Metropolitan Community College is the oldest and largest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Mo., founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, MCC offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs.
Metropolitan Community College comprises five campuses on the Missouri side of the Greater Kansas City area — 47 major buildings and about 550 acres in all.
20301 E. 78 Highway
Independence, Mo. 64057
MCC-Business & Technology
1775 Universal Ave.
Kansas City, Mo. 64120
500 S.W. Longview Road
Lee’s Summit, Mo. 64081
2601 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64156
3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
Penn Valley’s campus also includes the Health Science Institute, 3444 Broadway.
The college’s Administrative Center is just east of the Penn Valley campus at 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. MCC’s human resources department is housed in the Broadway Plaza building, 3217 Broadway, which is owned by the college.
What to call us
Metropolitan Community College is one college with five campuses. When referring to an individual campus, we say Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, Metropolitan Community College-Longview, etc., not “Penn Valley Community College” or “Longview Community College.” On second reference: MCC-Penn Valley, MCC-Longview, etc.
- Number of credit students, Fall 2016: 18,312
- Number of credit students, Fall 2015: 17,821
- Number of “unduplicated” students enrolled in credit classes, 2016-17: 22,413
Enrollment by campus, Fall 2016:
- MCC-Blue River: 3,328
- MCC-Business & Technology: 960
- MCC-Longview: 4,681
- MCC-Maple Woods: 4,654
- MCC-Penn Valley: 4,411
- 10,631 female students (58 percent); 7,681 male (42 percent)
- 11,503 part-time students (63 percent); 6,809 full time (37 percent)
- Average student age: 24.5. Median age: 21
- About 39 percent of MCC’s student body are students of color. (Fall 2016 numbers)
In 2015-16, MCC students collectively received about $27 million in grants and scholarships.
- Number of employees (as of January 2017): 2,406
- Full-time employees: 814 (including about 240 full-time faculty members)
- Part-time employees: 1,592
Employees by campus (including part-time positions but not including student or temporary workers):
- MCC-Blue River: about 400
- MCC-Business & Technology: about 220
- MCC-Longview: about 570
- MCC-Maple Woods: about 520
- MCC-Penn Valley: about 560 (includes Health Science Institute and a facilities warehouse)
- MCC Administrative Center: about 240 (includes Broadway Plaza building)
Board of Trustees
The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees is charged with fiduciary oversight of the college district. The six members represent different parts (subdistricts) of the MCC service area and are elected to six-year terms. The current board president is Trent M. Skaggs. Vice president is Barbara Anne Washington. Other trustees are Michael Brown, Robert Martin and Christopher Whiting.
- Mark S. James has been chancellor of Metropolitan Community College since 2010.
The officer team includes:
- Shelley Temple Kneuvean, vice chancellor for financial and administrative services
- Carlos G. Peñaloza, Ph.D., vice chancellor for academic affairs
- Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., vice chancellor for student success and engagement
- Michael Banks, Ph.D., president, MCC-Blue River
- Jacqueline Gill, Ed.D., president, MCC-Business & Technology
- Utpal K. Goswami, Ph.D., president, MCC-Maple Woods
- Kirk A. Nooks, Ed.D., president, MCC-Longview
- Tony Ross, Ed.D., interim president, MCC-Penn Valley
- In-district per credit hour: $103
- Out-of-district per credit hour: $183
- Out-of-state per credit hour: $237
Annual operating budget
Metropolitan Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. MCC’s most recent accreditation review was completed in early 2016. Additionally, several academic programs are individually accredited by other agencies.
MCC-Blue River, so named because it’s in the heart of “Blue River country,” includes the Public Safety Institute, which houses police and fire academies. The nearby Precision Driving Center is a 54-acre complex complete with an urban driving course and skid pad that trains public safety and transportation professionals as well as student drivers. Cyber security is one of many Blue River degree programs. Readers of the Examiner newspaper voted Blue River “Best Trade School” in 2015. Each spring, the campus holds All for the Children, a resource fair offering fun activities (including a 5K run) and child abuse prevention education for parents and kids. MCC-Blue River is also home to the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City. Blue River Trail Blazers sports programs: men’s and women’s soccer.
MCC-Business & Technology is home to a long list of technical and career programs. Campus features include the prototype lab (with three 3D printers and a $50,000 FARO scanner), the Fab Lab (with all kinds of equipment and tools), a line yard for linemen students, an HVAC lab (featuring dozens of air conditioners and freezers), a machine shop with 20 mill and lathe machines, and labs dedicated to welding, Cisco and industrial technology (including several robots). MCC-Business & Technology hosts the KC FIRST Robotics Competition each year. The campus boasts a large exhibition hall that is available for public use.
MCC-Longview overlooks Longview Lake and is on land donated by the family of lumber baron R.A. Long. The campus includes a nationally prominent automotive technology program and the Longview Cultural Arts Center (home to the Summit Theatre Group and the Kansas City Chorus of Sweet Adelines). Hundreds attend MCC-Longview’s Flights of Fancy kite festival each spring, and the Common Read program encourages the campus and community to read and discuss one noteworthy book. The community education program includes College for Kids each summer. The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce named MCC-Longview business of the year in 2013. Longview was a Time magazine/Princeton Review “College of the Year” in 2001. Longview Lakers sports programs: men’s baseball, women’s cross country and volleyball, and intramurals.
MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City’s Northland gets its name from a nearby stand of sugar maple trees. The campus boasts an outstanding veterinary technology program, a geographic information systems (GIS) program and a foreign language interpreting program. Maple Woods’ annual Storytelling Celebration attracts thousands each fall to locations throughout the Kansas City area. Its community education program includes motorcycle training and College for Kids. The Northland Human Services Center on campus houses area social service agencies as well as the Maple Woods fitness center. Maple Woods Monarchs sports programs: baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer. The campus includes the Sports Training Center.
MCC-Penn Valley, near Penn Valley Park in midtown Kansas City, is made up of connected buildings. The campus includes the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development, the Carter Center for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology, the Applied Language Institute, the Brooks Institute (named for KC justice advocate Alvin Brooks) and the Veterans Upward Bound program. The Metropolitan Jazz Workshop is a Penn Valley community education program for middle school and high school musicians. A few blocks south of the main campus is the Health Science Institute, a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than a dozen health-care programs and the Virtual Hospital. Penn Valley Scouts sports programs: men’s and women’s basketball.
- Christina Medina, MCC communications and public relations manager, 816.604.1412 (office), 816.548.0240 (cell), Christina.Medina@mcckc.edu
- Tim Engle, 816.604.1338, Tim.Engle@mcckc.edu
- Clare Otto, 816.604.1415, Clare.Otto@mcckc.edu