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How did MCC’s campuses end up where they are? Archivist has the answers
Anyone interested in “ancient” history — 1915, for instance, when the school that would become Metropolitan Community College was founded downtown — got what they came for at an Oct. 25 program at MCC-Penn Valley. [ Update: An encore of this event is planned for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at MCC-Penn Valley Education Center ...

Attorney Maurice Watson: ‘I think there is a great excitement surrounding MCC’
With 16 offices across the U.S. and in London, Husch Blackwell has a heritage of nearly a century of legal service. Maurice Watson became chairman of Husch Blackwell in 2012. In this role, he is responsible for developing and communicating the firm’s strategic direction. He serves as the firm’s visible leader and public ambassador. As ...

From the archives, 1915: KC’s ‘first city college’ opens downtown
100 Years, 100 Stories The institution that would become Metropolitan Community College started out, in the fall of 1915, as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute at 11th and Locust streets. Operated by the Kansas City school board, the institute originally included a junior college, a teachers college (“normal school”) and a handful of vocational training programs. ...

From the archives: Before Blue River, there was a Blue Springs campus
100 Years, 100 Stories MCC-Blue River became Metropolitan Community College’s fourth permanent campus in 1997, but before that came a Blue Springs campus (opened in 1984 as an extension of MCC-Longview) and an Independence campus. That Independence location became the home of MCC-Blue River. The photo above is the Blue Springs campus in the mid-1980s. ...

MCC’s monumental moments over the last 100 years
100 Years, 100 Stories  We’re always looking to the future at Metropolitan Community College, but during 2015 we also had the pleasure of reflecting on the rich 100-year history of our institution and its significance to the communities of Greater Kansas City. It might surprise some to learn that MCC is the oldest and largest ...

From the archives, 1969: Maple Woods campus opens, with classes held in churches
100 Years, 100 Stories After voters approved a $25 million bond issue in 1965, the Metropolitan Community College District opened three new campuses as planned in 1969 — even though not everything was ready on the first day of classes. The Maple Woods campus in the Northland, for instance, held its first classes in two ...

MCC Foundation board reaching ‘further out into the community,’ at-large officer Kathy Achelpohl says
100 Years, 100 Stories This is one in a series of stories about the leadership of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board. MCC Foundation directors serve as ambassadors for the College, advocate in the community on its behalf, and raise money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives across the district. KATHY ACHELPOHL, an ...

From the archives, 2001: MCC-Longview named a Time magazine ‘College of the Year’
100 Years, 100 Stories MCC’s Longview campus was singled out for national praise in 2001 by a special issue of Time magazine produced in conjunction with the Princeton Review. What made MCC-Longview a “College of the Year”? Its Writing Across the Curriculum program. Longview, according to Time, “places an uncommon emphasis on teaching its students to communicate effectively. ...

Video: MCC alumna helps kids heal at Children’s Mercy Hospital
100 Years, 100 Stories  Children’s Mercy Hospital is the area’s pediatric medical center that focuses on clinical care, research and medical education to serve young patients ages birth to 21. “It’s amazing. I have so much fun hanging out with kids and meeting their families, trying to take care of kids the best that I can while ...

From the archives, 1947: Happy times at ‘the old junior college’
100 Years, 100 Stories Just six years after the Junior College of Kansas City — as MCC was once known — moved from downtown to Westport, the original building at 11th and Locust streets was in bad shape. In this 1947 feature story from The Kansas City Star, a couple who met there (she as ...

Anna Springer: MCC graduate now happily employed
100 Years, 100 Stories  WestRock Co., a global packaging organization, has 275 operating and business locations that span North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Included in that long list of locations is an office in Blue Springs, and that’s where MCC graduate Anna Springer now works. Springer completed the Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing ...

From the archives, 1950: Original junior college building eyed for demolition
100 Years, 100 Stories The Junior College of Kansas City, as MCC was once known, moved from downtown to a former junior high building in Westport in 1941 (or possibly ’42, as this Kansas City Star article states). By 1950, the Kansas City school board, which ran the college, was wondering what to do with ...

From the archives: ‘Exciting things were taking shape’ in 1915
100 Years, 100 Stories When Annette Betz wrote about the early days of the institution that would become Metropolitan Community College, she wrote with authority — she was there. Betz was a German, Latin and English instructor who worked at the College from the time it opened its doors in 1915 until she retired in 1957. One note: ...

