Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The 46th annual Skills USA Conference returned to KC's Bartle Hall and MCC-Business & Technology June 21-24. More than 5,000 outstanding career and technical education students competed hands-on in 96 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
Students worked against the clock and each other proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
MCC-BTC hosted a portion of the competition in its state-of-the-art Precision Machining lab.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Crews spent all day Tuesday tearing down the old scoreboard that for more than 25 years stood just beyond the outfield fence at the MCC-Longview baseball fields.
The board was being replace with an new board that will be ready to use once baseball season starts up again in the spring semester.
The original baseball scoreboard was donated by the MCC-Longview student government in 1984 and has not worked in the past season due to its age. Coaches and athletics department officials said they were excited to have a new scoreboard when they start the season next year.
For more photos from the scoreboard installation click here.
“I have been teaching GED classes at Penn Valley for 6 years,” said Moore-Hargrove. “A progress report was given stating that my sight made the most progress, so I feel honored about receiving this prestigious award.”
The award was given at the June 17 GED graduation at UMKC Pierson Hall. One of Moore-Hargrove students, Miranda Gilmore, was valedictorian and received a scholarship to attend Penn Valley and UMKC.
For more information about GED classes, visit: http://mcckc.edu/main.asp?P=TAGed
Monday, June 28, 2010
Zack Winchester, freshman infielder and pitcher for the MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs, is leading the Jefferson County Barnstormers to an impressive 13-3 record this summer. The 2009 Hillsboro High School graduate, who just finished a solid pitching season for Maple Woods, currently leads the Barnstormers in batting and homeruns, and is also the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association’s (SLABA) top hitter.
Winchester played all four infield positions for the Monarchs in addition to pitching, finishing the season with a 5-2 record and average more than a strikeout per inning. He was also one of the best hitters on the team, although near the end of the season he focused primarily on pitching due to a rash of injuries to several other Monarchs starters. Winchester will return to the team this fall as a sophomore.
Walter-Mack’s appointment comes as Mark James assumes the role of MCC chancellor. James has served as vice chancellor of administrative services since January 2009 and was appointed to chancellor designee by MCC’s board of trustees in January 2010.
“Kathy has played a significant role for MCC as director of urban affairs and inclusion,” said James. “Her extensive legal and policy experience in the field of education and ties to the Kansas City metropolitan area made her an obvious choice to serve as my chief of staff.”
Walter-Mack has served as director of urban affairs and inclusion at MCC since April
2009 and previously had provided legal services to the district. She will assume the role on July 1.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Good afternoon students and colleagues of MCC,
On July 1, 2010 I will assume the responsibilities of chancellor of MCC. As chancellor, I will become your biggest advocate. During a recent campus town hall meeting I was asked what my top priority would be. I gave a multi-part answer because of the intricacies of our many challenges. When I finished my answer, the astute questioner succinctly summarized for me that my job as chancellor will be, “to keep the doors open”. I readily accept the charge but I will go one step further--not only will I keep the doors open, but I will aggressively look for new doors for MCC to walk through.
While all public institutions are faced with significant economic challenges, MCC has unprecedented opportunities before us. However, before we can maximally avail ourselves of these opportunities, we have to get our house in order, and this starts with creating a culture of unity of effort. Working with the Chancellor’s Cabinet, I will challenge everyone to think and work beyond their immediate sphere of influence in making MCC fiscally sound for the future and more effective in preparing students, serving communities, and creating opportunities. We have some tough decisions ahead and we are going to tackle them together, not in organizational stovepipes or silos. While unity of effort will be the enabler, the following priorities will be my focus during fiscal year 2011:
· Identifying Revenue Growth Opportunities
· Budget – FY12 and Beyond
· Updating of Policies
In the coming weeks, I will share more specific ideas within each of these strategic areas. As we move forward, I will work to ensure our workplace is civil, lawful, ethical, respectful, diverse, inclusive, responsive, enjoyable, and transparent. Helping me in this endeavor, will be my chief of staff, Kathy Walter-Mack. Kathy has served as the chancellor’s director of urban affairs and inclusion for the past year and has proven invaluable in resolving internal issues while improving MCC’s external relations. Kathy brings years of legal and policy experience in the field of education as she previously served as chief counsel for the Kansas City, Missouri School District as well as owned her own consulting business. Kathy has readily accepted my challenge to take on the “24/7” responsibility of serving as my chief of staff. Her skills and experience will serve MCC well. Please see her attached bio for further details.
These are challenging but exciting times for MCC. Together, we will excel, achieve, and remain a recognized cutting-edge leader in higher education. We are one MCC.
Usually, summer campus tours are reserved for prospective students.
MCC-Longview President Fred Grogan speaks to the delegation of teachers and professors about the campus and its award-winning ESL programs.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
The most recent draftee is former Monarchs catcher Joe Lincoln, who transferred from MCC-Maple Woods to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., to continue his education and baseball career. While playing in a summer league for the non-pro Nevada Griffons, Lincoln was recently selected in the 34th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers and will report to Ogden, Utah, to play for the Raptors in the rookie Pioneer League.
