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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

120+ associate degree and certificate programs

Over 16,500 students enrolled

About 40% of students are a minority

24.3 is the average student age

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

Over $32 Million in grants and scholarships MCC students collectively received

242 full-time faculty members

updated Fall 2018

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 seven 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.

Program Overviews

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, MCC-Maple Woods located in the Northland and MCC-Blue River located in Independence.

Dual Credit classes

Dual credit classes are 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.

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.

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.

Innovation Track at MCC-Longview New early college program - Innovation Track at MCC-longview

The Innovation Track provides a guided pathway for students to complete up to 30 hours of college credit while still in high school. The partnership between Lee's Summit R7, Metropolitan Community College-Longview, and the University of Central Missouri (UCM) provides high school juniors and seniors opportunity to take college-level courses in the following pathways: Business, Criminal Justice, Education, and General Education.

LSR7 students experience a jump start on higher education degree completion thanks to reduced cost and time to degree attainment. Students are also afforded a seamless transition to becoming a MCC or UCM student upon high school graduation.  Tuition, fees, and textbook assistance is available for those students who qualify.

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.

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.

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

Last Modified: 5/1/19