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Metropolitan Community College is accredited bythe Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 2014-15, Metropolitan Community College— founded as the Kansas City PolytechnicInstitute in 1915 — celebrated 100 years ofeducating Greater Kansas City.

CONTENTSFrom the Chancellor........................................ 1

Board of Trustees and Officers .....................2-3

#MCC100 ....................................................4-7

Preparing Students.......................................8-9

Serving Communities .............................10-11

Creating Opportunities ............................12-13


Financials...................................................... 15

MCC Foundation......................................16-20

Donors .....................................................21-28

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We prepare students by offering a college experience that is uniquely suited to their needs. A Metropolitan Community College education provides the foundation to further one’s education or embark immediately on a career. We serve our communities by providing educational resources that extend beyond the classroom. MCC fuels local commerce by cultivating tomorrow’s workforce and providing business support services that sustain economic development. In addition, cultural activities offered on each of our five campuses enrich the lives of our students, staff and communities. We create opportunities by providing affordable access to quality higher education to those who might not otherwise have it. Regardless of their background, age or experience, we help prospective students overcome barriers in order to access a college education. In short, MCC is an education that works – for students, for employers and for the Kansas City region.

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From the chancellorWe’re always looking to the future at MetropolitanCommunity College, but in 2014-15 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 public institution of higher education in Kansas City and the fourth largest in Missouri. MCC was founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute and has sincebuilt upon an extraordinary academic foundation laid by the faculty who taught that inaugural class of 234 students. In 1919 the institute got a new name, the Junior College of Kansas City, and became one of the first colleges in the nation to award the associate degree.

A century later, in April 2015, MCC hosted a Centennial Celebration attended by Kansas City civic and business leaders, alumni, employees and students. They gathered to honor the history and service of the institution, raise moneyfor student scholarships, and pay tribute to notable alumni.These MCC alumni include CEOs, state and local political leaders, chiefs of public safety agencies, professional athletes, U.S. Olympians, educators, engineers, nurses and other successful graduates numbering in the hundreds of thousands, most of whom call Greater Kansas City home.

These days, MCC is highly sought out for academic collaborations and transfer agreements. Our quality

academic programs combined with the work of the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation — which delivers customized workforce certificate programs to the region’sbusiness and industry — make MCC a recognized regional academic and economic engine.

In preparation for the next century of service to our community, MCC embarked on a new strategic planning process in Spring 2015 involving employees, students andrepresentatives from the community. Five priorities — MCC Climate and Campus Culture, Targeted Student Success, Eliminating the Achievement Gap, System Functions andProcesses, and Strategic Financial Plan — have been identified as the core of this new strategic plan.

We’ll always remember and honor the tremendousaccomplishments of everyone who came before us at MCC.At the same time, I’m confident that we’re well on our way toachieving even greater things over the next 100 years.


Mark S. JamesChancellor

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Board of Trustees

Christopher Whiting (from left), Mariann Tow, Robert Martin, Richard Tolbert, David Disney and Trent Skaggs.

David DisneyPresident

Subdistrict 2

Mariann TowVice PresidentSubdistrict 6

Trent SkaggsSubdistrict 1

Richard TolbertSubdistrict 3

Christopher WhitingSubdistrict 4

Robert MartinSubdistrict 5

Trustees, who are elected by the public, servesix-year terms. The board meets monthly.

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Mark S. JamesChancellor

Shelley Temple KneuveanVice Chancellor, Financial and

Administrative Services

Michel Hillman, Ph.D.Interim Vice Chancellor,

Academic Affairs

Michael Banks, Ph.D.President

MCC-Blue River

Utpal K. Goswami, Ph.D.President

MCC-Maple Woods

Hasan Naima, Ph.D.President

MCC-Business & Technology

Kirk A. Nooks, Ed.D.President


Joseph Seabrooks, Ph.D.President

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Celebratinga century of service

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Birthdays are always special occasions, but Number 100 is a particularly big deal — andMetropolitan Community College did it up right. Throughout 2014-15, MCC toasted itscentury mark in various ways.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James, himself an MCCalumnus, kicked off the 100th academic yearby paying a visit to the Business & Technologycampus, where he talked about the College’simpact on KC’s workforce and economy.

Business & Technology employees presentedthe mayor (at left) with a 3-D wood plaquethey designed and created. Inspired by atopography map, it featured the city logo.

Members of the 100th graduating class received medallions of a new MCC seal, which made its debut at the commencement ceremony in May. Thousands of family members and friends were on hand at Municipal Auditorium to honor the 900-plus new MCC alumni. U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, the keynote speaker, encouraged the grads to continue to push, innovate and move forward: “Don’t give in and don’t ever give up.”

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The party of the century, at least from MCC’s perspective, was the Centennial Celebration at the Kansas City ConventionCenter. The April 18 black-tie gala, attended by about 800 guests, broke fundraising records for the College. The event wasalso a tribute to one of MCC’s best-known alumni: entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Kauffman. (See Pages 16-17 formore on the Centennial Celebration.)

Kansas City and other municipalities in MCC’s areaissued proclamations in honor of the College’s 100thbirthday. The Missouri Senate passed a resolutioncongratulating MCC for “providing education excellenceand service to students.” State Senator Ryan Silvey(right) presented the resolution to Chancellor MarkJames.

The College launched a major fundraising campaign,“100 for 100,” to underwrite 100 scholarships forstudents seeking associate degrees.

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100 years, 100 stories

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In honor of the College’s centennial, we decided to share “100 Stories” about members of the MCC community past and present. Here’s a quick glance. Learn more about these people and others at

“I still remember probably more of those entry-level classes I had at Longview than I do the rest of my entire college career.”

— MCC alumnus Charlie Shields, Truman Medical Centers CEO. The former Missouri legislator is also a member of the MCC Foundation board of directors.

“The teachers I had, I still remember to this day.”

— “41 Action News” anchor Rhiannon Ally, who took classes at MCC’s Penn Valley and Longview campuses. She and her husband, Mike Marusarz, both Kansas City natives, moved back to the area from Miami in 2015.

“They were looking at me like, ‘You don’t look like a police officer at all,’ so it is kind of a good thing to get out there and surprise them.”