Crossroads billboards feature work of MCC art instructor — and her 8-year-old daughter
100 Years, 100 Stories  MCC-Blue River art instructor DeAnna Skedel says she discusses her process of making art all the time with students. Now they, and the rest of us, can see a larger-than-life example of it. A Skedel piece called “Dino Fear” is being displayed on two side-by-side billboards at Missouri Bank and Trust, ...

Robert Page named MCC’s executive director of inclusion and engagement
100 Years, 100 Stories  Metropolitan Community College has named Robert N. Page Jr. the new Executive Director of Inclusion and Engagement. This will be a senior leadership role developed to guide and support the College in ensuring that inclusion, equity and diversity, which are fundamental to the College’s mission, are fully incorporated and embraced into ...

MCC hosts discussion on new business opportunities
100 Years, 100 Stories  Metropolitan Community College leaders were happy to host a discussion surrounding climate change, solar energy and business opportunities. Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, MCC-Penn Valley president, welcomed Ron Busby, president and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, from Washington, D.C. Busby visited Kansas City on Nov. 12 to talk about new tools that may ...

Video: Thank you, and you and you . . .
100 years, 100 Stories  Video: Metropolitan Community College is one of the nation’s most historic community colleges. With five campuses, spanning a 50-mile radius across the Greater Kansas City area and serving about 37,000 students each year, MCC has a proud tradition of providing high quality, affordable education to students.   With more than 120 degree ...

MCC-Penn Valley hosts International Festival
More than 200 MCC students participated in this year’s International Festival, which represented 47 countries. The Applied Language Institute that works with English as a Second Language (ESL) students has been hosting similar festivals since 1998 on the MCC-Penn Valley campus. The students performed for one another, brought in displays to symbolize their unique culture and ...

Video: The MCC evolution
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Metropolitan Community College began as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute and was established by the Kansas City Board of Education on May 29th, 1915 as the first public institution of higher education in Kansas City.  Classes began on September 7, 1915 with 200 students.  The Institute used a downtown Kansas ...

Video: MCC alumni you may know
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Looking through the long list of students who chose an Metropolitan Community College education, you can see MCC alumni create the fabric of our community. Since the first graduating class in 1915, our alumni have distinguished themselves in many fields.  These are just a few of the many stars launched from ...

Video: MCC is more than a jumpstart for Brittney Gumm
100 Years, 100 Stories As a single mom with two small children, two and three, Gumm was unemployed and said she knew she needed to find a better way to provide for her family.  She heard about programs being offered at Metropolitan Community College. Once she discovered that grant money, given by the U.S. Department ...

Video: Missouri Innovation Campus student succeeds
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Henry Londre is busy. While in High School, the 18 year old is also taking college classes and working. “I have college classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s duel credit college courses and the classes I’m taking count both for my associate’s degree and my high school diploma. I’m ...

Video: MCC is more than a great start for Jakob Ganschow
100 Years, 100 Stories 23 year old Jakob Ganschow says he will always cherish his time at MCC, “I will forever and ever proudly wave the MCC flag and support community colleges.” When he first enrolled in classed he has no idea where his educational journey was headed. “I was working a lot of jobs ...

Video: Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi is an MCC alumnus
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: The Kansas City Fire Department provides fire protection, emergency medical service, emergency rescue and hazardous materials response to an estimated population of 466,600 people.  And Metropolitan Community College alumnus, Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi is the department’s highest ranking uniformed officer. “The job of a firefighter is a big responsibility ...

Joe Limata: An MCC graduate who loves his profession
100 Years, 100 Stories MCC’s Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing (CIMM) program works to train high-skill employees for the manufacturing industry. Students in the program spend 10 weeks in the lab and classroom mastering the basics of machining, and the last six weeks as a paid intern at one of 43 local companies. This new model ...

Crystal Lenhart: a medical assistant in training
100 Years, 100 Stories 21 year old Crystal Lenhart will be the first in her family to graduate from college. Encouraged by her parents, she is a determined MCC- Penn Valley student who, after taking anatomy, began to see a new direction. Her goal is to work as a radiologist. Right now she is enrolled ...

