Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Chancellor Mark James and MCC-Longview president Fred Grogan listen to questions and stories from faculty, staff and students during a special Tuesday lunch meeting in the Mel Aytes Education Center.
Meeting with faculty, staff and students Tuesday afternoon, MCC Chancellor Mark James said he was thrilled to see the dozen or more students who turned out to ask questions and share their own success stories from the classroom.
Students from the honors program, Phi Theta Kappa and even student government shared their individual stories about how a dedicated faculty and staff at MCC have helped launch them into new academic heights.
"These are the stories I love to hear," James said in his lunch meeting with MCC-Longview faculty, staff and students. "I love to hear about those successes and achievements directly from our own students. It is what keeps me going here."
The meeting was part of James' overall effort to visit all five MCC campuses and answer questions.
On Tuesday he sat down at MCC-Longview over wraps and chips to not only hear about some of the great milestones from students, but did answer some tough questions.
Faculty members questioned why it took so long for adjunct faculty to get paid at the beginning of each semester - sometimes six to seven week after classes start.
James admitted that the answer to the question was not perfect, but did spend a good amount of time trying to explain the whole process and how Vice Chancellor Tuesday Stanley and her staff were working to correct it.
Faculty members also asked about new ways to hire adjunct faculty members, which has become more difficult over time. Vice Chancellor Paul Long said the administrative staff have started a process that will pool all of the adjuct faculty from all five campuses into one database divided by subject. This will give department heads and hiring committees a chance to see all of the candidates from around the Kansas City region and possibly even find a few from other campuses that could fill in from time to time.
That process, Long said, is still in the works, but is moving forward steadily.
In the end, James spent close to two hours answering questions and hearing stories at MCC-Longview. James also promised to return to Longview for more Q and A sessions.
"We will be back," he said. "Believe me this is not just a one and done kind of commitment."
For more photos from Mark James's visit, click through to our Flickr page.
A Precision Machining Career Exploration has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology. This event begins at 6 p.m. and runs for about one and a half hours, beginning in Technology Center Room 101A.
MCC’s Precision Machining program features a state-of-the-art, 8,800 sq. ft. laboratory full of manual machining tools and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines. MCC-BTC is a HAAS Technical Education Center, Mastercam software training facility, and a NIMS testing center.
Visitors will meet academic and financial aid advisors who can help them get started in college. They’ll also tour the lab with the program coordinator, learning how to prepare for a career in Precision Machining, and what the daily work is like.
Programs range from a one-semester job-ready CNC certificate to two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Precision Machining, with a manual or CNC focus. Many Kansas City employers are looking for graduates with these skills. Learn more about this field at mcckc.edu/precisionmachining and at the local chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association website, www.kcntma.org.
Individuals may register online at mcckc.edu/visitbtc, call 816.604.5200 or e-mail email@example.com. Walk-ins are also welcome. MCC-BTC is located at 1775 Universal Ave. Kansas City, MO, and on the web at mcckc.edu/btc.
The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) recently volunteered at Guadalupe Centers Inc. Thanksgiving Luncheon. The MCC-Penn Valley student organization helped prepare drinks, set tables, clean-up and serve food to 500 GCI participants and community people with a Thanksgiving meal.
Selected jazz standards include works from the Hard Bop era as well as music from Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Donny Hathaway and a moving selection written by Alaadeen.
Congratulations to Smith and let's get in full swing with the holidays at the concert!
MARC, the metropolitan planning organization for the bi-state Kansas City region, has agreed to provide MCC with access to a recently-acquired database that analyzes and generates reports on job market trends. The database, called EMSI, was developed specifically for colleges, workforce boards and economic development groups. The system can sort data by industry, occupation, demographic group or region, with projections for up to ten years.
As I.W.I. continues to look for new ways to support MCC’s development of a skilled and educated workforce, EMSI will be a valuable tool to support on-going research of regional needs. The I.W.I. community development team has already begun using the robust database tool: last month, the team created a report on the Lee’s Summit area at the request of leaders at Longview.
