Metropolitan Community College (MCC) was founded in 1915 with the goal of preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunties. Since then, we've grown to become the Kansas City metropolitan area's largest provider of higher education. Today, more than 40,000 students come to us each year on their path to earn a bachelor's degree or learn the skills they'll need to begin a career.
We take great strides to ensure we're preparing the workforce of tomorrow. MCC partners with local businesses, economic development corporations and government agencies to develop curriculum and classrooms that address the needs of our economy. It was in this spirit that MCC created the Public Safety Institute on our Blue River campus located in Independence, Missouri.
The MCC-Blue River Regional Public Safety Institute (PSI) offers its users the facilities they need to prepare future law enforcement agents and firefighters for the challenging times of today and tomorrow. Its scalability allows us to conduct training on a large or small scale and in a variety of arenas.
Our current facilities are designed to address the need for close quarters, tactical training. These facilities have become the proving ground for hundreds of cadets who have found jobs in local law enforcement. Additionally, our firefighting school is equipped with a burn tower and other state-of-the-art facilities that offer our fire cadets, as well as professional firefighters, a chance to develop and hone their skills.
One of the things that makes the Blue River Regional Public Safety Institute stand out is its state-of-the-art precision driving track. Located on 56 acres, this facility is designed to simulate various driving situations and conditions. Since its opening in October 2007, more than 60 public safety agencies have improved their skills on our urban driving course, our 400' x 400' skills pad and our 200' x 500' skid pad.
At the MCC-Blue River Regional Public Safety Institute, we're here to meet our clients' needs. Regardless if you need training facilities for two or three days with small groups or if you need accommodations for large groups over an extended period, we can give you access to facilities that can handle your requirements.
More important than our ample facilities are the people who make it work. Our programs are taught by professionals - experienced federal agents, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders. On the following page are profiles of a few of the key people who make the PSI work.