Chuckie Jones, Gatorade’s Missouri Baseball Player of the Year and a Boonville High School graduate, is committed to playing at MCC-Maple Woods next year, and was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the seventh round of the April MLB draft.
Jake Blackwood, who played for MCC-Maple Woods and the Florida Marlins, was recently selected at the Player of the Week for the Northern League as a member of the Kansas City T-Bones. Blackwood, who spent four seasons in the Marlins organization, leads the Northern League with 12 RBI after signing with the T-Bones in 2009.
Chancellor Designee Mark James was introduced to members of the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations (COHO) during the June 4 monthly meeting held at MCC- Penn Valley.
During his presentation he discussed his background and MCC’s partnerships with Alta Vista Charter High School and Plaza del Nino Day Care, a partnership between the Guadalupe Center and MCC. He also expressed MCC’s continued commitment to work with the Hispanic community.
COHO is an umbrella group of more than 20 Latino-focused organizations in both Missouri and Kansas which have joined together to improve the quality of life for Latinos through networking, advocacy and collaboration.
To see how effective Dawn can be in the effort to save wildlife, watch the video .
MCC Chancellor Mark James announces a new partnership between MCC and UCM that will establish a higher education presence in Belton, Mo.
A new partnership between MCC and the University of Central Missouri will give Cass County residents easier access to higher education. The partnership, which is still in the formative phase, will include continuing professional education, workforce training, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs and other services.
MCC and UCM will open a joint temporary office at the Heritage office building in Belton, near MO-58 Highway. The current plan does not include building an actual campus in the county.
Additional information on this exciting new partnership will be forthcoming as it continues to develop.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Paper dragons lined up along the table in the Enchantment of China College for Kids class.
The MCC-Longview College for Kids concluded its first week of fun classes with a full showing of the art projects and crafts done by the students in various classes.
In the Enchantment of China Class, students spent the week learning about the language, history, culture and art of China. Not an easy task to accomplish in only a week, but instructor Valda Hsu, teacher a The Kansas City art Institute, took on the challenge and said she enjoyed the week and was amazed at the creativity of the class.
The artwork from the students enrolled in the Enchantment of China class will be on display this weekend at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center.
In the American Girl College for Kids Class, fans of the doll series shared stories and learned how to make unique pieces of jewelry and clothing for their dolls.
For more photos from the week, be sure to check out the MCC-Longview Flickr page here.
To enroll you kids or to find out more about what classes are still available this summer, be sure to check out the MCC-Longview Community Education site.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Debbie Goodall, BTC president, and Steve Dowell, MCC-Business & Learning Solutions performance consultant, introduced the concept of developing a manufacturing consortium with area companies interested in working with MCC in the manufacturing technology and engineering technology labs. Children’s Mercy Hospital was among the organizations that responded. Representatives said their biotechnology researchers would like to use BTC’s prototyping capabilities in cardiac research.
Monday, June 14, 2010
An education student and soccer player at Maple Woods, Siebert enrolled in Section 199 of the Blue River Field Study, Earth Science for Elementary Teachers class.
“We got the brochures at Maple Woods, and it looked like a lot of fun; and it was 3 credit hours.” said Siebert about her motivation to take the class.
On June 2, the field study group of 13 students was working its way through Yellowstone National Park and was at its last stop of the day, Old Faithful, when a typical spring time storm erupted. Within seconds, Old Faithful was covered with an inch of pea sized hail. As visitors of the park headed for cover they heard a solitary lighting strike.
For one man however, that solitary lighting strike was almost a life changer. Fifty-seven year old Harlan C. Idell Jr., of Florida, had “holes in his shoes” and his hat was “fried” as he fell to the boardwalk. That’s when Siebert stepped in.
“I just heard people screaming, so I ran over, kind of cleared people out of the way and began compressions. It was kind of an aaaaahahha blur of a moment.” A police officer that was on vacation helped Maggie count compressions.
After a few minutes of CPR, Idell came too and was alert and talking when rangers arrived. He was then airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, where he was later released with a ruptured ear drum. Eight others within the vicinity of the strike went to the Old Faithful clinic with minor injuries.
MCC-Blue River instructor Wolfe commented, “Maggie is truly a hero! What more can I say? We are all safe and sound and lucky to have someone like Maggie on the trip.”
For more information about the field study contact Ben Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting this summer, MCC campuses are encouraging employees and students to waste less and recycle more as part of the ongoing efforts to “go green” and reduce our carbon footprint.
Trash cans in each office are being replaced with smaller containers to encourage faculty and staff to consider everything they can recycle before simply pitching it in the garbage. Large trash receptacles will be located in the hallways and common area as collecting points for the departments located within campus buildings. Employees are asked to empty their own trash and recyclable materials at the end of the day.
Paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard, among other things, can all be placed in the large blue recycling containers also located in the hallways. At MCC-Maple Woods, the Student Activities Council will continue to collect paper recyclables.
This is just one of the many efforts that MCC is making, along with the other MCC campuses to conserve, recycle and reduce our impact on the environment.
“We need to do our part to sustain our campus in ways that reduce our costs and lessen our footprint on the environment,” said Bernard Franklin, president of MCC-Penn Valley.