Kevin Kelley, I.W.I.’s director of community development, hopes others at MCC will also take advantage of this new tool.
“As the campuses are looking at ways to address the specific needs of their respective communities – and MCC as a district is looking at ways to address the needs of the metro area as a whole – EMSI is really going to revolutionize how we do program planning,” Kelley said. “The EMSI system allows us to focus down to a single ZIP code, or out to a national level. We’ve never had access to something like that before.”
The database’s capabilities will enable MCC, MARC and other community partners to investigate occupational trends and opportunities within the metropolitan area and see how Kansas City compares to the rest of the country. Other software features include access to business data which will be useful for forming industry partnerships. Economic impact reports can be used to track MCC’s continued role in the community, and the career pathways analyses and projections will aid MCC in delivering programming that ensures students’ success after graduation.
MCC has a long-standing relationship with MARC. Among other initiatives, MCC is a member of the organization’s workforce research committee, which also includes representatives from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Full Employment Council, the Workforce Partnership, Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Workforce and job market reports, including research for a specific MCC service area or campus, can be generated upon request. For more information, contact Kevin Kelley, Pat Lees or Chris Butler at the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation.
She says of her teaching style “I like to create a very relaxed classroom atmosphere, but I also try to challenge students and keep them engaged during class.”
"I really look forward to working with everyone, Dr. Seabrooks, the other division chairs, and fellow faculty in the coming weeks and months," says McGee.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Portfolio Day is a great way for art students to connect with institutions who offer educational or career training programs in various aspects of art. Those institutions with art programs meet with prospective students and evaluate their portfolios. After meeting with several schools, four intuitions were interested in Johnson transferring into their art programs
“It was a great experience for me,” said Johnson. “The day was very helpful in preparing students to move into art programs.”
When asked how Johnson prepared she stated “drawing is my favorite class.” She also enjoyed digital sketchbook, a pre-graphics course as well as painting, and printing courses. Outside the class room, she worked on designing flyers for friends to gain additional experience and build her portfolio.
Johnson completed her GED five years ago and earned her aesthetics license. But she found cosmetology was hard on her body. She then turned to her dream of becoming a graphic artist and owning her own company.
Johnson credits her brother Bryan, her aesthetics instructor and others for recognizing her talents early on and encouraging her to look into the art field. And she credits all of her art instructors for helping her construct her portfolio and encouraging her to go to portfolio day. Step by step, she moves closer to achieving her goal.
For more information about the MCC-Blue River art program, visit www.mcckc.edu/blueriver or call 816.604.6400.
Dinner and Discussion for Educators
Topic: Economic Update and Lessons Learned from the Recession
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 - 5:30-8 p.m.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required; space is limited.
Click for additional information or to register.
Well, being the MCC over-achievers you are, we are proud to say we've reached that goal way ahead of schedule! Thanks to everyone that "liked" us.
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Recently, a small group of the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City performed at a local Christmas party in the Longview Mansion in Kansas City, Missouri.
The next scheduled performance is Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 500 Truman Road in Indepenence. Addmission for adults is $6 and children and seniors are admitted for $4.
For more information about the Chorale, click here.
The MCC-Longivew Recreation Center successfully raised enough money to feed more than 10,000 people this past holiday weekend.
As part of the MCC-Longview Charity Boot Camp, personal trainers and staff there invited people to donate money and food online as the Rec Center and Harvesters partnered in a month-long campaign for the local food network.
With each donation to Harvesters, visitors would receive a free 45-minute cardio workout session at the Rec Center.
By the end of the end of the campaign, more than 22 people showed up Friday morning to break a sweat for charity. But even more took up the call online as organizers said they raised more than $2,000 for Harvesters.
In a letter to participants, MCC-Longview personal trainer Ryan Layman thanked everyone who helped make the event a success.
Thank you for visiting the MCC Longview Charity Workout Virtual Food Drive for Harvesters! Our drive was a huge success, collecting enough money and food to enable Harvesters to provide 10,014 meals for those in need in our community.