— Terin Humphrey, Olympic silver medalist who later enrolled in the police academy at MCC-Blue River, following in her brother’s footsteps. Humphrey won two silver medals in gymnastics at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. After graduating from MCC, she worked as a police officer for 4 ½ years. Shannon Humphrey is a Blue Springs police sergeant who teaches at Blue River’s Public Safety Institute.

“I’d like for it to be around another 100 years, because it has benefited me and so many other family members and friends.”

— Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte, who earned an associate degree at MCC-Penn Valley

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“I was nervous to leave high school, but my dad told meto look at the big picture.”

— Queen Wilkes (right), winner of MCC’s inaugural MLK Chancellor’s Scholarship, named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Early College Academy program, Wilkes started at MCC while still a Kansas City Public Schools student. She calls MCC a “gateway to opportunity.”

“Going to MCC helped me develop expectationsof what an education could be.”

— Idris Raoufi (right), a transportation planner and alumnus of MCC-Penn Valley. He also co-founded the 816 Bicycle Collective, a community recycled bike shop.

“Every semester we would come home and talk about students who you could tell would go on to do great things that they would not have been able to do without that college.”

— Judith Flynn, mom of bestselling novelist Gillian Flynn, whose blockbuster “Gone Girl” was turned into a movie starring Ben Affleck. Judith and her husband, Matt, both taught at MCC.

“It was a natural fit, because I’d heard good things about the program and they accommodated a firefighter’s schedule.”

— Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi, who graduated from MCC-Penn Valley in 1992 with an associate degree, fire science emphasis. Berardi and the Kansas City Fire Department recently established an MCC scholarship to attract and train paramedics.

“(MCC is) very much involved now in preparing people for careers.I think that’s extremely important, that we have an institution that isfocused on the job market.”

— Kansas City Mayor Sly James, who used the G.I. Bill to study at MCC-Penn Valley before attending Rockhurst University and law school

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TSEarly College Academygrows its numbersHigh school and college commencement ceremonies withindays of each other? That’s reality for graduates of MCC’sEarly College Academy.

In May the program celebrated 39 student success stories,the largest number in three years of graduates. ThroughEarly College Academy, a partnership with Kansas CityPublic Schools, highly motivated students spend most of their junior and senior years of high school atMCC-Penn Valley. Then, at the end of their senior year, students earn an associate degree at the same time they graduate from high school.

Similar early-college opportunities are also offered at MCC’s other campuses.

MCC faculty honored forexcellence in teachingMissouri Community College Association bestowed Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching to five MCC faculty members in April.

The College’s honorees: Brian Chasteen, MCC-Penn Valley counselor; Katherine Ellis, MCC-Business & Technology computer science instructor; Jessica Halperin, MCC-Maple Woods sociology instructor; Randall Moore, MCC-Longview history instructor and social science division chair; and DeAnna Skedel, MCC-Blue River art instructor.

The annual awards are presented to Missouri educators who demonstrate effective teaching and advising, are dedicated in their service to the college community, and who nurture student success in and out of the classroom.

MCC named a ‘Military Friendly School’Through programs such as VeteransUpward Bound, MCC strives to helpmilitary veterans achieve successin and out of the classroom. Theseefforts were validated when the Collegewas named a 2015 “Military FriendlySchool” by Victory Media, publisher ofsuch media channels as G.I. Jobs and Vetrepreneur.

The Military Friendly designation isawarded to the top 15 percent of highereducation institutions “that are doingthe most to embrace military students.”

Victory Media says its list was compiled through data-driven surveys of

more than 10,000 schoolsnationwide.

Andrew Forbeck (right), anMCC-Penn Valley studentwho served in the U.S. Navyfrom 2009 to ’13, praised MCC’s efforts at making veterans feelcomfortable on campus.

“It is not just the faculty andemployees who care aboutveterans, it’s also the other students,”he said. “You can really feel thesupport here.”

Jessica HalperinKatherine Ellis

Brian Chasteen

DeAnna Skedel

Randall Moore

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Sizable federal grant targetsSTEM training at MCCFollowing on the heels of two other “MoWINs” grants, MCC learned inSeptember 2014 that it would receive substantial federal dollars to trainlong-term unemployed and other dislocated workers in the STEM fields:science, technology, engineering and math.

MCC was awarded about $2.7 million as its share of $15 million inMoSTEMWINs funds distributed to Missouri two-year colleges. MCC was thelead fiscal institution for the initiative.

Through MoSTEMWINs, the College is offering a medical assistant program— the first group of students started in June — as well as supplementalinstruction for computer science students. Thanks to the grant, MCC expects toserve 190 students; training continues through 2018.

MoWINs (that stands for Missouri Workforce Innovation Networks) grants come from the U.S. Department of Labor inpartnership with the U.S. Department of Education.

Oh, baby, baby, baby

Multiple babies have been born at MCC-Penn Valley’sHealth Science Institute since early 2015. But funnything: They all look alike.

They also all have the same mom.

Credit goes to new arrival “Victoria,” a birthing simulatorat HSI’s Virtual Hospital. Victoria is virtual, too, capableof giving birth — to rubber “babies” — hundreds oftimes, all for the benefit of HSI students.

“One of the many exciting features that drew us toVictoria is that once the baby is delivered, it has verylifelike responses, such as crying, moving, cyanosis,heart sounds and lung sounds,” says MCC health-caresimulation instructor Todd Geringer.

The Virtual Hospital and its simulators help students getthe clinical hours they need. Real hospitals aren’t alwaysavailable to students, and in the case of birthing, not allsoon-to-be-moms want students observing.

A study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicinefound that up to half of a student’s clinical hours can bereplaced in a high-quality simulation lab with no dropoffin learning.

MCC’s 10,000-square-foot Virtual Hospital was oneof the first academic simulation centers to receivenational accreditation from the Society for Simulation inHealthcare.

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SEvents, programsput the ‘community’ in MCC

Learning and earning: Employees of the Unilever plant in Independence faced the prospect oflayoffs as the plant switched from “wet” production (salad dressings and such) to “dry” (gravy mixes).But thanks to state funding, 120 workers spent the summer of 2015 being retrained at the MCC-Business & Technology campus in such areas as OSHA safety, hydraulics and pneumatics. They received full paychecks while they were learning.

