Early College Academies

MCC offers a variety of Early College Academies for high-achieving, motivated high school students. The academies provide a faster, more affordable path to a certificate or a degree. Each MCC campus offers a unique Early College Academy experience - take a look below.

If you have questions, please visit your MCC campus or call us at 816.604.1000. If you're ready to get started, apply to MCC.


Automotive Early College Academy

High school juniors across Kansas City’s metro can launch their automotive career early at MCC-Longview. At the two-year Early College Academy you earn credits in one to two auto classes each semester. You'll get hands-on experience with:

  • Engine Repair & Engine Performance
  • Electrical & Electronics and HVAC
  • Manual and Automatic Transmissions
  • Brakes and Suspension and Steering
  • and even have the option to complete an internship at a local shop.

Graduate high school AND have enough experience and credits to complete your degree early in Automotive Technology at MCC! PLUS: you’ll be prepared to sit for the industry-standard ASE Automotive exams.

Innovation Track

Innovation Track is also a partnership between Lee's Summit R7, MCC-Longview, and the University of Central Missouri (UCM). The Innovation Track provides a guided pathway for students to complete up to 30 hours of college credit while still in high school. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to take college-level courses in the following pathways: business, criminal justice, education, and general education.

LSR7 students get closer to higher education degree completion thanks to reduced cost and time to degree attainment. Students are also afforded a seamless transition to becoming an MCC or UCM student upon high school graduation. Tuition, fees, and textbook assistance is available for those students who qualify.

Missouri Innovation Campus

Missouri Innovation Campus is a partnership with the Lee's Summit R-7 School District, MCC-Longview, and the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg to provide the opportunity for students to earn a four-year degree two years after high school.

Missouri Innovation Campus focuses on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Beginning their junior year, selected students take classes from MCC and UCM in Lee's Summit. The goal is for students to graduate from college with no debt. That's possible thanks to paid internships, grants, shared tuition and low-interest loan programs.

MCC-Maple Woods

Early College Academy

Early College Academy is a program at MCC-Maple Woods that allows students to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree as they earn a high school diploma. This program is currently available for students in the following school districts (click the link below for more information):

Students take classes at MCC-Maple Woods for half the day and classes at their home high school the other half of the day.

To Apply for the MCC-Maple Woods Early College Academy, students must:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA
  • Complete an MCC-Maple Woods Early College Academy Application through their high school (see links)
  • Provide a copy of ACT scores (must have minimum scores in the following areas: Reading 18, English 18, Math 22)
    • If a student has NOT taken the ACT or does not meet the minimum scores above, they must take the ACCUPLACER placement test to determine college-level course placement.
  • Recommendations from high school faculty, a counselor, or a principal
  • Write an essay (the application packet will provide specific details)

MCC-Penn Valley

Early College Academy

Early College Academy is a program offered on our MCC-Penn Valley campus and is a partnership with Kansas City Public Schools and Guadalupe Centers High School.

The program allows students to spend most of their junior and senior years on the MCC-Penn Valley campus instead of high school classrooms. Those who complete the Early College Academy also earn an Associate in Arts degree from MCC after graduating from high school.

Kansas City Construction Career Academy

Kansas City Construction Career Academy is a collaboration between Metropolitan Community College, North Kansas City Schools, JE Dunn Construction and the Kauffman Foundation. The KCCCA is open to students entering their junior year of high school who meet the qualification standards outlined below. Students who pursue this opportunity attend MCC-Penn Valley full-time during their junior and senior years of high school.