Friday, April 29, 2011

Career Opportunites

CO# 11-054 LV Art Instructor
* posted 04/29/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Wednesday, 05/11/2011 for the initial screening.
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CO# 11-055 MW Student Services Specialist
* posted 04/29/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Sunday, 05/15/2011 for the initial screening.
* For more information or to apply:

CO# 11-056 BTC Administrative Assistant - Level 4
* posted 04/29/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Sunday, 05/15/2011 for the initial screening.
* For more information or to apply:

CO# 11-057 LV Maintenance Mechanic
* posted 04/29/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Sunday, 05/15/2011 for the initial screening.
* For more information or to apply:

MCC-Longview to honor top students, faculty and staff at Sunday reception

As the campus nears the end of the semester, we take a moment to reflect on some of the success and accomplishments of our students, staff and faculty that have worked so hard this year.

This sunday, MCC-Longview president Fred Grogan will honor those top individuals at a reception and awards ceremony at the Mel Aytes Education Center.

Some of the award recipients include Longview's top academic achievers, top athletes and faculty members whose contributions this year could not go unnoticed.

MCC-Longview Awards Reception
The Mel Aytes Education Center
Reception 2 p.m.
Awards 2:30 p.m.

Be sure to check here next week for photos and a list of all the award winners.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

LINC Works partnership gives families a step up

Every year, the Local Investment Commission (LINC) provides support to 3,300 clients in the Kansas City area while they search for employment. Now, their search just got a little easier.

Through a new partnership between the LINC Works initiative and the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation (I.W.I.), people receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) have the opportunity to get job training in high-demand fields.

In addition to supporting the mission of MCC, this important partnership with one of the region’s leading nonprofit community-based organizations brings in an average of $3,000 per student. Costs cover technical training, “soft skills” workplace preparation, connections to employers and academic support. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to help LINC clients get GEDs and technical certificates to help launch them in meaningful careers.

Since February, 45 students from LINC Works have enrolled in I.W.I. programs such as CNA+, certified mental health technician, and professional food preparation courses. Plans are in place for additional courses to be added on a monthly basis, paving the way for more participants. Options being explored for course offerings later this spring include welding, phlebotomy, sterile processing, commercial truck driving, and courses in the animal health sector.

VIDEO: One-on-One with MCC-Longview's guest theater director Ryan Morehead

Starting this summer MCC-Longview is going to offer a whole new classroom opportunity for students interested in the theater.

Guest Director Ryan Morehead will be launch the inaugural Lakeside Summer Theatre Workshop where he will explore every facet of the theater culminating in a musical theater production in August.

The workshop itself is not limited to just actors or musicians. Morehead has tailored this workshop to also expose students to theatre roles that exist backstage. Set builders, costumers, lighting technicians and more will all get a chance to learn about the theater trade and work through this new experience at Longview with Morehead.

For more information, contact the Liberal Arts Department at MCC-Longview.

Protect yourself: Self-Defense Training for Women at MCC-Blue River

Self-Defense Training for Women

Learn to be safe at home, work, school, and even in relationships. The MCC-Blue River Self-Defense Training for Women seminar will increase your awareness and reduce your risk of becoming a crime victim. You will get right in the moment with this reality-based, one-time, four hour course on May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.

"The paradox of self-defense," according to instructor Rusty Sullivan, "is that the more prepared you are, the less likely you are to need it. When you can recognize and respond effectively to potentially dangerous situations you are more confident in your everyday activities." You are also less likely to become the target of a crime. This training would be invaluable to teenagers and their moms as well.

Instructor Rusty Sullivan is a Belton police officer, Grandview firefighter and the Assistant Chief of Training at MCC-Blue River. Rusty has trained in a variety of martial arts. He is an international instructor who has served eleven years as a S.W.A.T. medic and officer, and has trained with the Israeli Defense Forces, British S.A.S., and others. Rusty is also a police hostage negotiator. He has a dynamic and interactive style of

MCC-Maple Woods Video Spotlight: Softball

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

National Walk at Lunch Day a success


Over 100 employees from across the district participated in the Blue Cross Blue Shield National Walk at Lunch Day. The walk was organized by the MCC Living Well Program.

