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The new Engineering Technology building at MCC-Penn Valley in midtown will be dedicated at an Oct. 1 ceremony

$1.5 million Hall Family Foundation gift will support two capital projects at Metropolitan Community College

September 1, 2021
By Tim Engle

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation is pleased to announce a $1.5 million grant from the Kansas City-based Hall Family Foundation. The gift will be earmarked for two MCC capital projects: the Advanced Technical Skills Institute (ATSI), opening in January, and the Engineering Technology building on the MCC-Penn Valley campus, which will be dedicated Oct. 1.

MCC is relocating several workforce training programs from its Business & Technology campus, near I-435 and Front Street, to sites accessible to more students. The College also expects to increase diverse enrollment as a result of the moves.

"We are extremely appreciative of the generous support of the Hall Family Foundation," MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said. "These two building projects in the urban core represent a continuing commitment by MCC to meet Greater Kansas City’s workforce needs. We’re in the business of making educational dreams a reality, and the Hall Family Foundation is helping us do that."

The 101,000-square-foot Advanced Technical Skills Institute, at 2944 Troost Avenue, is being transformed from a printing warehouse into a state-of-the-art training center for the College’s welding, HVAC, industrial technology, building maintenance and construction, and machining/manufacturing programs. Expected cost: $18.2 million.

The $7.2 million, 6,900-square-foot Engineering Technology addition, the first of three MCC capital projects to be completed, houses the engineering technology and construction management programs as well as the FabLab maker space and a 3-D printing/prototype lab.

The Hall Family Foundation, founded in 1943, is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of human life. Programs that enrich the community, help people and promote excellence are considered to be of prime importance. The Foundation views its primary function as that of a catalyst. It seeks to be responsive to programs that are innovative, yet strive to create permanent solutions to community needs in the Greater Kansas City area.

Metropolitan Community College is Kansas City’s oldest public institution of higher learning (founded in 1915); was Missouri’s first community college; and was among the first institutions in the nation to confer the associate degree. MCC offers more than 120 academic and career programs at five main campuses and through the robust MCC Online program.