New MCC solar panels: Watch the energy savings live

You may not be able to see them, but solar panels atop 18 buildings at three MCC campuses are busily harnessing energy from the sun to help power the buildings. Now there’s an easy way to tell exactly how much solar energy is being produced. By going to mcckc.edu/solar-panels and clicking on a campus — …

Dr. Tyjaun Lee named new MCC-Penn Valley president

Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., has been named president of the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus in midtown Kansas City, MCC Chancellor Mark James has announced. Lee, who has more than 20 years of progressive experience in higher education, will be coming to MCC from Maryland, where since 2009 she has served as vice president for …

New bus route expands benefits to MCC U-Pass riders

Metropolitan Community College students have even better transportation options now, thanks to an ongoing partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and a brand-new RideKC bus route, designed specifically with students in mind. The College is starting Year 2 of its free U-Pass bus program for students, and RideKC is getting ready to launch …

Dr. Kimberly Beatty named new MCC chancellor; public reception June 19

The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Kimberly Beatty the eighth chancellor of the institution, succeeding Mark James, who will retire at the end of June. Dr. Beatty, currently serving as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer at Houston Community College, will be introduced to the Kansas City community …

Institute for Workforce Innovation workshop highlights benefits of Missouri Works program

The Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI) at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology recently hosted and conducted a workshop on the Missouri Works Customized Training (MCT) program to assist local companies interested in applying for state funds. IWI invited current and potential clients to the workshop, which included discussions on funding eligibility, allowable training costs, details …

#MCCGrads2017: MCC-Blue River soccer player graduates with a 4.0

New Metropolitan Community College-Blue River grad Amber Krumm recently received a top honor from the National Junior College Athletic Association, but it requires a bit of explaining. Until recently, a community college student athlete who’d earned a perfect 4.0 GPA after at least three semesters would receive the NJCAA’s Pinnacle Award. Under the previous guidelines, …

Was your Spring 2017 GPA at least a 3.5? Congrats! You made the list

Metropolitan Community College has released its Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester. More than 18 percent of students enrolled at the five campuses 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 …

New Americans welcomed at MCC-Penn Valley ceremony

Applicants for U.S. citizenship and their families and friends packed the gymnasium at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley for a ceremony that was marked by frequent applause, big smiles and plenty of picture-taking. “I truly wish you all the rich blessings that come with being an American,” U.S. District Court Judge Brian C. Wimes told the …

Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City shines brightly for charity concert

To say one of Metropolitan Community College’s featured cultural arts ensembles was wowed by the response at a spring fundraiser would be an understatement. The Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City, based at the MCC-Blue River campus, presented its concert “Sunny Days Ahead,” a benefit for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, in April. It was standing room only with …