MCC-Maple Woods
Jim Sierks, MCC print shop manager, power-walks in the BTC Exhibit Hall.  Not captured in the photograph are little flames shooting from his feet.
MCC-Blue River

Penn Valley hosts successful financial literacy week!

A lucky Penn Valley student (left) is all smiles as she carts off her winning bag from Commerce Bank.
Students, staff and faculty sharpened their money skills during financial literacy week at MCC-Penn Valley. Nearly 140 students attended five financial literacy events throughout the week. In fact, roughly 75 students attended the Banking and Savings Fair on April 19.

Financial institutions from the area shared money savvy tips with Penn Valley students.

Nearly 40 prizes were awarded to students who attended the events. Employees were also invited to participate by answering questions about financial articles sent to them via email throughout the week. For answering the questions correctly, Project Success Academic Advisor Gieselle Deng won a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Gieselle Deng showed off her financial know how and scored the winning prize, $50 savings bond.
Here's to a financially savvy Penn Valley!

MCC Chancellor visits Penn Valley on day of announcement of new president

MCC-Penn Valley was anxiously looking forward to welcoming MCC Chancellor Mark James for his campus visit Tuesday. The visit was part of the chancellor's yearlong luncheon meetings with students, staff and faculty at each of the district's five campuses. But this visit was definitely far from ordinary because it was held moments after Penn Valley's new president, Joe Seabrooks, was announced.

"The vision was there. The passion was there," James stated as he explained his decision to appoint Seabrooks to the presidency.

James also praised Seabrooks for his open, honest communication style. "He's not going to tell you what you want to hear," said James. "He's going to tell you what you need to hear. And he has the courage to make decisions."

Seabrooks expressed gratitude for the appointment and excitement for leading Penn Valley. "We are so poised for greatness," he said. "We've been great for so long. Now we need to be phenomenal."

James also shared that he will make policy recommendations to the board on May 12. "In the end, I will do what's best for MCC in the long haul. It's a stark reality that we have to make serious changes to the way we've operated."

The chancellor said the decisions he will make will not be easy, but are necessary for MCC's future. "Failure is not in my vocabulary," the chancellor stated. "Student success is what MCC stands for. We need to make sure we're focusing on success at an excellent level."

Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks shares his vision for guiding Penn Valley to new levels of excellence.

Chancellor James expressed his confidence in new president Joe Seabrooks.

Three BTC Teams Compete in Tiger Net Challenge

From Left: Micheal Richard, Carl Schmitt, Tim Kirk, Maurice Burk, and Francine Wild compete as Team Highlander in the 2011 Tiger Net Challenge Wednesday, April 27 at MCC-Business & Technology.  Twenty seven teams from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconson, as well as two teams from China, compete online in three areas: Quiz Bowl, Troubleshooting, and Router Wars.  MCC-BTC has three teams from the Cisco Networking Academy in this year's competition with Team Highlander, Team America, and Team Rag Tag.  More information about the Tiger Net Challenge is found here.
Team Highlander during Quiz Bowl section of Tiger Net Challenge.

LaBeth loves learning, laughing

Spend two minutes with Rodger LaBeth and one thing is clear: he enthusiastically embraces each day in his work as a professional development trainer at MCC. His ever-present smile and his perpetually-happy mood convey a genuine zeal for his career as an educator – and his love for lifelong learning.

It’s Rodger’s passion for his work that led to his nomination as April employee of the month for the Administrative Center.

Rodger’s 10 years at MCC was preceded by a career in collegiate and high school athletics. He worked as the football coach at Oak Grove High School and then in the same role at his alma mater, William Jewell College. His 20-year career at William Jewell included a stint as dean of physical education, athletics and facilities.

Rodger holds bachelor of arts degrees in biology and physical education from William Jewell and a master of arts degree in sports administration from Ohio University. He also completed coursework in the doctoral

VIDEO: MCC-Longview Faculty art exhibit

The MCC-Longview Faculty Art Exhibit wrapped up this past week, but the artists and minds behind some of the creations will still be on campus inspiring new artists to follow in their footsteps.