Back Row: Michele Clapp, PV, Captioning Coordinator/Interpreter ; Christina McGee, AC, Employee Relations Manager; Steven Frommelt, AC, Accounting Department Manager; Edwin Beggs, BTC, Network Support Specialist; Mark Corona, MW Student Financial Aid Advisor; and Joel Berrier, AC, Press Operator
Not pictured: Kasey Mayer, PV Bookstore Assistant
Friday, June 11, 2010
Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
BTC will host a portion of the competition in its state-of-the-art Precision Machining lab. A special thank you to Crossland Machinery Company and Acu-rite/Heidenhein Corp. for providing two new digital readouts for the manual milling machines.
Ian Jennings, BTC’s outreach coordinator, will be exhibiting at Bartle Hall all week. If you would like to attend, contact Jennings at (816) 604-5216.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The MCC-Longview Community Education Department is putting the finishing touches on several programs as it is set to once again open up it summer program College For Kids.
Monday will kick off another summer of great classes and workshops aimed at young kids. This summer children as old a 14 will have a chance to sign up for myriad classes that will be fun, educational and a great way to spend the summer.
Check out a full listing of classes and offerings here and sign up!
Also, for more information, call: 816-604-2030
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Here is a great story about how the ingenuity and community spirit from the MCC-Longview Automotive Department is spilling out into the rest of the metro area. (Click the link to watch the video from Fox 4)
Back in January the MCC-Longview Automotive Department donated an entirely refurbished Saturn sedan to a local hospital. The car, which had its engine removed, was to be used to teach paramedics and EMT how to better treat accident victims. MCC-Longview students and faculty were involved in that project.
Now that community spirit has inspired others in the community to create similar car rehab program at the Truman Medical Center with volunteer J.R. Foster at the helm.
Monday, June 7, 2010
The course will be taught by a female instructor and have a female range aid assisting. Participants will learn how to safely operate a motorcycle, proper equipment usage and rules and regulations for riding. At the end of the course, which includes about 15 hours of hands-on riding and instruction, riders will be tested on their driving skills. A passing grade may be substituted for taking the driving portion of the Missouri DMV test.
For more information or to view available course dates, please visit http://mcckc.edu/mwcycle/.
Friday, June 4, 2010
The Metropolitan Community College-Longview’s College for Kids summer program offers this opportunity to join Instructor Valda Hsu as she shares her love of the Chinese culture. She teaches Mandarin Chinese at the Kansas City Art Institute and Chinese brush painting for Kansas City Young Audiences.
The Enchantment of China class will explore the culture and traditions of China through games, crafts, brush painting, calligraphy, dance, language and more. Daily word and phrase exercises will provide a basic introduction to Mandarin Chinese.
All of the artwork done in the all-day class will be on display in the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center during MCC-Longview’s third installment of the International Art Series on June 18.
Mon. -Fri., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., June 14-18 Ages 10-13 (Students bring a lunch/beverage each day)
For more information see the attachment above. Other exciting classes are being offered all summer, so check out the mcckc.edu/lvcommed site for more information.
Summer is here and it is the perfect time to get back into shape with a few simple steps that can help you each day.
Starting June 6 the MCC-Longview Recreation Center is sponsoring a month long Walk-A-Bouts program that will challenge every employee to walk 10,000 steps A DAY!
“We figured everyone likes to have some sort of challenge in their lives and everyone likes to feel a since of accomplishment when you finally achieve that challenge!” said Amber Vandevender from the MCC-Longview Recreation Center. “You’re thinking WOW; No way can I do that! I’m thinking; I LOVE A CHALLENGE!”
Challenge your co-workers, your friends or go head-to-head against another department to see who can take the most steps to a healthier you. It is as simple as picking up an inexpensive pedometer at Wal-Mart or one of the many health and fitness stores in town and just start walking.
The challenge will run until July 3 and each week participants will need to turn in their walking sheets to the Recreation Center to keep up with the campus-wide program. At the end of the month, Amber will be announcing the winners and posting their picture on the Wall of Champions at the LV Recreation Center.
The challenge is in conjunction with several other challenge programs going on at the LV-Recreation Center this summer.
If you have any questions or want to download a walking log sheet please feel free to E-mail Amber at Amber.Vandevender@mcckc.edu
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
An MCC-Blue River student performed CPR on one of the injured by-standers, who was not part of the class. The injured man was taken to a medical center for further treatment and was later released in good health.
“We had the students checked out to make sure everything was okay,” said Wolfe. “We were all safe and sound.”
To read more about the lightning strike, visit: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37474114/ns/weather/
Geol 215-Geology Field Study is an 11 day trip where students travel through northwestern Wyoming including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. A main focus of the field trip is to study historic volcanic activity of the Yellowstone plateau with stops observing geysers, hot springs and mud pots.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Students conceived ideas, starting with paper sketches, then created CADD drawings and finally a 3-D prototype in the new MCC-BTC Prototyping Lab. Top designs ranged from traditional cone shapes to tops that incorporated brackets, handles and string pulls. One top resembled a miniature ballerina and another incorporated fireworks.