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Early College Programs

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MCC At a Glance

Founded 1915

5 Campuses in the Greater Kansas City Area

125 Associate Degrees and certificate programs

Over 23,500 Students enrolled

Over 35% students are minority

Over 1,200 Students use the Missouri A+ scholarship program

Over $29 Million in grants and scholarships MCC students collectively received

242 Faculty Members

updated Fall 2017

More than a jumpstart

Metropolitan Community College early college programs are a great opportunity for students to get started on the college and career path before graduating from high school. We offer high-achieving, motivated high school students faster, more affordable paths to earn that college diploma, including programs in high-demand technical fields. We offer six different programs across our five campuses that provide career exploration, technical certification and dual credit up to an associate’s degree. Our programs allow students to graduate from high school with college credits, miles ahead of their peers, with the foundation to take the next step.

An overview

Collegiate Academies

Successful graduates of the Collegiate Academies leave high school with not only their diploma but also an MCC associate in arts degree. That’s two years of college completed.  Most classes (advanced placement and dual-credit) are taken at the student’s high school, but MCC summer classes are an option, too.

Two of our campuses offer this program. Our MCC-Maple Woods located in the Kansas City Northland offers the Monarch Collegiate Academy and our MCC-Blue River campus located in Independence offers the Trailblazer Collegiate Academy.

Early College Academy

The Early College Academy is offered on our MCC-Penn Valley campus, located in Kansas City. We partner with Kansas City Public Schools to offer this program for high school students. The program allows students to spend most of their junior and senior years on the MCC-Penn Valley campus instead of in high school classrooms. Those who successfully complete Early College Academy have an MCC associate in arts degree in hand when they graduate from high school.

Missouri Innovation Campus

The Missouri Innovation Campus is offered on our MCC-Longview campus, located in Lee’s Summit.  We partner with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, and the University of Central Missouri 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 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.

Early College Program

The Early College program is offered on our MCC’s Business & Technology campus, located in Kansas City.  The program attracts high school students pursuing careers in the high-demand technical fields of engineering technology, industrial technology and computer integrated machining and manufacturing.

Students attend classes from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. weekdays on the MCC-Business & Technology campus, 1775 Universal Ave. Tuition is paid by the student’s home school district. Take advantage of your opportunity to not only work toward a college certificate or degree, but also position yourself for paid internships and careers at no cost to you.

Northland CAPS

Northland CAPS – that’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies – is program is offered on our MCC-Maple Woods campus, located in the Kansas City Northland.  The program allows high school students to learn in actual workplaces such as Cerner, North Kansas City and Liberty hospitals, and Bank Liberty. Northland CAPS targets students interested in high demand/high skill careers such as engineering, information management, advanced manufacturing and nursing.

Classes meet 2 ½ hours each weekday for one semester. Dual credit is available; tuition is paid by the student’s home school district.

Dual-credit classes

Dual-credit classes – those that satisfy both high school and MCC academic requirements – are half the regular tuition rate at MCC. When you consider that MCC’s regular tuition can be 15 times less expensive than a four-year school, earning two years of college credits in high school seems like a no-brainer.

For more details on MCC’s early college programs, call 816.604.1000.


Last Modified: 6/1/18