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The Path Forward - Chancellor's Message

Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor

Since 2017, I have served as the chancellor of Metropolitan Community College, and one of the things that I have come to value most is its rich history. The Metropolitan Community College District was established in 1964. Its origins include the merging of the Junior College Division of the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1915, with the Business Training, Engineering and Nurses Training divisions. In 1921, the Junior College added evening classes to accommodate full-time workers. After World War I, the school expanded its academic offerings to include occupational training and began attracting students from outlying communities beyond Kansas City, Missouri.

In so many ways, this institution has always been ahead of its time in recognizing the importance of offering student-centric academics based on real-world, occupational demands. For so many years, the College has answered the call of providing access to higher education for those who may not otherwise see higher education as a reality.

Financial constraints are real for the students and the College. Nationally, higher education has become less affordable and the burden of student debt weighs down many graduates. At the same time, Metropolitan Community College faces the reality of fewer state resources, which have declined over the past five years from $32.9 million (2016) to $30.6 million expected in 2020 FY20. Yet, MCC remains committed to providing affordable and quality programs in safe and welcoming facilities.

A campaign for The Path Forward is the next step in advancing MCC’s mission: preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunities.

Private philanthropy is so indispensable in MCC achieving is mission! The Path Forward will allow MCC to continue as the first choice of dedicated and deserving students who want an education and a viable path to a solid career.

Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor
Metropolitan Community College