 Check out the video from the exhibit and see for your self.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BTC Selected One of Top 120 Colleges in US

MCC-Business & Technology has been honored as one of the 120 community colleges eligible for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

An expert panel has identified BTC as eligible to apply for the $1 million prize based on institutional performance, improvement, and equity on student retention and completion measures.

Business & Technology is the only MCC campus to be selected, and one of five Missouri colleges – joining Linn State, Crowder, North Central and Missouri State University-West Plains.

Applying for the next round will require documenting how we use data to continually improve student success, program offerings and our responsiveness to workforce needs. The Aspen Institute hopes that “by focusing on student success and lifting up models that work, the Aspen Prize will honor excellence, stimulate innovation, and create benchmarks for measuring progress.”

The $1 million will be awarded in December 2011.

Read more about the Aspen Prize here -

Seabrooks appointed president of MCC-Penn Valley

MCC Chancellor Mark James has appointed Joseph Seabrooks, Jr., Ph.D., as president of MCC-Penn Valley.

Seabrooks has served as interim president of MCC-Penn Valley since December. He joined the five-campus college district in 2007 as president of MCC-Blue River. He has retained the MCC-Blue River presidency during his time as interim president of MCC-Penn Valley.

“During his interim assignment at MCC-Penn Valley, Dr. Seabrooks demonstrated a passion and vision that made it obvious he was the perfect person to assume the presidency of the Penn Valley campus,” said James. “I am confident that this appointment will mean great things for MCC-Penn Valley.”

Seabrooks will hold the interim presidency of MCC-Blue River until a permanent president is appointed. The college district will soon initiate a national search process to fill that position.

Seabrooks is well respected in the higher education community, having earned a number of local and regional awards for educational leadership. He spent 10 years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in various roles, including director of minority student affairs and assistant director of alumni and constituent relations. He also worked at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs before joining Metropolitan Community College.

Seabrooks earned four degrees from UMKC: an interdisciplinary doctorate in urban leadership and policy studies and education administration; an education specialist degree; a master's degree in higher education administration; and a bachelor's degree in psychology. He is a vocal advocate for urban higher education.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to play a significant role in building upon MCC-Penn Valley’s legacy of empowering students to make their aspirations and dreams permanent realities,” said Seabrooks.

Seabrooks' apppointment is effective today, Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Map your campus

Mapping MCC-Longview

Do you know the fastest way to get from Parking Lot A to the Liberal Arts Building? Have you shared the secret short-cut through the Business Building?

Now you can share all of your campus navigation tips with the world (and maybe a few new students just learning the ropes) with the new Google Map Maker program.

Just log on with your Google account and you can start creating more accurate driving directions, walking directions and even biking directions on any map to any location in the world. More importantly, though, you can create maps of your campus that will give new students and visitors a better understanding of the layout before they have even set foot in a classroom.

But the Google Map Maker does more than just directions. Already students and staff have been building the MCC-Longview campus to mark individual buildings. So rather than aimlessly wandering campus looking for the right building, you can just Google your way right to the front door of your class.

(Hint: The Mel Aytes Education Center is actually behind the Business Building - but you know that already after checking the new Google Map Maker)

You can also show off some of your favorite places on campus - Cafe, Game Room, the hidden student lounge in the Business Building - by adding them to the map as well.

Let us know what you think and Happy Mapping!

MCC-Maple Woods Video Spotlight: Student Ambassadors

Monday, April 25, 2011

AIDSWalk Kansas City this Saturday

MCC students and employees have been working hard to collect money for people in the Kansas City Metro area who have HIV/AIDS. So far $4,582 in pledges have been made. Team MCC has 21 members and is still looking for more participation for the walk THIS Saturday at Theis Park.

You can join the team at

Faculty profile: Political science instructor Joe Volpe on electronic revolution

Political science instructor
Joseph Volpe

MCC-Blue River political science instructor Joe Volpe brought to The MCC Insider a discussion of the effects of current events on the MCC-Blue River community. His recent studies reveal that the revolution in electronic media has affected a revolution in political activism which reaches across the globe and into our own community, even as far as our classrooms and the personal lives of our students.

MCC-BR: Of all of the current events that would interest a political science instructor, what is it that you see sparking the most interest in students right now?