MCC Instructor, Kim Glackin, advocates in Washington D.C. for Behavioral Health
100 Years, 100 Stories Among hundreds of mental health advocates from around the country who converged in Washington D.C. on Capitol Hill Tuesday, October 6, 2015 , was MCC-Blue River’s Psychology Instructor Kim Glackin.  Glackin was part of the 600 plus advocates for behavioral health who met with more then 300 members of Congress to ...

Meet Alicia White: A Health Information Technology program graduate
100 Years, 100 Stories The MoHealthWINs program ends this week, so we wanted to share some stories about the impact the program has made on our students and our community. Meet Alicia White: White says her lifelong dream was to work in a hospital. With help from the MoHealthWINs program she passed the Certified Associate in ...

MCC alumnus Hal Boyle, a celebrated WWII correspondent
100 Years, 100 Stories When it comes to legendary war correspondents, Ernie Pyle is one name that should come to mind. Hal Boyle is another. Boyle (1911-1974) was born in Kansas City, the son of Irish immigrants. As a boy he worked in his dad’s butcher shop at 23rd and Vine streets. He attended the ...

Video interview with MCC Chancellor Mark James on ‘What’s Up Kansas City’
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Chancellor Mark James talks to the web series “What’s Up Kansas City” about the importance of community colleges along with the history, current challenges and goals  for Metropolitan Community College. “What’s Up Kansas City” was launched in July 2012.  The Internet-based company was created to facilitate honest and constructive conversations concerning ...

A tree is planted in Maryville to honor MCC’s 100th birthday
100 Years, 100 Stories Metropolitan Community College has a new Somerset maple tree planted on Northwest Missouri State University’s campus in Maryville to honor MCC’s important centennial milestone and recognize the College’s growth and service. This year marks MCC’s 100th anniversary. The Kansas City Polytechnic Institute was officially established by the Kansas City Board of Education ...

MCC-Maple Woods students declare: ‘I will’
100 Years, 100 Stories When journalist and author Antonio Neves spoke at MCC-Maple Woods recently, part of his program on “How to Create Your Own Luck” involved asking students to articulate their goals: “I Will …” Here’s a look at some of the students and some of their goals. Our thanks to Micaela Church, First ...

Serving communities: MCC students participate in National Day of Service and Remembrance
        100 Years, 100 Stories More than three dozen MCC students participated recently in the Golden Age Games, a program designed to give seniors a day of fun, activity and interaction. The occupational therapy assistant (OTA) and physical therapy assistant (PTA) students volunteered for the event on the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley ...

Video: MCC celebrates 100th birthday with parties on each campus
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, the MCC family celebrated the College’s Centennial on each campus with cake, punch and festivities that included “selfie stations” with props such as party hats. Students, employees and members of the Board of Trustees joined in the revelry. The many birthday cakes were provided by the MCC Foundation. Proclamations ...

Unilever workers avoid layoffs, spend the summer in class at MCC instead
100 Years, 100 Stories With the Unilever plant in Independence set to switch from “wet” to “dry” production — so long, Wish-Bone salad dressing; hello, Knorr gravy mixes — it looked like workers would be laid off this summer while the plant was overhauled. Happily, however, thanks to state funding, 120 Unilever employees spent three ...

Linscomb scholarships support MCC-Maple Woods students
100 Years, 100 Stories In August 2012, MCC received a $100,000 pledge payable over a four-year period from the Irven and NeVada Linscomb Foundation to support student scholarships. The gift provides funding for “Linscomb Scholars,” continuing an existing scholarship fund, the Irven E. Linscomb Scholarship Program, that was established by the Linscomb Foundation in 2000 ...

Video: Quentin Savwoir goes from MCC to City Hall
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Quentin Savwoir grew up in Kansas City.  He graduated from the Paseo Academy, which is part of the Kansas City Public School District. Now he works for the city in Mayor Sly James’ office. “My title is Special Assistant for Public Policy. I work in the areas of public health, transportation ...

Chris Harris, MCC alumnus, works to nourish Kansas City neighborhoods
100 Years, 100 Stories The Harris Park Midtown Sports & Activities Center, located in Kansas City’s Ivanhoe neighborhood, is designed to be more than just a recreation spot — it also serves as an educational facility. The park serves the midtown area, from 31st to 47th streets, the Paseo east to Prospect. Programs available at ...