Santa’s shoeboxes: Through MCC-Blue River’s OperationChristmas Child, volunteers filled shoeboxes with school supplies,toys, treats and personal hygiene items, plus handwritten notesof encouragement. The effort netted 251 boxes and more than$1,700 in cash to ship the care packages to kids in need all overthe world.

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Events, programsput the ‘community’ in MCC

Lending a hand in Dr. King’s name: As part of MCC’s centennial, the College set a goal of providing 100 volunteerhours during the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in January. Students and employees from all five campusespitched in and far exceeded that goal, working with organizations such as Hillcrest Transitional Housing, St. Charles FoodPantry, ASPCA in Independence, Habitat for Humanity, Hope House, KC Pet Project, Harvesters and the American RedCross.

Fifteen years of good stories: MCC-Maple Woods’annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration turned 15in the fall of 2014. Storytelling events, held on campusas well as at other venues around the city, featuredculturally diverse tellers, both local and national, withthe ultimate goal of encouraging positive dialogue abouttheir listeners’ similarities, not differences.

A chapter in baseball history: At aFebruary program at MCC-Longview, BobKendrick, president of the Negro LeaguesBaseball Museum, discussed the history ofthe Negro Leagues and how the museumcame to be located in Kansas City. Foundedin 1990, it has become a center of the studyof race and sports in American history. Theprogram, to which the public was invited,even drew Royals great Frank White (shownat left with Kendrick) — he’s not only a friendof Kendrick’s but also an MCC-Longviewalumnus.

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ESInternational studentsadd cosmopolitan flairIt’s true that most MCC students live within a 50-mile radius of Kansas City. But some students come from much, much farther away.

Any given semester, about 200 internationalstudents from more than 50 countries are enrolledat MCC. The College started tracking internationalstudent attendance in 1996, and over that 19-yearspan, nearly 4,000 students from 129 countriesstudied here.

International students say they choose MCC forthe smaller class sizes and affordable cost. Manyare referred by family or friends who previouslyattended. And as you can imagine, these studentsarrive speaking a variety of languages andrepresenting many cultures and customs.

Most have some English language skills, andthose who need extra help usually bring someonewith them to assist in translating. Students whoneed additional English assistance attend MCC-Penn Valley’s Applied Language Institute to takecourses in reading, writing, vocabulary, speakingand sometimes tutoring. For international studentsseeking extra one-on-one attention, MCC has aninternational student counselor who specializesin issues like homesickness and adjusting toAmerican life.

“I think these students are so very brave. They geton a plane, leave all they know thousands of milesaway to go to an unknown land with hopes anddreams of an American education,” says BobbieGustin, MCC’s international student coordinator.

During Gustin’s 14-year tenure, she has learnedhow to navigate potentially difficult situations forstudents and guide them toward a successfulacademic experience. For example, she’ll offerassistance on using the health care and bankingsystems or even grocery stores.

“All I can do,” Gustin says, “is give them the bestpossible advice and help them create a successfulexperience at MCC.”

Chancellorhelps drafthigher-ed ‘Blueprint’MCC Chancellor Mark James, along with other education leaders and representatives of commerce,industry and government, was named to a statewide steering committee on higher education.

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education’s initiative, “Preparing Missourians for Success: A Blueprint for Higher Education,” included public hearings around the state. The group met at MCC’s Health Science Institute in April.

The steering committee was charged with developing broad themes and recommendations for responding to the state’s current and future needs for higher education.

The plan will focus on four areas: improving college readiness and accessibility to higher education;affordability; education quality; and helping students complete their certificate and degree programs.

A final report was expected in December 2015.

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NorthlandCAPS programlauded byGOVERNOR Nixon

Hearing someone sing your praises is always nice,especially when it’s someone like the governor.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, at an event at Cerner headquarters in January, announced that the Northland CAPS program had been designated an Innovative Education Partnership by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The honor also came with grant money for the program.

Northland CAPS — that’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies — puts high school students in workplaces such as Cerner, BankLiberty, Ford Motor Co., Holland 1916 and North Kansas City and Liberty hospitals.

The program targets students interested in high-demand/high-skill careers such as engineering, informationmanagement, advanced manufacturing and nursing.

Northland CAPS is a partnership of MCC, six Northlandschool districts, Northwest Missouri State University andarea businesses. Students receive college credit throughMCC and Northwest.

Nixon said Northland CAPS “is already putting hundredsof students on a fast track to success in future careers, andthis official designation will ensure that hundreds more willhave this opportunity in the years ahead.”

National recognitionfor Missouri InnovationCampus

The Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit was named a finalist for a prestigious national award that recognizes community college innovation.

How competitive was the field? More than 1,000 programs were nominated for Bellwether Awards in three categories, presented by the University of Florida’s Community College Futures Assembly. The winners were announced in January at a CCFA conference in Orlando, Florida. The innovation campus was a Top 10 finalist in the workforce development category.

The program is a collaboration of MCC-Longview, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the University of Central Missouri. The program, focused on the science, technology, engineering and math fields, provides an opportunity for students to earn a four-year degree two years after high school.

At the end of 2014-15, 58 Lee’s Summit students were enrolled. MIC’s three tracks: systems engineering technology, drafting and design technology, and software design. Each student interns with a business partner such as Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Cerner, DST, KCP&L and St. Luke’s Health System.

Seven students from MIC’s first 2012-16 cohort went through MCC commencement in 2015 (nine graduated the previous year). From that 2012-16 group, 12 students are expected to earn bachelor’s degrees in systems engineering technology in May 2016 from UCM.

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ENROLLMENTHigh School Penetration(Percentage of in-district high school graduates attending MCC)


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A gala 100 years in the making, the MetropolitanCommunity College Centennial Celebration, drewabout 800 guests to the Grand Ballroom of theKansas City Convention Center on April 18, 2015.

Through event sponsorships and individualdonations, the Centennial Celebration also set afundraising record for the MCC Foundation: morethan $420,000 raised in support of the “100 for100” initiative. The campaign sought to make acollege education possible for 100 more students in our community by underwriting 100 MCC associate degrees.

MCC Foundation executive committee membersJason Dalen and CiCi Rojas led a planningcommittee of more than 40 community membersand college employees that developed and executed all aspects of the evening, from fundraising to programming. Lou and Sharon Smith were honorary chairpersons.

