at Three Points Event Space downtown. The Gratitude Reception’s guests of honor were Matt and Judith Flynn, former MCC-Penn Valley instructors who established the Cristo Rey Kansas City Scholarship in 2007 for students graduating from the midtown Catholic high school. …

2,500+ are candidates for graduation; #MCCGrads2018 ceremony May 17

Metropolitan Community College’s 2018 commencement exercises will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Municipal Auditorium downtown (301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105). More than 900 students are expected to “walk,” and with family and friends on hand, total attendance should exceed 4,000. This year, more than 2,500 MCC students applied …

MCC-Penn Valley PTK member elected to international post

It’s an historic occasion for Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley: A member of the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society has been elected an international officer. Carol Comer, who’s studying business administration,  was elected vice president of Division III at this year’s PTK Catalyst convention, which was held recently in Kansas City. Comer is …

Degree planning, Starfish early alerts help MCC students find success

Fewer Metropolitan Community College students are dropping classes. More are successfully completing classes. And the percentage of fall semester students re-enrolling for spring is on the rise. What’s behind these encouraging trends? MCC officials point to two student success initiatives launched last fall: required degree planning for first-time students, and early alerts for all students …

Slide show: MCC Community College Day open-house event

The five Metropolitan Community College campuses celebrated MCC Community College Day on Saturday, April 28, with open houses from 9 a.m. to noon. Prospective students and their families learned about the many MCC transfer and career programs and took campus tours. The campuses hosted hundreds of guests collegewide. Campus enrollment managers were excited to see …

Sen. Roy Blunt promotes year-round Pell Grants during MCC visit

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt stopped by Metropolitan Community College with a message for students: Don’t let anything get in the way of completing your education — and don’t assume you can’t afford to take summer classes. Funding for year-round federal Pell Grants was restored by Congress in May 2017, but Blunt isn’t sure the word …

#MCCGrads2018: Who’d we spot wearing a commencement button?

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s now May, and on the Metropolitan Community College campuses, commencement buttons are popping up like tulips. The royal-blue buttons made their first appearance on Tuesday, May 1. You probably saw them worn by commencement committee members and assorted faculty and staff to remind everyone, including students, that this is …

#MCCGrads2018: Student commencement speaker ready for ‘exciting night’

At Metropolitan Community College’s commencement ceremony May 17, Justin Kelleher will be receiving his associate in computer science degree … three days after graduating from high school. But he’ll be doing more than walking across the MCC stage that night. Kelleher will also be the student speaker — the first student commencement speaker in the …

Student in MCC partner program places at state SkillsUSA contest

Congratulations are in order for a Park Hill South High School student who is part of a first-year partnership program between the Northland Career Center and Metropolitan Community College’s Business & Technology campus. Junior London Clark won third place at the Missouri SkillsUSA contest at State Technical College April 5–7. He won in the industrial …