Video: KC Police Chief and MCC alumnus Darryl Forte
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Darryl Forte graduated from Metropolitan Community College in 1985. He is now Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte. He’d wanted to become a police officer since he was 12 years old. As a kid he met a police officer at 76th and Monroe in Kansas City. The officer was so nice and spent two hours ...

Video: U.S. Secretary of Labor visits MCC, praises job training programs
100 Years, 100 Stories Metropolitan Community College was excited to host U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez as he toured the MCC-Business & Technology campus and then took part in a roundtable discussion that featured MCC business partners and successful graduates of the programs. Mark James, MCC chancellor, and Terry Dunn, chairman of the ...

Best year ever for MCC’s OSHA training center
100 Years, 100 Stories It’s a record year for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training center at Metropolitan Community College’s Business & Technology campus. The Region VII OSHA Training Institute Education Center, which serves Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, trained 1,243 people between Oct. 1, 2014, and July 31 of this year. (By ...

Foundation board secretary CiCi Rojas: MCC students’ life experience is ‘part of the value’
100 Years, 100 Stories This is one in a series of stories about the leadership of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board. MCC Foundation directors serve as ambassadors for the college, advocate in the community on its behalf, and raise money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives. CICI ROJAS, secretary of the Foundation’s ...

MCC employee and alumnus achieves success through perseverance
100 years, 100 Stories Charles Ward, who works in the Student Enrollment Center at MCC-Longview, admits he was an average student in high school: “I did just enough to get by, because I preferred to goof around and have fun. I just didn’t really care too much.” Ward, 28, now finds himself working at his ...

Video: MCC is proud to call Royals Hall of Famer Frank White an MCC alumnus
100 years, 100 Stories Video: Frank White, eight-time Gold Glove winner and Royals Hall of Fame second baseman, is beloved in Kansas City. In 1985, he was on the team that won the World Series title. “As kids, we use our imaginations and put ourselves in the World Series,” said White. It was Royals owner Ewing ...

MCC’s workforce training a win-win-win, Foundation board officer Josh Maxfield says
100 Years, 100 Stories This is one in a series of stories about the leadership of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board. MCC Foundation directors serve as ambassadors for the college, advocate in the community on its behalf, and raise money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives. JOSH MAXFIELD, treasurer of the Foundation’s 25-member ...

From the archives: The saga of a bold venture
100 Years, 100 Stories More than 50 years ago, in 1964, Annette Betz wrote an article outlining the history and journey of the institution that would become Metropolitan Community College. Betz was a German, Latin and English instructor who worked at the college from the time it opened its doors in 1915 until she retired in 1957.

MCC Foundation chair Jason Dalen: ‘Our alums are everywhere you look’
100 Years, 100 Stories This is one in a series of stories about the leadership of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board. MCC Foundation directors serve as ambassadors for the college, advocate in the community on its behalf, and raise money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives across the district. JASON DALEN, chair ...

From the archives: The land that would become MCC-Penn Valley
100 Years, 100 Stories MCC-Penn Valley opened its doors in 1969. This photo is from The Kansas City Times, and was published in February 1968. The caption: “The 27-acre junior college site recommended for the first campus of Metropolitan Junior College-Kansas City is outlined in this aerial photograph looking east. The Business Men’s Assurance building and the beginning ...

Nursing student credits MCC instructors with helping her move forward
100 Years, 100 Stories If you catch Leslie Clark having a free moment, consider it a rare event. The practical nursing student at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley is usually in class or clinicals from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Then she goes to work at Truman Medical Centers. Sometimes that’s overnight, 7 p.m. to ...

TRiO grant will help MCC students earn a four-year degree
100 Years, 100 Stories A five-year grant from the Federal TRiO Programs is designed to help 250 Metropolitan Community College students a year successfully graduate and go on to earn four-year degrees. Student Support Services is one of eight TRiO initiatives to serve and assist first-generation college students, low-income students and individuals with disabilities. The ...

MCC students benefit from KCFD Scholarships
100 Years, 100 Stories The Kansas City Fire Department is giving Metropolitan Community College students a shot at lifesaving careers while the department grapples with a nationwide shortage of paramedics. The department invested $25,000 dollars to educate future KCFD men and women. This summer seven students are the recipients of KCFD scholarships. Chad Wright, MCC’s Clinical Coordinator ...