During his remarks, Chancellor Mark Jamesrecognized the work of the committee and theongoing leadership of the Board of Trustees. Healso announced the launch of the “MCC Works”fundraising campaign and thanked donors for lead gifts.

The celebrationof a century

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The Centennial Celebration was designed to tell MCC’sstory and recognize its impact on the Greater Kansas Citycommunity. That storytelling was led by emcees Bonyen Leeand Charlie Shields, both MCC alumni.

The evening also highlighted the legacy of one of the College’smost accomplished alumni, Ewing Kauffman. “Mr. K” earnedan associate degree from MCC (then known as the JuniorCollege of Kansas City) in 1936, his only college experience.Kauffman went on to transform the community like fewbefore or since. The newly named MCC Skyward Award waspresented to Kauffman’s daughter, Julia Irene Kauffman, inhonor of his significant accomplishments in and contributionsto education, entrepreneurship and the arts.

Julia Irene Kauffman with MCC students (from left) Nick Wang, Andrew Williams, Morgan Simpson, Marcus Harris, Emily Zahn, Sami Cintron and Margarita Araiza

Sharon Smith (from left), Chancellor Mark James andJulia Irene Kauffman, who hosted a patrons party ather home

Emcees Bonyen Lee and Charlie Shields

Sharon and Lou Smith, Peggy and Terry Dunn

Chancellor Mark James (from left), trustee Christopher Whiting,Mayor Sly James and Licia Clifton-James, Board of Trustees presidentDavid Disney and vice president Mariann Tow

MCC Foundation directors Kevin Seabaugh(from left), Michael Roane and Jim Martinwith Kent Huyser at the patrons party

Event chairs Jason Dalenand CiCi Rojas

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About the MCC FoundationThe MCC Foundation, established in 1976, raises money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives across the five-campus Metropolitan Community College system. In 2014-15, the Foundation awarded 444 scholarships to 244 students for a total award amount of about $280,000.

Executive committeeCarolyn Watley, Chair | President, CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Service Jason Dalen, Vice Chair | Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services Inc.CiCi Rojas, Secretary | CEO and President, Central ExchangeJim Martin, Treasurer | RetiredKathy Achelpohl, Officer at-Large | Architect, PGAV ArchitectsJosh Maxfield, Officer at-Large | Assistant General Counsel, Garmin International Inc.

DirectorsBret Bonge | Director, Employee Relations and Staffing, KCP&LCarl Chinnery | Founding Partner, Chinnery Evans & NailElizabeth DeZeeuw | Chief Operating Officer | ECCO SelectRafael Garcia | Principal, Garcia Architecture LLCMark Larrabee | President and CEO, Greater Kansas City, Arvest BankDavid Levy | Director, Strategic Solutions, Kinetic Supply Matt McFadden | Principal and Senior Vice President, Newmark Grubb ZimmerMike Pospisil | Partner, Edgar Law Firm LLCMichael Roane | Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer, JE DunnTony Rohr | National Managing Principal, Gould Evans AssociatesKevin Seabaugh | Director, Physician Experience, Cerner Corp.Darin Shank | Assistant Vice President, ASA Group, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.Charlie Shields | President and CEO, Truman Medical CentersJami Shipman | Partner, Lathrop & GageDon Sipes | Vice President, Regional Services, Saint Luke’s Health SystemMichele Watley | Director, Kansas City branch office, Missouri Secretary of StateMaurice Watson | Chairman, Husch Blackwell LLPVicki Westerhaus | Partner, Stinson Leonard Street

Ex-officio membersKent Huyser | Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Metropolitan Community CollegeMark S. James | Chancellor, Metropolitan Community CollegeMariann Tow | Board of Trustees representative, Metropolitan Community College

Advisory membersDr. Don R. Blim | RetiredHerb Kramer | Retired

Directors emeritusThomas Brusnahan | Vice President, Commercial Lending, Bank MidwestCarl J. DiCapo | RetiredJohn A. Dillingham | Dillingham EnterprisesWilliam H. Dunn Jr. | Director of Market Services, Campione Interior ServicesMary Hunkeler | RetiredAnita L. Maltbia | Director, Green Impact ZoneGene Sands | Retired

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Bloch scholarshiphelps fulfill dreamsKarla Vega, a Kansas City Public Schools student, wasthrilled when she earned her high school diploma. “As aLatina, the expectation for me to graduate was less than 50 percent,” she says.

But graduate she did, and by enrolling at MCC she became the first member of her family to attend college.

She also became a recipient of the Henry W. BlochScholarship, which finances not only an MCC associatedegree but also a UMKC bachelor’s degree. Each year theH&R Block Foundation, partnering with the MCC Foundation and MCC-Penn Valley, awards scholarships to a number of Penn Valley students. In 2014-15, 32 Bloch Scholars participated in the program at Penn Valley.

Vega has now moved on to UMKC and hopes to one day earn a master’s degree in psychology.

“The idea of helping people better themselves was reallymeaningful to me,” she says. “The person I want to be iscaring, inspiring, motivated, independent, strong.”

MCC helped her become those things, Vega says.The opportunity to attend college has been life-changing, she adds, one that would have been impossible without scholarships.

“I will forever be grateful for that,” Vega says. “I never knew I had so much potential until I came here.”

The Bloch Scholarships, by the way, do not require a high GPA, high ACT score or high class rank. They’re designed for average students, like Henry W. Bloch himself was, who have the drive and determination to succeed.

Since the program began in 2000, it has awarded more than $550,000 to more than 220 MCC students.

MCC’s first Family Campaign in 15 years — encouragingemployees to donate any amount to the MCC Foundationto support student success — resulted in a 38 percentparticipation rate.

“To go 15 years between employee-giving campaigns andrealize a response like this, it speaks to the passion anddedication of MCC faculty, staff and administrators,” saysKent Huyser, associate vice chancellor for advancement.

“As we ask the community to philanthropically invest in MCC, this commitment shows that we are leading by

example.” During the Spring 2014 initiative, part of the larger MCC Works campaign, 326 employees signed up to give.

The total financial commitment: more than $50,000.

Lee Ann Zech (MCC-Maple Woods) and Christopher Gray(now at MCC-Penn Valley and Administrative Center) co-chaired the Family Campaign committee.