Thank you for your support of Harvesters and hunger relief!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
At MCC-Maple Woods, for example, the equipment being prepared includes two pickup trucks with blades, a Bobcat skid steer loader, five tractors of varying sizes with blades and brooms, and several types of spreaders. A unique feature of the Maple Woods operation is storage sheds that permit ice control sand and salt to be purchased in bulk and loaded into spreading equipment with front end loaders – saving time and money over the use of bagged products.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
MCC-Longview facilities staff braved the cool rain to begin planting the massive field of native grasses on campus today.
In partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation, MCC-Longview spent much of the fall attempting to kill off the green field on the southeast corner of campus to make way for the native grasses being planted today.
By spring the grasses will begin to sprout and flower. The native Missouri grasses being seeded today include:
First place prizes will be awarded to the best soup AND the best chili. It’s time to dust off that old crock pot, pull out your favorite recipe and get cooking! All proceeds go to the Staff Association, which allows us to continue our Employee of the Month program. Not only does this event benefit the Staff Association, it is A LOT OF FUN!
If you think your soup or chili is outrageously delicious and would like to enter it in our contest, email or call Sam Sheil at 4115 . We are also in need of volunteers to help with this function, please let me know if you are interested!
Stop by and sample all the goodies plus get a bowl of your favorite, all for the low, low price of $3.00. Winter is right around the corner, so join us for a bowl of steaming hot soup or chili and vote for your favorite chef. We hope to see you there!
When: Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
Where: Upper level cafeteria
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MCC-Penn Valley Men's and Women's basketball teams will host the areawide basketball tournament on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the gym.
The tournament is also a great opportunity to check out the Lady Scouts who are fresh off a 94 -55 victory from Saint Mary!
Freshman Ejehi Ehovon earned double-doubles with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Also, several players scored double digits:
Shekera Haynes, Freshman: 17 points
KeAla Jones, Sophomore: 15 points
Leah Smith, Sophomore: 15 points
So let's cheer on the Scouts and other local high school and college teams at the shootout this weekend!
MCC-Penn Valley faculty, staff and students came together to make Thanksgiving special for needy students. The campus donated $1,434.00 towards the purchase of 21 full holiday meals for needy student families.
The amount was above what was needed and extra funds will be diverted to the Penn Valley Student Emergency Fund.
The annual Thanksgiving Meal Fund Drive is hosted by the Student Ambassadors. Gwen Moffett-Pate is the advisor.
Today, several MCC-Blue River Student Development offices are moving to new locations during the remodeling process.
For your records, please make note of the following changes:
Student Development Center
Business & Records
Student Development Services was clossed November 24 during the moving process.
The HSI visit included a panel discussion on early college and career preparation; Tracy Hall, MCC-Penn Valley associate dean of instruction, served on the panel. During welcoming remarks, MCC Board President David Disney underscored the importance of MCC’s role as the oldest and largest public institution of higher education in the Kansas City area, citing as an example the healthcare career education being delivered at the Health Science Institute.
The tour was coordinated by the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. Other stops included the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Legends, the Kansas Speedway and Village West.
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The fun begins with the volleyball tournament on December 2. The game starts at 1 PM and ends at 3 PM. Participation cost is $5 per player with a 4 person minimum and a 5 maximum per team. Each team must have at least 1 of each gender and include [at least] 1 MCC student. All participants will receive a BR t-shirt.
Not long after the volleyball face-off, the 3 v 3 basketball tourney will ensue on December 6. The start time is 1 PM and will conclude at 3 PM. Each team must have at least 3 players with a limit of 5 players total. A MCC student must play on each team. The winning team will score a championship t-shirt. MCC may develop intermediate and beginner categories based on the number of registered players.
All activities will be in the Arts and Sciences Gym.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
If enough employees are interested in the program, the Face-to-Face coach will be conveniently scheduled at as many campuses that have participants. The coaches will work one-on-one with employees in 25 minute sessions to help develop personalized goals in a number of areas.