Mark Johnson teaches more than classroom lessons
100 Years, 100 Stories MCC-Longview alumnus and adjunct business instructor Mark Johnson seems to be a living, breathing example of larger than life. The tall man with a booming voice easily commands his classroom, but that should be natural to a man who led Green Berets units in Special Operations. Johnson’s service included more than ...

MCC-Business & Technology’s Susan Blaser joins ‘Inspiring Women in STEM’ honorees
100 Years, 100 Stories Susan Blaser, instructor of the Electric Utility Line Technician Program at MCC-Business & Technology, has been selected as a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM award. The award is presented to 100 women whose work and achievements not only encourage others in their individual STEM — science, technology, engineering ...

From the archives: MCC-Longview opens with record-setting numbers
100 Years, 100 Stories This article appeared in the Lee’s Summit Journal on October 9, 1969.

Flights of Fancy attracts thousands to MCC-Longview
  100 Years, 100 Stories One day each spring, kites soar in the skies over MCC-Longview at the Flights of Fancy kite festival. Nearly 10 years ago, Dr. Fred Grogan, former MCC-Longview president, envisioned a sky full of kites over the beautiful grounds of the campus. “Dr. Grogan thought the Longview grounds were a perfect ...

MCC scholarship honors fallen hero, alumnus
100 Years, 100 Stories A Kearney, MO, native and Navy SEAL’s name lives on through a scholarship for Metropolitan Community College students. In remembrance of athlete and national hero Matt Mason, the MCC Foundation, along with Matt’s friends and family, established a scholarship to be awarded to future baseball players who exhibit the navy SEAL’s ...

Video: Ewing Kauffman-MCC alumnus and Kansas City legend
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Mr. K’s passion for education began early on. His mother put an emphasis on education as she was an educated woman. That emphasis transferred to Mr. K’s love of education and willingness to be an avid reader and always wanting to learn. Wendy Guilles, acting president and CEO of Ewing ...

Video: MCC’s community impact
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Metropolitan Community College has been an integral part of the Kansas City community since 1915. Nearly 100 years after its founding, MCC continues to provide a vital and powerful service for the students and the region it serves. Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., (EMSI), is a CareerBuilder company that turns labor ...

Video: Bonyen Lee from MCC to TV news
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Bonyen Lee is an anchor and reporter for KCTV5 news, Kansas City’s local CBS television station. She covers issues that impact our community. “I am passionate about journalism. I think it’s important to share the truth and make people aware of what is happening in our community. I grew up ...

From the archives: President Bainter takes a leave of absence to serve in World War I
100 Years, 100 Stories In 1917, MCC lost two students in World War I.  At war’s end MCC’s president, Edward Bainter, who had taken a leave of absence to serve his country during the war, returned to serve MCC. Here is a clipping from the school newspaper:

From the archives: MCC-Longview Lakers win national title
100 Years, 100 Stories Eight years ago, this clipping from The Kansas City Star, appeared in the paper June 9, 2007. The MCC-Longview Lakers baseball team pulled out a win to take the NJCAA division II national championship title.   —————————————————————————————————————————— MCC- Longview Lakers Win National Title Cole Young, The Kansas City Star, June 9, 2007, LS16. When ...

Video: Rhiannon Ally – MCC to TV news anchor
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Update since the story was first produced.  Rhiannon Ally is an MCC alumna and currently co-anchors KSHB’s NBC Action news at 5 and 10 on the local NBC affiliate.  She is married to her co-anchor Mike Marusarz. Rhiannon Ally is an MCC alumna. For the past few years, she’s been ...

Video: Idris Raoufi, MCC alumnus, gives back to KC
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Idris Raoufi, KCMO transportation planner at the engineering firm Wilson and Company, started the Bicycle Collective in 2008 with a group of friends and volunteers. His passions for his professional and personal life have the same people and end game in mind. While his philanthropic work literally puts people on ...

MCC-Longview’s Robyn McGee author published by University of Cambridge Press
100 Years, 100 Stories In the academic world, there’s getting published, and then there’s getting published by the University of Cambridge Press. MCC-Longview English instructor Robyn McGee experienced both last spring as her chapter on slave literature of Virginia was included in the book “A History of Virginia Literature,” published by the University of Cambridge ...