Another employee giving program is expected to be launched in Spring 2016.

Family Campaigndemonstratesemployee pride

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Elements of theMCC Workscampaign

Priority 1, Transforming the Workforce ($6 million):creating a customized training fund to meet the needs of businessand industry; creating a career and technical education fund toenhance equipment and expand capacity of existing MCCprograms; and establishing a Workforce Transformation Center.

Priority 2, Student Success ($8 million): establishingStudent Success Centers on each campus; creating endowed scholarships; and creating a Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development Endowment as a permanent source of support forthe institute.

Priority 3, Teaching and Learning Excellence ($6 million):creating a Science and Technology Fund to enhance the College’sresources and projects in these areas; creating a CampusImprovement Fund to support needed renovations throughout the college district.

Student success is the College’s paramountfocus, and fostering that success is one of themajor goals of the MCC Works fundraisingcampaign.

MCC Works, initiated in Spring 2013, is strivingto raise $20 million to transform the way the Collegeserves our students and our communities. One-fourthof that amount, $5 million, would be earmarked for a Student Success Center on each campus.

The success centers are envisioned as state-of-the-artspaces created through renovation of 31,000 squarefeet of existing space across all five campuses.

Rather than having student services in different locations, the Student Success Centers would bring together career planning, math resources, writing lab, counseling and tutoring services, and the peer mentor program. The centers would also contain computers, a resource library, conference rooms and collaborative learningspaces.

The goal of the success centers: to promote greater academic achievement, improved student retention and, most important, increased graduation rates.

Student SuccessCenters envisionedon all campuses

PROGRESS:$6,394,493(as of June 30, 2015)

MCC WORKSCAMPAIGNGoal: $20 million

Learn more at

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DONORSChancellor’s Round Table ($25,000+)Carter Community Memorial TrustThe Stanley H. Durwood FoundationThe Francis Family FoundationThe H & R Block FoundationHall Family FoundationKansas City Fire DepartmentEwing Marion Kauffman FoundationIrven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb FoundationMarion and Henry Bloch Family FoundationMuriel McBrien Kauffman FoundationRichard Richardson Educational Opportunities TrustMr. Louis and Mrs. Sharon Smith

Chancellor’s Club ($10,000-$24,999)AnonymousCerner CorporationCity of Kansas City, MissouriThe Glass Family FoundationJim Falk MotorsMissouri Arts CouncilUnited Way of Greater Kansas CityMrs. Doris Wilson

President’s Club ($1,000-$9,999)AnonymousADM Milling CompanyArtsKC-Regional Arts CouncilArvest BankAvila UniversityBallweg Chevrolet BuickBank of Kansas City, N.A.Bank On MoreDr. and Mrs. Michael BanksBKD FoundationBlack & Veatch CorporationBlue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas CityBrauer Supply CoBrisley Scholarship TrustJames D. Browning Endowment FundBryan Cave LLPBuilders Association of Greater Kansas City

Central ExchangeCentral Methodist UniversityKansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc.Children’s Mercy Hospitals & ClinicsChuck Anderson Ford, IncMs. Evelyn ClaiborneCommerce BankCornell Roofing & Sheet Metal CoCowboy-Up Events, LLCMs. Jeanne CrewsDr. Rebecca R. CurtisMr. Jason DalenDavis, Sands & Collins, P.C.Kathy and David DisneyDST Systems, Inc.Ms. Carla DuryeeEdgar Law Firm LLCMr. and Mrs. Jon EllisMs. Katherine D. EllisFaith Outreach FoundationMr. and Mrs. Charles F. FalkenbergFirst Federal BankMr. and Mrs. Tyrone FlowersMatthew and Judith FlynnGarcia Architecture, LLCGarmin International Inc.General Motors Milford Proving GroundsDr. Utpal K. GoswamiGould Evans Associates, P.C.Grantham UniversityGuadalupe CentersHallmark Cards Inc.Shirley & Barnett Helzberg FoundationHoneywell Federal Manufacturing & TechnologiesDr. John and Mrs. Mary HunkelerHunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc.Husch Blackwell LLPMr. and Mrs. Kent M. HuyserMr. Mark S. JamesJE Dunn Construction CompanyKansas City Life Insurance Company

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DONORSPresident’s Club (continued)Kansas City RoyalsKansas City University of Medicine & BiosciencesMs. Sandra KauffmanKCP&LKiewit Power Constructors co*kLove RadioKPMG LLPHerbert F. KramerMr. Mark LarrabeeLathrop & Gage LLPLee’s Summit Economic Development CouncilMr. David LevyLockton Companies, Inc.Jim and Linda MartinMary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship TrustMr. Josh MaxfieldMayor’s Corps of Progress for a Greater Kansas CityMcCownGordon Construction, LLCMr. Matt McFaddenMcGladrey LLPMr. Jim E. McGrawMrs. Merley McMurryMid-West Terminal WarehouseMs. Cassandra NeffNewmark Grubb ZimmerDr. Kirk NooksOppenstein Brothers FoundationPark UniversityPGAV ArchitectsPiper JaffrayPopulousMr. Michael RoaneMr. Tony RohrMs. CiCi RojasSaint Luke’s College of Health SciencesMr. Mike A. SchultzMr. Kevin SeabaughMr. and Mrs. John ShermanMr. Scott SimpsonMr. David A. SmithDrs. Jacqueline Snyder and Ken Gibson

State Farm Insurance CompaniesMrs. Robin L. StimacStinson Leonard StreetSuccess MealsSysco Kansas City, IncTension Envelope CorporationMs. Mariann TowTruman Medical CentersTruman State UniversityUMBUniversity of Central MissouriUniversity of Missouri - Kansas CityMr. Maurice WatsonMr. Douglas WesterhausMs. Vicki WesterhausWestern Governor’s UniversityDr. Benjamin F. Young

Dean’s Club ($250-$999)AnonymousMr. Jack AccursoMrs. Kathy AchelpohlMs. Courtney AdamsMr. and Mrs. Scott E. AlvestedAmeristar CasinoMr. Daniel E. AschemanDr. David C. BeltMr. Irvin V. BelzerMs. Kristy BishopDon R. Blim, M.D.Ms. Mary A. BlittMs. Gretchen S. BlytheBNIM Architects, Inc.Ms. Ebony BowmanMs. Emily BuckleyMr. Brian ChasteenMr. and Mrs. Carl L. ChinneryCity of Lee’s SummitCliftonLarsonAllen LLPMr. Russ ClineMr. Steven ClosserMr. Thomas Cooley