· Assistance in developing a personalized plan to improve health risks and changing long-held behaviors and habits
· Support and guidance during initial stages of change – which is a crucial time in behavior modification process
· Provide ongoing support and assistance to help you meet identified short and long-term goals
· Work to address environmental triggers that may interfere with goals
· Help identify ways to avoid triggers or develop new responses to triggers
Overall wellness is not related to one single health factor, but a combination of different physical and emotional health areas. Coaches will help combine these different factors into your own customized wellness plan to reach your goals.
Before making arrangements for a coach to come to MCC, we need to identify the levels of interest of the employees. Please complete this four question survey by clicking this link.
Registration will begin mid-January - just in time for New Year’s resolutions! This might be the year you can make those goals happen!
The three sessions will give those in attendance a chance to discuss ways to be better prepared for the tax season. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about various tax credits and deductions to consider before the end of the calendar year.
Parents of college age students can also get information on topics ranging from tuition-related tax breaks including the Hope credit, the Lifetime Learning credit, and other credits related to tuition and fees deduction.
The sessions will conclude with an opportunity for the attendees to speak individually with a tax preparer regarding additional information and tax preparation in the future.
MCC- Penn Valley Education Center – Room EC0019
Tax Talk Sessions:
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Representatives from both the Fire and Police Academies competed in volleyball, dodge ball, soccer and flag football.
However, all was not lost for the Police Academy, rallying from 14 points behind in flag football; they swiped the victory with a last minute touchdown.
When all was said and done, “Both academies had a great time and demonstrated exceptional school spirit," said David Owens, Blue River's fitness, recreation, and athletic programs coordinator.
Annette Farrell – Early Childhood Resource Specialist – MCC Penn Valley
Larry McCrea – Sr. Campus Police Officer
Timothy Brewer - Sr. Campus Police Officer
It is also a time to survey the things, people and moments for which we have a level of gratitude. For me, it is a time to reflect. It is here a deeper thankfulness emerges. A Thankfulness that is actually fun and makes me happier.
You and I co-create Longview and MCC each day. We bring our uniqueness — all the creativity, skillfulness, theory and practice — with us each day. I so appreciate the partnership and the opportunities, including the challenges, we have together.
I appreciate you.
I trust you will have a great time during this holiday time. Enjoy!
Marvin Aaron is the associate dean of student development at MCC-Longview
Monday, November 22, 2010
MCC has won yet another hard-earned award, this time in recognition of the college’s efforts to streamline online payment options for students.
The Set the Curve Award was presented to MCC’s Student Financials department by the client advisory board of TouchNet Information Systems, the third-party vendor that supplies MCC’s online student payment, cashiering and online store systems. The award, which is presented every two years, recognizes innovation and achievement by TouchNet clients who set the curve in campus commerce.
“MCC won this award in part because of their commitment to student satisfaction, their focus on lowering delinquent accounts receivable, and their ability to effectively manage rapid growth in student enrollment,” said a TouchNet spokesperson.
Members of MCC’s Student Financials team accepted the award at TouchNet’s annual national COMTEC conference earlier this month in Kansas City. As part of the award, MCC will receive $500 in student scholarship funds.
MCC implemented the TouchNet system in 2009. Cindy Butler, district director of student financial aid, points to the value the system provides to MCC, especially to students.
“TouchNet software allows us to offer online payment options, electronic billing and direct deposit refunds to our students without the risk of storing their sensitive bank account information on our server,” Butler said.
In January, the campus opened the Health Science Institute (HSI), a 170,000 sq. ft. educational facility designed with the latest healthcare technology.
A key feature of the state-of-the-art HSI is a 10,000 sq. ft. virtual hospital with a fully functioning operating room, an emergency room, a neonatal intensive care unit and patient rooms.
