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3:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

College Connections Center Works To Stop "Summer Melt"

Credit MCC-Penn Valley

A new program in the metro is aimed at ensuring that graduating high school seniors intending to go to college don't become victims of "summer melt", the phenomenon where students set for college in the spring don't make it to campus in the fall.

The Kansas City Metro College Connections Center is designed to combat summer melt, an issue especially acute for low-income and first-generation college students.  Steve Kraske previews the new Center's goals with MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks and KCUR reporter Elle Moxley.

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4:29 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Community Colleges Granted Millions For Unprepared Students

Metropolitan Community College has learned it’s getting $12.2 million to level the college pathway for students not quite ready for it. 

The millions will be spread system-wide,  from Penn Valley Campus to the Blue River campus in Independence.

Nancy Russell says not many people realize that four out of ten MCC students are over 25 and haven’t been in a classroom for years. Other students, she says,  need tutoring. Russell heads the school’s Institute for Workforce Innovation.

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KC Currents
5:13 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds College Cost Cut Program

Credit University of Central Missouri

A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Barack Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at University of Central Missouri.

He described the program as a job creator that speeds education for young people without leaving them saddled with student loan debt upon graduation.

The Missouri Innovation Campus began as a collaboration between Metropolitan Community College, a high school and some local businesses. 

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Business & Tech
9:21 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Fab Lab Goes 3D At MCC

Jenn Dec's desk is home to a few objects made in the Fab Lab.
Maria Carter KCUR

A concept that started at MIT more than a decade ago is making its mark in the Kansas City area.  It’s called Fab Lab.  That’s short for fabrication laboratory.  It’s home to cutting edge technology such as a laser engraver and 3d printers plus tools and machinery seen in high school shop classes.   

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4:47 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

KC Port Authority Buys Into Richards-Gebauer, MCC Expands To Site

MCCKC training center lab.
Lee Stauffer

The Kansas City Port Authority has snapped up six buildings at Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park and is leasing a portion to Metropolitan Community College.

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6:48 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Sebelius Touts Electronic Medical Records During Visit

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [4th from left] touted the benefits of health information technology during a panel at Metropolitan Community College's Health Science Institute.
Elana Gordon KCUR

The health industry comprises nearly one fifth of the nation’s GDP, but up until recently, relied mostly on paper files.

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Health Slideshow
2:59 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Video: Sebelius To Visit College's Virtual Hospital

Melissa Trybom hooks up MCC's simulation lab.
Elana Gordon KCUR

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Kansas City today, drawing attention to developments in health information technology.

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