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Mr. and Mrs. Gene F. CotaMr. Vernon D. Cox Jr.Cristo Rey High SchoolMs. Ellen DalenMs. Gina DannerDr. Cheryl Carpenter DavisMs. Elizabeth DeZeeuwMr. and Mrs. John A. DillinghamMr. Louie DisneyMr. Lewis W. DiuguidMs. Rossann C. DowningMr. and Mrs. Bill Dunn JrMr. Carlton R. FowlerMr. Laurence M. FrazenMr. David GaleMr. Arthur I. Greene, JrDr. Fred L. GroganNancy HarringtonMr. and Mrs. Philip W. HattermanMr. Patrick HealyMr. Ben HilmesMr. Leo J. HirnerMr. and Mrs. Gary HumbargerIndependence Chamber of CommerceInternational Architects AtelierMs. Cynthia K. JohnsonMs. Melinda JohnsonKansas City, Missouri School DistrictKCPT Public Broadcasting 19 IncMr. and Mrs. Kevin KelleyMr. Donald LeeMr. Harlan L. LimpusMr. Gary LindseyMr. Basil ListerMs. Betty R. LiversMr. Rodney M. LoeschMr. Paul D. LongAnita and Gary MaltbiaMr. Eric MannMr. Bob MarcusseMr. and Mrs. Robert H. MartinMrs. Mindy McCallumMr. Alfred B. McMurryMetLife Charity Trust

Mid-Continent Public LibraryMs. Elizabeth M. MillerMissouri Bank & Trust Co.Missouri Community College Assoc.Mrs. Karen MooreMr. Richard R. MooreMr. David C. OehlerMr. Robert L. Page Jr.Park Hill School DistrictMrs. Christina PollardPolsinelli, P.C.Ms. Elizabeth Post and Mr. Rob CowanMr. Steven V. PotterDr. A. Rae PriceProsperity Advising GroupPT’s Coffee Roasting CoR.U.B.I.E.S., Inc.Ms. Vicki D. RaineRED Development, LLCMs. Jacqueline M. RobertsMs. Gwendolyn K. RobertsonJan Rog and Steven CromwellMr. and Mrs. Landon RowlandMs. Amy L. RoystonS&S Service Center, Inc.Dr. Merna Saliman and Mr. Stewart SalimanMs. Carol SchumacherMs. Dachia ScrogginsDr. Joseph SeabrooksCynthia Sexton ProctorMr. Jamison K. ShipmanShook Hardy Bacon LLPMs. Mary A. SimpsonMr. Don SipesMs. Diane SjolanderMr. Ron SlepitzaDr. David L. SmithMs. Lisa M. SpauldingMr. Brad SpeaksSpin! Neapolitan PizzaStewardship CapitalMs. Shelli Stufflebeam-ElySummit Bank of Kansas CitySummit Fair and Summit Woods Crossing

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DONORSDean’s Club (continued)Swope Community EnterprisesSwope Parkway United Christian ChurchMs. Shelley Temple KneuveanMr. James TomlinsonTruman Heartland Community FoundationUniversity AcademyUniversity of Kansas Edwards CampusUS BankWB Family OfficesMs. Theresa WeaverDr. Tom WheelerMr. Mark WhitlowWilliams, Spurgeon, Kuhl & FreshnockMs. Stephanie L. Zerkel-Humbert

Honor Roll ($1-$249)Anonymous54th Street Bar & Grill (KRM, Inc.)A.B. MayAaron’s Family Fun CenterAbel Machine, LLCAbuelo’sAccessible Technologies, Inc.Ms. Marti AdamsMr. Carl E. AlexanderMr. Michael AllenMichele AllenAmerican Endowment FoundationMs. Barbara J. AndersonMs. Carolyn AndersonMr. and Mrs. Stephen A. ArboMs. Jennifer ArthArts Alive KC Inc.Ms. Diane M. AubreyAunt Annie’sMs. Alvinia AxfordMs. Carrie S. AyvarBaader Linco, Inc.Ms. Janice S. BaconMr. Hossein BahmaieMs. Melanie Bailey

Mr. and Mrs. Lee BarewinMs. Kathryn BarkerBarnes & Noble - Zona RosaMs. Mary D. BasaraMs. Carolyn R. BaskettMs. Taffany BeachnerDr. Brian BechtelMs. Rene S. BennettMs. Margaret H. BerterBest Tool & Manufacturing Co., Inc.Ms. Helen BettsMs. Mary BirchDr. Julia A. BishopMs. Susan BlaserMs. Stacey BlumMr. Albert A. BoanMrs. Lisa BoggessMr. Bret BongeMr. Nelson BorysMr. Clarence P. BoswellMr. and Mrs. Kirwin L. BowmanMr. and Mrs. Bradley G. BoydMs. Dawn BradyMs. Nancy BrantBravo! Zona RosaBrio Tuscan GrillMr. and Mrs. Wallace E. BrockhoffBrogdon MachineMs. Kay BromertMrs. Carol J. BrownBrowne’s Irish Market PlaceMrs. Stacy Brown-StifflerBrunson InstrumentBuffalo Wild WingsMr. David R. BuieBurger & Brown Engineering, Inc.Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan L. BurkeMs. Tracey BurnsMs. Elizabeth CainMr. and Mrs. Lyle CainMs. Michelle B. H. CappsMs. Kelly Carnago

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Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. CarterMs. Cindy CastillonMs. Misty ChandlerMs. Carolyn ChapmanMs. Tiffany ChapmanMs. Shveta ChaudharyChipotle Mexican GrillMs. Carol S. ClarkClay & Bailey Manufacturing CompanyMs. Carrie ClothierMs. Angela CochneuerMs. Joan CohenMs. Susan CombsMr. Bryan D. ComptonMs. Lauren CornellMs. Kourtney M. CoxCreative Blow Mold ToolingCreos PizzeriaCulver’sCupcake A’La ModeDr. Karen E. CurlsCVC-KCMr. Daniel L. DavisMs. Jael L. DawsonMs. Muna DempseyMs. Tara E. DettmerDr. Randy DewarMs. Kristine DeweeseMr. and Mrs. Theodore M. DingesDirect Messenger Service, Inc.Discount TireMs. Gina DraperMr. Robert DumlerMs. Kristy EdmondsonMs. Linda K. EdwardsMr. Paul L. EfrosMs. Lori ElliottMs. Patricia ElliottEvolve Paleo ChefMs. Kim A. FernandesMs. Patricia FeurerFike CorporationMr. Terence R. FinnFirst Watch

