Metropolitan Community College’s story began more than 100 years ago, in 1915. That fall, the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute — the city school board’s experiment with higher education — opened at 11th and Locust streets in downtown Kansas City. The idea was that the community needed an affordable, close-to-home option for students who wanted to attend college. A junior college was one of several programs at the Polytechnic Institute, and it proved wildly successful, becoming known in 1919 as the Junior College of Kansas City. It would eventually become Metropolitan Community College.