JV: The things that everybody wants to talk about are the government shutdown which may happen by midnight tonight [at the time of the interview], and all the revolts in the Middle East. This has been a huge topic… a lot of them, since they’re fairly young, and a lot of [the activists], like

MCC-Maple Woods Video Spotlight: Phi Theta Kappa

Penn Valley bids farewell to financial aid retiree!

MCC-Penn Valley's loss is the shopping mall's gain. That was pretty much the sentiment as financial aid staffer and self-proclaimed shopaholic Viki Duncan said farewell at her surprise retirement party. Surrounded by colleagues and family, Duncan reflected on her years of service and fun times.

Former Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks wished Viki Duncan well.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Penn Valley student ambassadors assist with Haiti relief

It's been more than a year since the devastating earthquake ravaged the island of Haiti. While news coverage has decreased, the hard work of rebuilding the country continues.

MCC-Penn Valley Student Ambassadors answered the call to help the citizens of Haiti by hosting several fundraisers during the school year. The group hosted bake sales, garage sales and other events for the cause and presented a $500 check to Heart To Heart International to assist in the organization's Haiti relief efforts.

Ken Bevers of Heart To Heart accepted the donation and shared ongoing efforts the organization is hosting. He also said the organization would use the campus Student Ambassadors as an example as the group   reached out to colleges across the area in hopes of geting college students involved in world relief efforts.

Way to go Ambassadors!

Penn Valley to host veteran leadership presentation

Mike Pereira, director of fellowship programs for The Mission Continues, will speak on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater (ST 101) at MCC-Penn Valley.

He will share his inspiring journey of finding meaning and purpose in the civilian world after returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will also discuss how his community college experience played a role in this transition.

The event is free and open to the public.

Career opportunity

CO# 11-053 AC Director of Career Education (Internal Only)


I.W.I. hosts Customer Appreciation Night

Last week, the Institute for Workforce Innovation (I.W.I.) thanked Kansas City area companies in the annual Customer Appreciation Night at the Business & Technology campus. I.W.I. is proud to continue to be the go-to source for so many business consulting and training needs.

Fifteen representatives from a variety of companies and organizations came out to enjoy an evening of networking, food, prizes and guided tours of the BTC Harley-Davidson lab. The attendees included companies and organizations such as Hallmark, CertainTeed, ATK, Reit Management and Research, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Excelsior Springs Job Corps, and the Water Services Department of Kansas City, Missouri, reflecting the broad client base that MCC serves and will continue to serve.

Penn Valley graphic design students to showcase portfolio exhibit

MCC-Penn Valley graphic design students will exhibit their portfoilios April 26-May 13 in the Carter Art Center Gallery.

The exhibit will feature works by the following students: Justin Anderson, Jacelyn Combs, Nell Ditamore, Dianne Dowler, Audrey Erickson, Zachariah Folken, Ashley Gulley, Miranda Singleton, Rachel Thiel, Lavonya Walker, Mischa Warren, Cody Watson, Steve Wells, Emily Wilson, Barbara Heizman, Cia Houston, Donna Huston, Sarah Price, Garrett Joannes Rice, Andrew Roberts, Lee Shanteau.

The show will also include a First Friday reception on May 6th from 6 to 9 p.m. First Friday gallery hours: will be 1 to 9 p.m.

Exhibit Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 1-5 p.m.; Saturday: Noon-3 p.m.

For more information click here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Penn Valley athletic banquet honors basketball players

Holding your own on the court and in the classroom can be a challenge. But that's what makes student athletes special. MCC-Penn Valley honored the Scouts and Lady Scouts basketball teams for a great season.

Athletic Director Marcus Harvey and Women's Basketball Coach saluted the team for their hard work and perseverance.

MCC-Penn Valley students awarded scholarships at annual show & sale

The Friends of the Carter Art Center Gallery continued the proud tradition of awarding scholarships to MCC-Penn Valley students whose works were displayed in the annual art show & sale.

Chris Spear is proud to receive a $300 scholarship for his work "Coffee Work."

