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High school students can take advantage of new MCC programs just for them, plus financial assistance

July 14, 2021
By Tim Engle

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Metropolitan Community College's early-college programs for high school students are now under one umbrella — or, actually, a CAP. That stands for College Acceleration Program. Speaking of acceleration, the College is revving up to offer several new opportunities for high school juniors and seniors, including financial assistance thanks to a big grant.

  • That three-year, $400,000 grant came from the Sherman Family Foundation, and its purpose is to help high school students with financial need take MCC courses. Students will pay just $75 per course, with the grant covering the remaining tuition; students commit to taking two classes a semester.

MCC already offers half-price tuition for high school students. For some programs, like the Early College Academies on the MCC campuses, school districts typically foot the bill. Depending on the district, students pay for dual-credit courses. Those are classes that count as both high school and MCC credit, taught in high schools by MCC-approved teachers.

MCC will offer eight courses a year for students in the Sherman Family Foundation program. All eight are Missouri Core 42 classes that will transfer to any public college or university in the state. Students can take those courses virtually (which this fall will be Criminal Justice 101, Math 120, Philosophy 101 and Psychology 140), or any other course offered by MCC or as dual credit at their school.

The grant also pays for eight adjunct instructors who are trained to work with high school students. This first year, up to 143 students can be served through the grant.

  • MCC-Longview will launch a general automotive program for high school students this fall. The 18 students accepted annually (who can come from any school district) can earn up to 46 MCC credit hours, positioning them to complete our A.A.S. in automotive technology one year after high school. A collision repair program for high school students is planned for Fall 2022.
  • MCC’s fire science program will be offered to 15 students total from Center, Grandview and Hickman Mills high schools starting this fall. They’ll take an MCC hazardous materials course at Center in 2021-22, and then as seniors next year come to MCC-Blue River’s Public Safety Institute twice a week. They’d be employable as firefighters upon finishing the program (and turning 18).
  • Underway starting this summer is a partnership of MCC, Kansas City Public Schools and T-Mobile. Up to 10 KCPS students a year, starting as juniors, take classes at MCC-Longview (and their high school), culminating in an MCC software development certificate. Students also undertake paid T-Mobile internships for two summers. Upon completing the program (which could expand to other school districts), students can apply for positions with the cell phone company.
  • A partnership with Evergy will put up to 10 KCPS juniors and seniors from Manual Career Tech Center into MCC’s lineman program. The program includes ride-along days with Evergy crews and pole climbing classes at MCC-Blue River. Students will complete their climbing-qualified certificate by the end of their senior year.
  • A 19-credit-hour veterinary assistant certificate program for high school students launched from MCC-Maple Woods in Fall 2020 with 19 students in the Independence School District. The three vet tech courses are taken online; three other required courses can be taken at their high school as dual credit or through MCC. Blue Springs students will join this fall.
  • In another partnership with Independence schools, students can take MCC business courses online starting this fall. The school district will set aside a class period for students to be together as a cohort. Students who start as juniors could complete 24 MCC credits.
  • This spring, MCC rolled out a digital enrollment process for high school students taking dual-credit courses at their schools. As you might have guessed, the pandemic played a role in finding an alternative to paper enrollment.