2015 Graduates receive a special letter from Congressman Cleaver
100 Years, 100 Stories 2015 Project Success graduates received a special letter from Congressman Cleaver to commemorate the important achievement.   Project Success is a Student Support Services Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In May of 2015, 34 students graduated from the Project Success program on MCC-Penn Valley’s campus. It gives a ...

Video: Karla Vega, MCC student, fulfilling a dream
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Karla Vega is the first member of her family to attend College.  She graduated from the Kansas City Public School district and says she was one of the few students from her high school to continue learning through higher education. ” As a Latina,  the expectation for me to graduate ...

Video: MCC graduates earn prestigious honor
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Thousands were on hand at the Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium to commemorate and honor the 900 plus Metropolitan Community College students who earned the opportunity to graduate and officially enter the MCC alumni community.  The 2015  Commencement marks an impressive historical milestone for the College.  Students who participated in this year’s ...

Video: An Olympian among MCC
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Terin Humphrey won two silver medals in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. She won one medal along with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team and the other for her solo performance on the uneven bars. “It’s so crazy to just bring out my medals every once in a while and ...

Early College Academy graduating class sets new record
100 Years, 100 Stories 900 plus students will graduate during Metropolitan Community College’s Centennial Commencement ceremony on Thursday night.  Of those students,  39 students will graduate with both two-year college degrees from MCC- Penn Valley and high school diplomas thanks to the Kansas City Public Schools Early College Academy. This program is a partnership between MCC-Penn Valley ...

Bernadette Esperanza Torres: art faculty and community artist
100 Years, 100 Stories Bernadette Torres is a fine arts instructor and director of the Carter Art Center gallery at MCC-Penn Valley. Torres is also a working artist who has had exhibitions across the Midwest. Her solo ceramic art exhibition “Blooming Dreams and Fading Memories” is on view at the University of Houston, Clear Lake, ...

JR Byers – From MCC to Russia
100 Years, 100 Stories As a former corporate trainer and business owner, Byers hit a string of bad luck when the economy began to go south. He had to sell his business and immediately started looking for a way to continue to support himself and his children as a single parent. Byers came to MCC ...

Jalil Muhammad – Current student and Kauffman Scholar
100 Years, 100 Stories Jalil Muhammad was a Kauffman Scholar at Missouri State University and experienced a difficult time, forcing a difficult decision to move back home to Kansas City. Fortunately, Muhammad understood the value of education and realized the confidence the Kauffman Foundation had in his ability to succeed and chose to enroll at ...

MCC instructor excellence recognized
100 Years, 100 Stories MCCA celebrated esteemed instructors and students at a luncheon on April 8, 2015. MCC is proud to have five instructors, one from each campus, honored with the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The annual award is presented to educators who demonstrate effective teaching and advising, are dedicated in their ...

Video: MCC Centennial Celebration sets records
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: A celebration 100 years in the making – the Metropolitan Community College Centennial Celebration – occurred on Saturday, April 18 and set new records for the college in attendance and fundraising. Nearly 800 guests gathered inside the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center and enjoyed an evening filled ...

Jazz Fest 2015 features MCC students
100 Years, 100 Stories The Penn Valley Jazz Ensemble wowed the audience at The Gem Theater on Friday, April 17. Every April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) highlights the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure. To  showcase this special month MCC-Penn Valley teamed up with the American JAZZ Museum to draw greater ...

MCC-Maple Woods’ baseball hits career milestone: 500 wins
100 Years, 100 Stories After starting his coaching career as an assistant coach at Metropolitan Community College 25 years ago, Marty Kilgore has reached yet another milestone with the Monarchs: his 500th win. With Kilgore in the dugout, the MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs coasted to an easy 12-2 home win over conference rival St. Charles Community ...

MCC participates in a blueprint for higher education
100 Years, 100 Stories Metropolitan Community College is hosting the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Coordinating Board for Higher Education’s latest strategic planning session at MCC’s Health Science Institute.  The hearing focuses on the state of the health care industry.  Hospital CEO’s, area medical schools as well MCC administrator Dr. Carpenter-Davis are testifying and presenting ...

Video: Charlie Shields -from MCC to CEO
  100 Years, 100 Stories Video: This is the story of Truman Medical Centers’ CEO, Charlie Shields. Truman Medical Centers includes two acute-care hospitals and a behavioral health facility and is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient care in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The academic medical centers serve more than 100,000 patients every ...