Five GuysMr. Robert K. FlorenceMs. Judith A. FoglioFogo De ChaoMr. Doug FoxMs. Barbara FriedmannMs. Cassi FurdererMr. David A. GannMs. Rebecca GauthierMs. Melissa GieseWayne and Sue GilesMs. Anne GirdnerMs. JoAnn GloorGo Chicken GoGolden CorralMr. and Mrs. Nick GoosMr. David C. GradyMs. Sara GravesDr. Jon R. GrayGreat Western Manufacturing Company, Inc.Mr. Alex GrigsbyG’s Jamaican Quisine Restaurant and BarMs. Bobbie R. GustinMs. Ruth HallMs. Jessica HalperinHanchette Family Charitable FundMs. Barbara K. HankinsMs. Shari HardenMs. Johnetter HarrisMs. Mary Beth HeadHeartland Fabrication & Machine, Inc.Mr. Matthew HeckMr. Lowell G. HeideMs. Jana HendersonHeubel Material Handling Inc.Mr. and Mrs. Rich HiggasonMr. Michel HillmanMs. Charlee HodsonMs. Meg HolcombMs. Patricia HollandMr. Robert HollmanMr. Marty HolyfieldMs. Patricia HolzworthMs. Kimberly Hooker

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DONORSHonor Roll (continued)Ms. Raiyana HowardMr. Daniel HubbardJames HughesHuhtamaki, Inc.Mr. Brian G. HurleyMr. Mike HutchersonIndustrial Spring CorporationIngredientMs. Julianne JacquesMr. Warren L. JarrettJason’s DeliJazz A Louisiana KitchenMs. Amber JenkinsMr. Clint JohnsonMs. Jennifer JohnsonMrs. Monica L. JohnstonMs. Aisha R. JonesMr. Brian K. JonesMs. Susan J. JoplinJose Pepper’sMrs. Carol JournaganMs. Evadene JudgeMr. Nathan JumpKansas City AcademyMr. Keith KasterKauffman Foundation Matching Gifts ProgramMs. Jennifer KefferMs. Virginia B. KeleherMs. Kristina KellerMs. Maureen A. KennedyMs. Marla S. KesslerMs. Guruparwaz K. KhalsaMs. Patricia KiesMr. Mike KimbrelMs. Kaye KlassenMs. Tami KnightKocher + Beck USA, L.P.Ms. Rochelle KolsethMs. Jenny KoonceMr. Keet L. KopeckyMs. Kay Kozak

Ms. Sandra S. KremerK-Ter Imagineering, Inc.Ms. Carol J. KuznacicMr. Nic LaHueLaird PlasticsMs. Kristy A. LambertMs. Erin LangMs. Dominga LevinMr. David LockeMs. Jill D. LomonteMr. Tristan LondreMs. Teresa A. LoneyLongview Funeral Home & CemeteryMs. LeAnn L. Lotz-ToddMs. Lucille LoweMs. Ruth LowensteinMs. Jo Ann LowryMs. Anne MahoneyMr. Sean D. MaloneMr. David R. MareskeMs. Lois MarkleyMs. Melissa A. MarrMs. Patricia L. MarriottMarsh’s Sunfresh MarketMr. Todd MartinMs. Dee MathisonMr. and Mrs. Timothy H. MaxeyMay Technology & Mfg, Inc.Jim and Robin McClainMs. Jill McCumbyMs. Sandra McIlnayMs. Stacey McMillenMr. Ryan MeadorMs. Katherine MellesMs. Rachel MerloMs. Ashley MeyerMs. Sandra R. MichelMs. Susi MickeyMicrotool, Inc.Mid- America Fittings, Inc.Ms. Jean MillerMr. and Mrs. Michael A. Miller

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Mr. Andy MinorMissouri Botanical GardenMs. Megan M. MitchellMO SportsMongolian BBQMs. Ty’Isha R. MooreMorningstar Communications CompanyMr. Robert L. MorrisDr. Chris MorrowMs. Gwen MossMs. Jane Mulvihill-JonesMs. Mary Lynn MungerMs. Rose M. MunozMs. Kathleen MurphyMs. Robin E. MurrellMs. Therese A. NashMr. and Mrs. John NelsonNew Market Sun FreshNiecie’s RestaurantMs. Jessica NolkerMr. Aaron NorthMrs. Mary NorthrupMr. and Mrs. John R. O’Connell 2012Ms. Rosemary OlasOlive GardenMr. Charles B. OlneyMs. Mary OlsonMs. Carroll V. O’NealMs. Erin O’NeilMs. Sabrina K. OsbornMs. Sharla R. M. OswaldMr. David OwensMs. Erin L. OwensbyMs. Diane PachecoPaciugo Gelato & GaffeMrs. Fran PadowMs. Lynette PalmerPanera BreadMs. Leawna ParkerMr. David PatienceMs. Stacy PattonPei WeiMs. Marcy PellegrinoPeriugo Gelato Gaffe

Pet Resorts IMCMs. Kelly PhillipsIrvin and Carrie Pickerel-BrooksPie Time Pizza CompanyPizza HutPizza RanchMs. Kim PoindexterMr. Michael PospisilMr. and Mrs. James L. PrattPRO-CONMr. and Mrs. John Puszczewicz, Jr.Ms. Sharon L. PyantMr. Rowdy PyleRaymore Dairy QueenMs. Carol RaysikRed RobinMs. Victoria ReedsMr. Dick ReesMr. David ReevesMr. Rodney ReinMs. Marie RidgeMs. Kimberly R. RileyMs. Betty J. RobertsMs. Debbie RobertsMelanie RobertsMs. Elizabeth S. RobertsonRoyal Machine Co.Ms. Erin RoystonMs. Kendra RuskMs. Nancy RussellSalty IguanaMr. Matthew A. ScharhagMs. Michelle B. SchmiedelerMr. Todd SchuetzMs. Linda SchumacherScrub HubMr. James SearsMr. Tim SearsMs. Sheila SeckShick Tube-VeyorMr. and Mrs. Charlie ShieldsSHO Kundalini Yoga CenterMrs. Barbara A. ShoemakerMs. Michele Simmons