Street Survival Program at MCC-Blue River this weekend

The Sports Car Club of America holds events at MCC-Blue River’s Preceision Driving Course almost every weekend, and the Street Survival Program is hands down their most important event. Eligible students are 16 to 21 years old and hold a valid unrestricted driver’s license or a valid permit. Here’s the schedule, if you’re interested in attending:

It’s not just about Driving, it’s about Living…. 

• The leading cause of death among 13-19 year olds in the US is from a motor vehicle crash.

• 62% of teenage passenger deaths in 2004 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager.

• Teenagers cause 2.5 million accidents per year.

• In 2007 that resulted in over 6,000 deaths of teens.

Those sobering statistics should be

Earth Day @ MCC-Longview

Earth Day Tree

Campus Life and Leadership invited student to paint a hand-leaf to add to the Earth Day tree in the Campus Center. The tree will collect more painted leaves Friday in the Campus Center cafe.

Earth Day Tree

Of course, no student activity would be complete without a free smoothie!

Check out the rest of the photos here.

MCC Retirement Reception

Friday, May 6, 2011
MCC-Penn Valley Education Center, room 19
Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:15 p.m.

RSVP to Betsy Upton at 604.1031 by April 22

May 6, 2011 Retirement Reception Honorees

Lights, camera, Fashion!

Oh the fashion, the hair the shoes! Panache, the MCC-Penn Valley student fashion showcase, kicked off today with the first show at 10 a.m. Additional show times are today at noon and 7 p.m. in the Penn Valley Little Theater.

High school students from Lee’s Summit West, Lee’s Summit North, Liberty, Truman, Park Hill South, Park Hill, William Chrisman, Raymore-Peculiar and Blue Springs awed the crowd with their fashion designs. At the noon showing, one high school student will be presented with a scholarship to the Apparel and Textile program at Penn Valley.

Penn Valley students rocked the catwalk with apparel for everyday wear to cutting edge designs even Lady Gaga would be proud of.

Check out the preview here...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Metropolitan Chorale aids Habitat for Humanity with “edgy” Mark Twain barbershop concert

Habitat for Humanity will get a boost from the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City’s “Hardhats for Habitat” show for the fifth year in a row at the choir’s April 30, 2011 performance. Last year’s event raised nearly $4,000.00 for Habitat for Humanity, and over the past four years the Metropolitan Chorale has donated over $15,000.00 to the charity. This year the choir will be teaming up with the MCC-Blue River Student Ambassadors to undertake the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home as well.

The benefit concert will feature the barbershop stylings of the vocal group Central Standard, and the narrator will be an irascible Mark Twain, played by Kansas City radio personality Dick Wilson from 94.9 KCMO. Each year

MCC-Longview student feels inspired by Phi Theta Kappa national convention

Through the eyes of our students: Oscar Aguilar and several other MCC-Longview PTK members attended the 93rd international PTK convention in Seattle, Washington. Oscar asked if he could share what the experience meant to him and his peers. This is what he wrote:

Phi Theta Kappa 93rd international convention officially began on April 7 when Dr. Rod A. Risley, the Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa, set the tone and spirit of the convention by challenging students from all around America to become scholars so they may learn how to lead and serve. His words constantly echoed in the minds of the of the audience present; especially, when Dr. Risly invited the students to be the leaders who galvanize people around them.

Dr. Risley’s words prepared PTK members for a convention whose main focus would be to ingrain tremendous importance of scholarly research in the mind of the students.

For this purpose, several educational forums were held during three days, in which PTK members explored in-depth techniques to approach scholarly research, ways to develop and fulfill a research project, and, most importantly, the importance of reflecting once the project had taken it final form.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MCC-Maple Woods acting students perform Plays in Progress

MCC-Maple Woods Acting I & II students will demonstrate everything they've learned this year in an acting showcase: Plays in Progress, a series of five 10-minute plays written and directed by theater instructor Daniel Wright. The show, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Student Center Theater. Mature audiences only.

'Tis the season for egg hunting at MCC-Blue River

You like to get hot breakfast anyway, so eat for a good cause.

Every time you take a bite of good-morning Wendy's yumminess on Saturday, April 23, you'll feel the kind of warm fuzzy one can only get by donating ten percent of your breakfast expenditure to

Spring is in bloom at MCC-Longview

Don't let the light rain and gray sky fool you, spring is in full bloom today at MCC-Longview.