FabLab: serving students and the community
100 Years, 100 Stories  The MCC FabLab, located at MCC-Business & Technology, is an environment where students, inventors and representatives from small and large businesses can conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test a variety of products and ideas. The FabLab has state-of-the-art fabrication software and equipment such as prototype printers and precision machining equipment to ...

Video: From MCC to Kansas City’s Mayor
  100 Years, 100 Stories  Video: Before he was elected as Kansas City Mayor, Sly James was a student at Metropolitan Community College. “I came home from the Marine Corps. It has been a while since I had been in school and I was looking for a place where they would recognize that it was ...

Video: Instructors use technology to help a little girl
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Natasha and Scott are thrilled to see their four year old little girl playing. “We were wanting to do an adoption and we have always both been drawn to China. I thought she was adorable. When we saw her for the first time, I already knew that  she was who ...

MCC- Blue River honors community children
100 Years, 100 Stories MCC-Blue River hosted an event, All for the Children, Saturday, March 21. The annual event began in 2011 as a response to the increase in child violence that continues to occur in the region. MCC-Blue River now partners with Little Blue Elementary producing a shift in the focus of the event: the ...

City Union Mission honors MCC employee Barb Friedmann for community service
100 Years, 100 Stories City Union Mission will honor an MCC employee this year during the Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City luncheon scheduled for April 14. Barb Friedmann will be recognized as one one of Kansas City’s most passionate leaders. As the founder and former executive director of Coalition for Community Collaboration/Community Together, Barb ...

March Madness with robots
100 Years, 100 Stories MCC had a chance to engage with the region’s next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators as the College hosted the First Robotics annual competition at the MCC-Business Technology Campus. More than 1,000 high school students representing 54 teams from around the Kansas City region and surrounding states had the opportunity to showcase their original ...

MLK Chancellor’s Scholarship Winner: Queen Wilkes
100 Years, 100 Stories Queen Wilkes was the inaugural winner of the MLK Chancellor’s Scholarship. This scholarship was established to recognize an MCC student that portrayed leadership potential and community service involvement. The award also was intended to place a special focus on students from under-represented populations.  Wilkes was selected as the scholarship winner by ...

Video: Famous author’s parents taught at MCC
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Before Gillian Flynn became an author of three novels, including the New York Times bestseller “Gone Girl”, she grew up in Kansas City. Both of her parents worked at Metropolitan Community College. The blockbuster novel was adapted into a big screen thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. The story ...

MCC participates in program aimed to educate and train for high-tech jobs
100 Years, 100 Stories Metropolitan Community College will provide customized training to help community members looking for jobs learn new skills in three technology sectors: healthcare organizations, small businesses, and large end-user IT firms. MCC is working with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Full Employment Council and Think Big Partners to provide technology ...

Members of the Missouri Senate congratulate MCC on its 100th Anniversary
100 Years, 100 Stories Senator Ryan Silvey presented an official resolution to Chancellor Mark James on behalf of the Missouri State Senate congratulating the College as it celebrates 100 years of service. “Members of the Missouri Senate, Ninety-eighth General Assembly, join in congratulating Metropolitan Community College on its One Hundredth Anniversary of providing education excellence ...

From the archives: Scouts win 1966 championship
100 Years, 100 Stories This story was originally published in the Kansas City Star. The story featured Coach Fred Pohlman (MCC-Penn Valley’s gymnasium namesake) reflecting on the NJCAA Division II tournament win. ————————————————————————————————- Underdog Penn Valley turns out to be giant Paul Coro, The Kansas City Star, March 25, 1996, C3   Coach Fred Pohlman ...

KC crime and justice advocate Alvin Brooks is also an MCC alumnus
100 Years, 100 Stories Alvin Brooks is seen all over the community as a staunch advocate of Civil Rights and anti-violence. The former police officer spends much of his time trying to solve issues related to urban crime. Over time, Brooks became a man who got justice for crime victims. In 1977 Brooks founded the Ad ...

Behind the hospital curtains: MCC-Health Science Institute’s Virtual Hospital
100 Years, 100 Stories Simulation education was first introduced to the MCC-Penn Valley nursing program in 2006.  MCC-Penn Valley was awarded $800,000+ to purchase human patient simulators with the OneKC WIRED grant, quickly changing the design and instructional delivery of the nursing and EMS curriculum. Sandy McIlnay, Director of Health Sciences and Virtual Hospital visionary, ...