In the nine months since HSI opened, it has earned a number of high honors, including two recent honors for the virtual hospital. The Society of Simulation in Healthcare has awarded the accreditation in core standards and teaching/education to the virtual hospital and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has selected MCC-Penn Valley as one of only 10 schools in the country to participate in a landmark simulation study. As participants in the NCSBN study, HSI faculty will undergo extensive training in running and debriefing simulation scenarios.
“We are honored to be one of the few programs in the nation to earn these prestigious honors,” said Sandy McIlnay, director of the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute. “Simulation-based learning is one of the most innovative training methods for nursing and allied health students and professionals that ensure patient safety and quality medical care.”
HSI was also recently recognized by the Missouri Community College Association with the 2010 Technology Innovation Award.
HSI offers a number of programs to meet the healthcare worker shortage including: coding specialist, dental assistant, emergency medical technician (EMT)/paramedic, health information technology, mammography, medical transcription, nursing (ADN, LPN, CNA), occupational therapy, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, physical therapy, radiology, sonography and surgical technology.
MCC-Longview's Recreation Center is once again ready to break a sweat and get physical to for charity.
Partnering with Harvesters, staff at the Longview Recreation Center are asking for donations that will benefit the community food network.
The Recreation Center and Harvesters have kicked off a virtual food drive at: http://www.mcclongviewcharityworkout.harvesters.org/
There, visitors can virtually donate food to Harvesters. Each donation will secure you a spot in the workout session with MCC-Longview personal trainers the day after Thanksgiving. Gyms across the country are participating and MCC-Longview is looking to you for help.
Last year, staff at the recreation center led an hour-long cardio workout where they raised more than $200 for the American Heart Association. MCC-Longview recreation staff members this season are looking for enough Harvesters donations to feed 1,000 families.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Overall, the Kansas City Campaign raised over $35 million dollars. Donors from MCC contributed almost $31,000 of those monies. There are still a few donations coming in.
Breakdown of MCC fundraising:
MCC Districtwide Fundraising Event at Inservice - $190
MCC-Administrative Center - $6,649
MCC-Blue River -$2,327
MCC-Business & Technology - $3,618
MCC-Longview - $7,233
MCC-Maple Woods - $3,458
MCC-Penn Valley - $7,162
Thank you for all those who gave and those who volunteered their time to help raise funds for The United Way. Live United!
Toys are accepted for children from newborn to teenagers.
Toys will be collected until Dec. 10 and donated to the children of incarcerated mothers detained at the Jackson County Detention Center.
To participate, you can drop off new, unwrapped gifts in the Social Sciences Division, which is in room 301 of the Humanities Building at Penn Valley.
For more information, call 816.604.4282.
It started out as two nonprofits engaging in the good ole fashioned bartering system – free space in exchange for free services. But a crisis showed why this partnership was necessary for both institutions.
Truman Medical Center needed additional space for its behavioral health programs. MCC-Penn Valley needed to offer mental health services to its students. So Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health’s Futures Program moved onto the fourth floor of MCC-Penn Valley’s Campus Center building on Sept. 13.
“It only made sense for two urban institutions like Penn Valley and Truman to come together. We both serve the same population who has multiple challenges and disparities,” says Bernard Franklin, MCC-Penn Valley president.
Then on Sept. 14, MCC-Penn Valley Dean of Instruction Al Dimmitt was viciously assaulted minutes before a scheduled press conference with Governor Jay Nixon.
Veronica Highley, director of the Futures Program at Truman, says many students visited their offices in the days after the attack.
“We didn’t hear from many students who said they didn’t feel safe at Penn Valley anymore,” says Highley. “Many of the people who came to us shared how the incident triggered a lot of past issues. They talked about how they thought they had deal with past traumatic issues in their neighborhoods, in their homes and this incident caused those memories to resurface.”
The partnership allows Penn Valley students to get a free assessment and two visits with Truman counselors. If additional visits are necessary, Truman will work with students to identify payment programs and options. In return, Truman gets office space to serve its existing clients – many who are youth who have never been on a college campus.