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DONORSHonor Roll (continued)Mr. Anthony A. SimsMr. Gurbhushan SinghSlim ChickenSmashburgerMr. and Mrs. Michael R. SmithSmokehouse Bar-B-Que Zona RosaMs. Stephanie SnyderMr. Manuel SolanoSORMs. Helen Y. SpeedMs. Connie R. SpiesMs. Michelle E. SpragueStarbucksMs. Carol SteelMs. Jennifer SteenMs. Harrietta Stevens 2005Mr. Keith StifflerMr. Dennis StraitMr. Nick SuarezSuccotashSummit ScribesMs. Yvette SweeneyMr. and Mrs. Thomas J. TepeschTexas RoadhouseThe Hertz GroupThe Melting PotMrs. Susan ThompsonMr. Avery B. ThrockmortonMs. Evelyn J. TriceTriumph StructuresMs. Mary TruexMs. Shanee M. TurnerMr. Michael D. TylerUltraSource LLCVan Am Tool & Engineering LLCMr. Chris VanDellVector Tool & EngineeringMr. Jeff A. VincentVista ManufacturingHans von RautenfeldMrs. and Mr. Lourdes Vosseller

Ms. Brenda G. WagnerMr. Alton WallerMs. Kathy Walter-MackMr. Mike T. WarrenMr. Steve WattsMs. Susanne WeberMrs. Ann W. WedamanMs. Carla WeistMr. Gordon Wells, JrMs. Lauren WellsWhich WichMs. Temeca M. WhiteDr. Kim WilcoxMs. Sawnia WilkesMs. Katherine WilliamsMr. Gary D. WilsonMr. and Mrs. Jeffrey WiltMs. Noreen WittwerMs. Leslie WolfeMs. Grace M. WongMs. Sandee L. WoodsMr. Daniel WrightMrs. Shirley J. WrightMs. Elizabeth WyattMrs. Janet K. WyattMs. Morgan J. YoungMs. Shanell K. YoungMs. Lee Ann ZechZephyr Products, Inc.

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1915: The Kansas City school board creates the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute to provide convenient postsecondary education for students. The Institute, in the former Central High School building at 11th and Locust streets, includes a junior college, mechanical arts school, business school and teacher training. Nurses training would be added two years later.

1919: The Junior Collegeof Kansas City is born.Post-World War I enrollmentswells to 1,341. Meanwhile,the other programs at 11thand Locust spin off to otherlocations.

1941: The College moves to3845 McGee St., the formerWestport Junior High. This facility offers four floors of classrooms and a chemistry lab as well as a cafeteria, men’s and women’s gyms, and a swimming pool.

1945: The passage of the G.I.Bill and the return of veteransfrom World War II overloadsthe McGee facility. As a result,classes are scheduled from 7a.m. to 10 p.m. five days a week.

1954: The segregated Lincoln Junior College is consolidated with the Junior College of Kansas

City. Another college started by the KC school board, Northeast Junior College, had joined in 1937.

1964: The Metropolitan Community College District is created when seven suburban school districts join

forces with the Kansas City School District. The new 400-square-mile MCC district includes parts of four counties and is governed by a board of trustees. To that point, the junior college had been run by the KC district.

1965: Voters approve a $25 million bond issue for construction of new campuses.

Late 1960s: Metropolitan Junior College, as it’s now known, leases a building at 560 Westport Road to alleviate crowding at the main campus. Meanwhile, the College hires a consulting firm to recommend sites for new campuses. The north and south campuses (which would become Maple Woods and Longview, respectively) are well received, but the central-city site (Penn Valley) is more controversial. J.C. Nichols Co., for instance, doesn’t want a junior college so close to the Country Club Plaza.

1969: The three campuses open in interim facilities. Transfer programs and business, data processing, engineering, law enforcement and secretarial science classes are offered at all three locations. More expensive specialized programs are assigned to single campuses: health occupations at Penn Valley, automotive technology at Longview, and aviation maintenance at Maple Woods.

Early 1970s: The Pioneer campus is created at 18th Street and Prospect Avenue as an extension of Penn Valley. Later it becomes MCC’s fourth college, then reverts to Penn Valley and is eventually closed.

1984: After the Blue Springs School District votes to join MCC, the College opens a Blue Springs campus as a satellite of Longview.

1986: The Park Hill School District votes to join the MCC district.

1993: The Independence and Fort Osage school districts vote to join MCC.

1995: After MCC acquires part of the Kansas CityMerchandise Mart at I-435 and Front Street, the Business

& Technology Center is born. This move concentrates the College’s business consulting services and technical

training at one location.

1997: A fourth permanent MCC campusis created by consolidating the BlueSprings campus and an Independencelocation (opened in 1995) to form theBlue River campus at its current locationin Independence.

2002: The Business & Technologylocation expands to create a340,000-square-foot facility thatincludes an exhibit hall and expocenter. It becomes MCC’s fifthpermanent campus.

2005: The institution, which had beenknown as Metropolitan Community Col-leges, becomes “one MCC” — one collegewith five campuses. It drops the “s” tobecome simply Metropolitan CommunityCollege.

2010: The MCC Foundation holds its inaugural FiveStar Gala at the Marriott-Muehlebach Tower. Thefundraising event honors Henry W. Blochand the Bloch Scholars program.

2014-15: Metropolitan Community Collegecelebrates its 100th birthday with a visit from

Kansas City Mayor Sly James, the unveiling of anew MCC seal at the 100th commencementexercises, and the CentennialCelebration gala.

MCC's monumental moments

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MCC-Blue River20301 East 78 HighwayIndependence, Missouri 64057

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MCC-Longview500 Southwest Longview RoadLee’s Summit, Missouri 64081

MCC-Maple Woods2601 Northeast Barry RoadKansas City, Missouri 64156

MCC-Penn Valley3201 Southwest TrafficwayKansas City, Missouri 64111

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