From the archives: President Harry S. Truman speaks at MCC
100 Years, 100 Stories In honor of President’s Day, we have pulled an article from the archives. Read the newspaper clipping published in 1956 highlighting the College’s first Presidential visit.  President Harry S. Truman spoke to MCC students about American government, politics and education.

MCC student is named top ten in the state
100 Years, 100 Stories Dalton Caples, a Student Ambassador for MCC-Maple Woods, was selected this year as one of ten student ambassadors for the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s state ambassador team. The MDHE state ambassadors will be featured in upcoming publications to give advice and support for incoming and future college students all across ...

MCC-Longview student Evelyn Crosby is hired at Disney World
100 Years, 100 Stories By Rachel Casey Imagine all of the standard jobs for college students, then imagine working at Disney World! MCC-Longview student Evelyn Crosby will have the experience of a lifetime as she moves from her home in Grandview to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for the spring 2015 semester. She will be ...

Students from 129 different countries choose an MCC education
100 Years, 100 Stories Metropolitan Community College (MCC) is a great place to get an education and Kansas City is an exciting place to live and study. So students from all over the world move to Kansas City and take classes in our community. Each semester, approximately 200 international students from more than 50 countries are ...

MCC Students and Employees Donate hundreds of hours of community service during the MLK Day of Service 2015
100 Years, 100 Stories As part of its 100th Year Centennial Celebration, MCC set a goal of providing 100 hours of community service during the MLK Day of Service 2015 Centennial event. MCC students and employees from all five campuses pitched in to reach that goal and give back to our community on this special ...

Former MCC student Tyrone Flowers M-Pacts KC’s youth
100 Years, 100 Stories Tyrone Flowers, JD is the founder of Higher M-Pact, Inc., a non-profit organization whose focus is to mentor, develop and restore hope in the lives of high-risk, Kansas City urban youth. Flowers’ story began at a young age. Flowers had a difficult childhood, to say the least. At the age of ...

Natalie Short helps students and animals grow with MCC-Maple Woods Vet Tech adoption program
100 Years, 100 Stories Tucked in a back room behind the laboratory in the Veterinary Technology facility, there is a bright room lined with cages on one wall; further down the hall, there are well-used-but-clean kennels. One week into the spring semester, those spaces are filled with scared, wide-eyed cats and dogs, recent arrivals from ...

From the archives : 1920-Name change to Junior College of Kansas City
100 Years, 100 Stories Metropolitan Community College began as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute and was established by the Kansas City Board of Education on May 29th, 1915 as the first public institution of higher education in Kansas City.  Classes began on September 7, 1915 with 200 students.  In the beginning, the Institute included a junior ...

Metropolitan Community College’s story from the beginning….
100 Years, 100 Stories Celebrating 100 years: 1915-2015 In the spring of 1915, a representative of the University of Missouri was invited to introduce a two year college plan in Kansas City. The Kansas City school board seized the opportunity to experiment with innovations in post-secondary education. The board’s action was in response to a ...

Video: MCC’s look back at 100 years
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Today, MCC has transformed into the largest public education provider in the area and is one of the premier community colleges in the nation. With five campuses located across the metropolitan community, MCC serves more than 37,000 students every year. “MCC Works” to prepare students, serve communities and create opportunities. From the ...

Video: MCC Centennial celebration plans underway
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Metropolitan Community College will mark its 100-year anniversary with the MCC Centennial Celebration to be held the evening of Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. The event will recognize MCC’s impact on the community and the legacy of one of the college’s ...

Video: MCC employee’s survivor story
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we want to share the story of a brave MCC employee who is now proud to call herself a survivor. Lindsey Jones works in the financial aid department at Metropolitan Community College. She has been working at MCC since ...

Video: From MCC to MIT – A student’s inspiring story
100 Years, 100 Stories Video: Cynthia Odu graduated from Kansas City Public School’s Lincoln College Preparatory Academy with a high school diploma. Days later she accepted her associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley as part of the Early College Academy.   The program is a partnership between MCC–Penn Valley and the Kansas City Public Schools. ...

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