MCC At-A-Glance

Metropolitan Community College, founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute, is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Missouri, and was the first community college established in Missouri. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first colleges in the country to award associate degrees. Today, MCC offers 120-plus associate degree and certificate programs.


Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities for all


MCC will be the Kansas City region's college of choice where all are encouraged to learn, discover and engage. Browse MCC's 2022-2031 Strategic Plan


Metropolitan Community College comprises four main campuses on the Missouri side of the Greater Kansas City area: 47 major buildings and about 550 acres in all. (We also consider MCC-Online a campus.)

MCC-Blue River
20301 E. 78 Highway
Independence, Missouri 64057

The Blue River campus includes the Public Safety Institute, which trains law-enforcement and firefighting professionals.

500 S.W. Longview Road
Lee's Summit, Missouri 64081

MCC-Maple Woods
2601 N.E. Barry Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64156


MCC-Penn Valley
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

The Penn Valley campus includes the Health Science Institute, 3444 Broadway, and the Advanced Technical Skills Institute, 2944 Troost Ave.

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 and other offices are 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 four main campuses and the MCC-Online campus. 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 2023: 13,178 (start of semester)
  • Number of credit students, Fall 2022: 13,164 (end of semester)
  • Number of "unduplicated" students enrolled in credit classes, 2022-23 academic year: 17,512

Enrollment by campus, Fall 2022

  • MCC-Blue River: 2,081
  • MCC-Longview: 3,248
  • MCC-Maple Woods: 3,768
  • MCC-Online: 5,271 (includes students who are also taking campus-based classes)
  • MCC-Penn Valley: 3,510

Student profile, Fall 2022

  • 7,827 female students (59 percent); 5,336 male (41 percent)
  • 7,625 part-time students (58 percent); 5,539 full time (42 percent)
  • Average student age: 23. Median age: 20
  • About 39 percent of MCC's student body are students of color.
  • MCC students collectively received over $28 million in grants, scholarships and third-party aid in 2022-23.


  • Number of employees (as of Nov. 1, 2022): 2,341*
  • Full-time employees: 715 (including about 215 full-time faculty members)

*Includes some part-time (adjunct) faculty members who may not work every semester.

Employees by campus

As of July 2022; includes part-time positions but not student workers

  • MCC-Blue River: about 400
  • MCC-Longview: about 490
  • MCC-Maple Woods: about 470
  • MCC-Penn Valley: about 625 (includes Health Science Institute and Advanced Technical Skills Institute)
  • MCC Administrative Center/Broadway Plaza: about 510 (includes MCC Workforce and Economic Development employees and MCC-Online staff and faculty)

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 taxing area and are elected to six-year terms. The current board president is Chris Benjamin (Subdistrict 6). Vice president is Ellen Martin (Subdistrict 5). Other trustees are Gwen Van Asselt (Subdistrict 1), Jermaine Reed (Subdistrict 2), Barbara Washington (Subdistrict 3) and Holmes Osborne (Subdistrict 4).

Executive Cabinet

  • Kimberly Beatty, Ed.D., became the eighth chancellor of Metropolitan Community College on July 1, 2017.

    The Executive Cabinet also includes:
  • John M. Chawana, Ph.D., vice chancellor, institutional intelligence, planning and transformation
  • Ellen Crowe, Ph.D., interim president, MCC-Maple Woods
  • Gabriela Flores, associate vice chancellor, diversity, equity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer
  • Sandra Garcia, J.D., general counsel and vice chancellor, legal affairs and institutional compliance
  • Sue Gochis, vice chancellor, student success and engagement, and president, MCC-Blue River
  • Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., interim vice chancellor, administrative services
  • Fred Wise, chief human resources officer
  • Thomas W. Meyer, vice chancellor, instruction, and chief academic officer, and president, MCC-Online
  • Larry Rideaux Jr., Ed.D., acting president, MCC-Penn Valley
  • Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., president, MCC-Longview


  • In-district per credit hour: $121
  • Out-of-district per credit hour: $237
  • MCC Metro Rate for students in the Kansas counties of Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte: $237 (effective Fall 2023 semester)
  • Out-of-state/international per credit hour: $320

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Annual operating budget

$123.1 million (2023-24)


Metropolitan Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent body that accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region. MCC's most recent HLC accreditation review was in 2020. Additionally, several academic programs are individually accredited by other agencies.

Campus highlights

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, and the new Blue River East building, home of MCC's utility lineman, CDL and warehousing programs as well as the Great Plains OSHA Education Center. 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. Cybersecurity is a nationally recognized Blue River degree program. Each spring, the campus holds All for the Children, a healthy families resource fair including an Easter egg hunt. MCC-Blue River is also home to the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Blue River: men's and women's soccer.

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. Thousands attend MCC-Longview's Flights of Fancy mega-kite festival each spring, and the Common Read program encourages the campus and community to read and discuss noteworthy books. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Longview: men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's and women's golf.

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. Community education offerings include motorcycle training. MW's Sports Training Center was recently expanded and is now home to the campus fitness center. Each October Honk & Howl event (trunk & treat) is held and is free to the public. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Maple Woods: baseball and softball. 

MCC-PENN VALLEY, near Penn Valley Park in midtown Kansas City, features a main campus comprising mostly connected buildings. The campus includes the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development, the Carter Center for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and the Brooks Institute (named for KC social justice advocate Alvin Brooks). 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. Less than 2 miles from the main campus is the new Advanced Technical Skills Institute, 2944 Troost Ave., home to several MCC career and technical programs. The Jazz in the Valley music festival is a free event held each September. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Penn Valley: men's and women's basketball.

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Blake Fry, 816.604.1412,

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