“For many of our clients, neither they nor anyone in their family has gone to college. By coming to Penn Valley and stepping foot on a college campus regularly, it makes the dream of going to college a reality instead of a far-off place,” says Highley.
The partnership was also discussed in a recent issue of The Kansas City Star.
MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Institute selected as one of the 10 sites nationwide to participate in simulation study
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) recently selected MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Institute to participate in a groundbreaking simulation study.
“We are honored to be one of only 10 schools in the nation selected to participate in this simulation study,” says Sandy McIlnay, Director of MCC-Penn Valley’s Health Science Insitute. “Simulation offers experiential learning opportunities for nursing students to learn how to manage patients with a variety of health care needs. Simulation also ensures patient safety and promotes better preparation of new nurses.”
As participants in this landmark study, HSI will experience extensive faculty training in running and debriefing simulation scenarios.
“Participating schools will have standardized, high-quality, validated scenarios they will be using throughout the study, as well as standardized assessments of clinical competency in both the simulation and clinical settings,” says Jennifer Hayden, NCSBN research associate and simulation study project director.
The HSI's Virtual Hospital is a 10,000 sq. ft. healthcare simulation center for students studying nursing, emergency medical services, physical therapy and other healthcare disciplines.
The suite includes: six learning areas that closely mimic hospital departments that provide a clinical environment for students and professionals to practice procedures such as intubation, IV insertion, cardioversion and lung decompression with 12 computer-operated human patient simulators that mimic various patient scenarios, such as: trauma, shock, collapsed lung, chest pain, cardiac arrest, pulmonary emboli, asthmas, neurological events, obstetrical emergencies and childbirth.
NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
1. Home page
2. Message from the Chancellor
3. Career opportunities
4. MCC welcomes new employees
5. MCC welcomes new full time faculty
6. Sign up for employee health risk assessment
7. Cole retires after 11 years
8. Cinderelli Shelli at MCC-Maple Woods
9. Don’t go hungry at this year’s inservice
10. MCC-Longview welcomes new faculty
If there are things you would like to read more about, contact your campus or AC representative listed on the right hand side of this blog.
“My first attempt at welding was in my first welding class,” says Carolyn. “I had zero previous experience with welding – I had never held a welding gun until I got to MCC-BTC.” However, she has climbed to the top of the class.
“Carolyn is a great welder – she has a perfect combination of skill, patience, ambition, and the desire to learn,” says Dr. Tim Gill, welding program coordinator. “That’s why I encouraged her to apply for the Edgar Jimenez Scholarship.”
Carolyn is now $500 wealthier due to the donation and scholarship set up by MCC student, Edgar Jimenez. After retirement, Edgar has audited classes at MCC for the last 15 years. As token of his appreciation, Jimenez donated $500 for a scholarship to be awarded to a deserving student. This year that student is Carolyn Cassidy.
At age 20, Carolyn says she has always wanted to be an artist. “I was planning to go straight into art school, but my uncle, who is also a welder, encouraged me to take welding classes as a way to both create art and have a skill to fall back on,” says Carolyn.
“I would like to design and build large metal sculptures some day. The welding skills I am learning now will certainly be of use when I am out of school,” Carolyn says.
After finishing her A.A.S. degree in Welding and Management, Carolyn plans to transfer to a 4-year school to work on a bachelor’s degree in art.
The Reentry Club at MCC-Longview is collecting items for the Lee’s Summit Hope House Christmas Store.
Hope House is in need of many new item donations - if you are able to donate even one thing, it will help a less fortunate person this Christmas.
You can download the entire list of items needed from the link below. Some items are very inexpensive and others are a bit more expensive.
Whatever you can donate will be appreciated. The Hope House is asking that these items be new items.
Please bring donated items to the Reentry Room (Campus Center 257) by Friday, Dec. 3.
Many thanks from the Reentry Club at Longview!
Steen lost a total of 21.8 pounds during the challenge, after losing 25 lbs on her own before starting the challenge.
Kudos to her fitness team at MCC-Maple Woods Fitness Center, mentioned in the video.