Monday, February 8, 2010

Veterinary Technology students win Academia Bowl

MCC-Maple Woods students recently won first place in the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) Academia Bowl, which was part of the MVMA conference held this year in St. Charles, Mo. The students competed against teams from other veterinary technology programs across the state.

Congratulations to: Amy Dawson, Angela Weber, Dr. Chris Morrow, Allie Ruiz, Shannon Quinn, Sarah Moore, Meagan Hake, Katie Frerking, Logan Hudlemeyer and Dr. Paul Smith.

James, Miller and Kelly recognized for continued support of minority suppliers

At the 24th Annual Awards Luncheon, held on Jan. 21, the MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council (MAMBDC) recognized appointed board members and the achievements of those who have excelled in support of minority businesses.

At the luncheon, Mark James, executive vice chancellor/chancellor designee, was recognized for his new appointment to the MAMBDC board of directors. James was appointed to the board based on his contributions to the community, his vision and leadership.

Dorothy Miller, director of purchasing, received the Buyer of the Year Award for her accomplishments in increasing minority participation with MCC. This award is presented to a corporate purchasing agent or buyer who effectively solicits qualified minority business enterprises.

Chris Kelly, program coordinator, received the MBE Coordinator of the Year Award. This award is presented to a corporate MBE coordinator who effectively solicits qualified minority business enterprises and encourages minority purchases within the company. Kelly is responsible for the implementation and coordination of MCC’s supplier diversity program.

Both Miller and Kelly are involved as volunteers on the Purchasing Advisory Committee and Minority Business Coordinators Committee, respectively. Their participation in monthly meetings has been valuable to minority businesses in addition to their help with programs, events and mentoring.

MCC began the minority business program in 1989, and has carried the commitment to be inclusive of diverse suppliers since that time.

MAMBDC is known for success in promoting business relationships between corporate members and minority businesses. MAMBDC is a nonprofit service organization that focuses on increasing business development opportunities between majority and minority businesses.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Better jobs, better programs, better healthcare

A new collaboration between MCC, Cerner Corporation and the University of Missouri officially launched this month when 14 MCC students began an internship program at the company’s North Kansas City headquarters.

The internship program, called KCIT, is designed to provide MCC students with valuable work experience while addressing Cerner’s need for a pipeline of specially-skilled healthcare IT professionals. After a competitive interview process, the MCC students were selected from a large pool of student applicants for the paid internship positions.

Each intern will work 20 hours per week at Cerner while taking classes towards an associate’s degree in information technology. Upon degree completion, interns will be eligible to apply for full-time employment with Cerner. Those hired will, after a specified period of employment, be eligible for tuition assistance to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri.

MCC’s role in the partnership is supporting efforts to enhance MCC’s information technology
curricula. Faculty and staff from across the district are working together to update existing programs to better align with the needs of Cerner and other technologically advanced employers.

Cindy Herbert, CSIS faculty and program coordinator at MCC-Longview, and Tom Wheeler, dean of instruction at MCC-Business & Technology, are leading an effort to revamp parts of the CSIS curriculum. Both are enthusiastic about how the program is already creating positive curriculum changes.

“The MCC-Cerner partnership couldn’t have come at a better time!” said Herbert. “The computer science department has been working on curriculum modifications as we strive to maintain alignment with changing industry demands. The KCIT project has provided CSIS faculty the opportunity to collaborate with Cerner’s IT personnel while making those changes. The partnership also gives students hands-on experience and a chance to apply the principles and theories they are learning in the classroom.”

A collaborative group made up of faculty and staff from several campuses and the Institute for Workforce Innovation are coordinating the internship program’s curricular enhancements and other partnership details.

“The Cerner project is a perfect example of how we should be working hand-in-hand with employers,” said Margaret Boyd, director of workforce development for the Institute for Workforce Innovation. “Cerner came to MCC with an immediate need for employees with very specific IT skills. We said ‘We can do that.’ We’ve come together to create a program that affords our students valuable workplace experience and allows MCC to enhance some existing programs, while developing an alliance that will continue to benefit our students and support our mission.”

Interviews for the second class of KCIT interns will begin in April.