Campus Center

Don't forget to check out all the other great campus photos on the MCC-Longview Photo Blog.


MCC participates in HLC conference

Fifteen MCC faculty members and administrators spent part of last week focused on specific tactics to improve quality in higher education when they attended the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association's 116th annual conference in Chicago.

Attendees at the HLC NCA's conference included (back row, l-r) Felipe Leon, Tristan Londre, Kimberly Glackin, Tammy May, Paul Long, Fran Padow, Anne Dvorak, Penny Tepesch and Tom Wheeler; (front row, l-r) Mindy McCallum, Cynthia Proctor, Kristy Bishop and Lisa Bonneau. Not pictured: Greg Sanford and Leo Hirner.
The conference, held April 8-12, provided information on both MCC's quality assurance requirement and training for the district's pathways improvement project for accreditation.

"There was a strong focus on finding systematic, cost effective, sustainable methods for measuring student learning," said Kristy Bishop, MCC's director of research and institutional assessment.

Congratulations Adjunct Academy completers!

Seventeen adjunct faculty were honored at a celebration for the completers of the Adjunct Academy. In its third year, the Adjunct Academy continues to offer professional development workshops to new and returning adjuncts.

Row 1 (left to right): Linda Ornes-LV, Elizabeth Norwat-LV, James Voska-BTC, Wayne Yang-PV, Plarenta Vodo-BR. Row 2: Joseph Volpe-BR, Sook Hee Choi-PV, Cheryl Drown-BR, Matthew Richard-LV, Brent Wilson-PV. Row 3: Donald Lee-PV, Justin Dunham-PV, Robert Dumler-BTC, William Mauzey-LV, Peter Johnson-LV, Steve Murphy-LV. Not Pictured:Mark Beck- MW
The Adjunct Academy was created as a way for MCC to show an investment in our adjunct faculty by providing them opportunities for professional development.

“It’s a place for them to connect with other adjuncts,” said Lori Palmer, program specialist for instructional support. “They like the camaraderie. There is a core group that attends each year, so we try to keep the topics fresh.”

The sessions are offered on a Saturday, so those who attend and complete are really committed says Rich Higgason, director of educational programs. “These adjuncts are dedicated to their craft; dedicated to MCC. Our average attendance is about 30-35 each session.”

The workshops are taught by MCC faculty and employees who represent all campuses from a variety of disciplines. The topics this year included:
  • Assessment
  • Effective learning environments for stressed students
  • Blackboard 1 & 2
  • Learning and the brain
  • Master faculty workshop
 Those who completed all five workshops received a certificate of completion.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Random Acts of Kindness awards at MCC-Blue River

Amy Slater (ctr) receives Random Acts of Kindess award
from Sara Woodward (left) and Jon Burke (right)

Several MCC-Blue River employees and a student were honored today for their kind hearts. The Random Acts of Kindness awards are given to employees whom are nominated by their peers for going the extra mile or doing something nice for no personal gain.

Those at MCC-Blue River whom were unexpectedly rewarded for their acts of altruism today were: Rowdy Pyle, Meg Holcomb, Jay Imhauser, Scorpio Horn, Bob Florence, Renee’ Tolson, Amy Slater, and student worker Tina Livingston.

The MCC-Blue River Staff Association sponsors this initiative, so

MCC-Maple Woods sponsors 2nd Annual Night of Drag to raise money for AIDS Walk KC

MCC Security Announcement

Today, Monday April 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM the MCC Police department at MCC-Penn Valley received information by phone that a young black male wearing a black shirt and yellow shorts and a box cutter approached a MCC student in the parking garage top level at Penn Valley at 11:15 AM. The unknown person asked the student to come with him and she refused. There were no injuries. MCC Police are searching the area.

Your safety is a top priority. If you see something that looks suspicious or a crime in progress, immediately call the police at 911, and then call MCC police a 604-1200. Do not attempt to apprehend the suspect yourself.

Escutia to play soccer for Monarchs

Francisco Escutia, the first recruit of the 2012 season for the Monarchs soccer team, hales From East High School in Kansas City, Mo. According to head coach Todd Logan, he will bring great skill and speed and is very excited to be joining some of his team mates that are already here from East High School, including Juan Vargas,  Victor Contreas, and Kitlyn Caton. Francisco will be pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering.

The MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy kite festival 2011 soars to new heights


The weather might have started cool, but it did not stop people from coming out to MCC-Longview's front lawn to watch some of the most amazing kite displays in the Midwest.

Preliminary numbers indicate that more than 15,000 people packed the festival grounds for the fifth annual Flights of Fancy kite festival. But kite flying was not the only thing going on on campus as the festival also hosted a kite historian in the Cultural Arts Center showcasing kites from the past.

The Kansas City Kite Club once again also put on an amazing display of mega kites and stunt kites.

One of those kites flying overhead also had a camera attached shooting some amazing photos of the festival from several hundred feet in the air.


Be sure to check out all of Thomas's photos on his photos blog.

Be sure to check out ALL of the festival photos over on the MCC-Longview photos blog.

We want to thank Farmers Insurance, our presenting sponsor for helping us put together another successful festival.

This also could not have been done without the help of Kiewit and Truman Medial Centers.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mrs. Kansas shares cancer experience with nursing students

Senior students in the associate degree nursing program got a chance to hear about patient care from a breast cancer survivor. The presenter was none other than Brandi Palmer, Mrs. Kansas 2011. Palmer shared her story and how compassionate care from nurses helped ease the burden of enduring treatments.

Tammy Greathouse, nursing instructor, organized the presentation for students enrolled in RNUR 244 Adult Med-Surg III.

Career opportunities

CO# 11-044 MW Administrative Assistant - Level 4 - FPT
  • posted April 15, 2011
  • will be removed from the website on May 1
  • For more information or to apply:

 CO# 11-046 PV Dental Assisting instructor
  • posted April 15, 2011
  • will be removed from the website on May 15
  • For more information or to apply:

 CO# 11-047 MW Learning Center Instructor-SCF
  • posted April 15, 2011
  • will be removed from the website on May 1
  • For more information or to apply:

 CO# 11-041 LV Campus Police Captain (Internal Only)
  • posted On April 15
  • will be removed from the website on April 24
  • For more information or to apply:

Award winning design team

Campbell, award in background, holds his
 submission to the Paragon Awards.
MCC’s marketing team designer Matt Campbell was awarded the Bronze Paragon Award for his design of the MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs program. He was acknowledged during the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations convention. The Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges.

Campbell began his career at MCC in June of last year and has already made a great impact; winning a Paragon Award on his first submission is no small feat. The competition level is high. “It’s the first thing I was able to submit,” said Campbell. “I wasn’t here in time to submit for the regionals.”

Spencer Chapin
And speaking of regionals, MCC took home six regional awards, including gold, by designer Spencer Chapin.

“It’s nice to be honored for the work we’re doing, especially on a large scale,” said Chapin. “Just to get recognized, it’s cool.” Chapin has been with MCC for three and a half years.

Other regional awards presented:
  • 2 Poster single category – Gold – Spencer Chapin
  • Poster series category – Silver – Spencer Chapin
  • 2 PR campaign-recruitment category – Bronze - Monica Stevens and Spencer Chapin
  • Logo design - Bronze
Left to right: Portal campaign, Recruitment, MLK Day, CTE campaign

Congratulations to all!

Megan Moore and Amy Wendleton commit to Monarchs softball for 2010

 Megan Moore, a recruit from Topeka, KS, was the first official Class of 2011 signee for the Monarchs, is a talented outfielder and first baseman. According to softball head coach Kerry Kasper, Moore will "bring lots of energy and leadership to the team.  She will certainly lead by example on and off the field, as she also plans to work hard off the field towards a degree to get her into pharmacy.  She will help us out in the outfield as well as the busy corner of first base."

Amy Wendleton joins the Monarchs from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Mo. and is a versatile hitter and fielder. Kasper expects her to contribute a lot, noting that "Amy will be an extremely versatile player for us.  She will bring speed to our lineup and has numerous skills that will be a threat at the plate.  I am anxious to see her display her skills and cross the plate for us many times in 2012!  She will be working on a degree in education, and will help us out in the outfield and middle infield positions."