Metropolitan Community College, founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute, is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Mo., and was the first community college established in Missouri. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, MCC offers 125 associate degree and certificate programs.
Metropolitan Community College comprises five campuses on the Missouri side of the Greater Kansas City area — 47 major buildings and about 550 acres in all.
20301 E. 78 Highway
Independence, MO 64057
MCC-Business & Technology
1775 Universal Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64120
500 S.W. Longview Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Penn Valley’s campus also includes the Health Science Institute, 3444 Broadway.
The college’s Administrative Center is just east of the Penn Valley campus at 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. MCC’s human resources department is housed in the Broadway Plaza building, 3217 Broadway, which is owned by the college.
What to call us
Metropolitan Community College is one college with five main campuses. When referring to an individual campus, we say Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, Metropolitan Community College-Longview, etc., not “Penn Valley Community College” or “Longview Community College.” On second reference: MCC-Penn Valley, MCC-Longview, etc.
- Number of credit students, Fall 2019: 16,063 (end of semester)
- Number of credit students, Fall 2018: 16,581 (end of semester)
- Number of “unduplicated” students enrolled in credit classes, 2018-19: 22,968
Enrollment by campus, Fall 2019:
- MCC-Blue River: 2,393
- MCC-Business & Technology: 887
- MCC-Longview: 4,070
- MCC-Maple Woods: 4,278
- MCC-Penn Valley: 4,077
- Online: 5,356 (includes online-only students as well as those also taking classes in person)
Student profile, Fall 2019
- 9,550 female students (59 percent); 6,512 male (41 percent)
- 9,379 part-time students (58 percent); 6,684 full time (42 percent)
- Average student age: 24. Median age: 20
- About 39 percent of MCC’s student body are students of color.
- In 2018-19, MCC students collectively received about $31 million in grants and scholarships.
- Number of employees (as of June 2020): 3,324
- Full-time employees: 794 (including 240 full-time faculty members)
- Part-time employees: 2,530
Employees by campus (including part-time positions but not including student or temporary workers):
- MCC-Blue River: about 400
- MCC-Business & Technology: about 220
- MCC-Longview: about 570
- MCC-Maple Woods: about 520
- MCC-Penn Valley: about 560 (includes Health Science Institute and a facilities warehouse)
- MCC Administrative Center: about 240 (includes Broadway Plaza building)
Board of Trustees
The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees is charged with fiduciary oversight of the college district. The six members represent different parts (subdistricts) of the MCC service area and are elected to six-year terms. The current board president is Trent M. Skaggs. Vice president is Michael Brown. Other trustees are Ellen Martin, Holmes Osborne, Jermaine Reed and Barbara Washington.
- Kimberly Beatty, Ed.D., became the eighth chancellor of Metropolitan Community College on July 1,
The Executive Cabinet also includes:
- John M. Chawana, Ph.D., vice chancellor, institutional effectiveness, research and technology
- Donald Chrusciel, Ph.D., vice chancellor, administrative services, and chief financial officer
- Sandra Garcia, J.D., chief legal officer
- Sue Gochis, vice chancellor, instruction, and chief academic officer
- Dan Hocoy, Ph.D., president, MCC-Longview, and vice chancellor, strategic initiatives
- Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., president, MCC-Penn Valley
- Thomas W. Meyer, Ph.D., president, MCC-Blue River and MCC-Business & Technology
- Larry Rideaux Jr., Ed.D., president, MCC-Maple Woods
- Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., vice chancellor, student success and engagement
Tuition (as of Fall 2019)
- In-district per credit hour: $107
- Out-of-district per credit hour: $190
- Out-of-state per credit hour: $246
Metropolitan Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent body that accredits colleges and universities in a 19-state region. MCC’s most recent HLC accreditation review was in 2020. Additionally, several academic programs are individually accredited by other agencies.
MCC-Blue River, so named because it’s in the heart of “Blue River country,” includes the Public Safety Institute, which houses police and fire academies. The nearby Precision Driving Center is a 54-acre complex complete with an urban driving course and skid pad that trains public safety and transportation professionals as well as student drivers. Cyber security is one of many Blue River degree programs. Readers of the Examiner newspaper voted Blue River “Best Trade School” in 2015. Each spring, the campus holds All for the Children, a resource fair offering fun activities (including a 5K run) and child abuse prevention education for parents and kids. MCC-Blue River is also home to the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Blue River: men’s and women’s soccer.
MCC-Business & Technology is home to a long list of technical and career programs. Campus features include the prototype lab (with three 3D printers and a $50,000 FARO scanner), the Fab Lab (with all kinds of equipment and tools), a line yard for linemen students, an HVAC lab (featuring dozens of air conditioners and freezers), a machine shop with 20 mill and lathe machines, and labs dedicated to welding, Cisco and industrial technology (including several robots). MCC-Business & Technology hosts the KC FIRST Robotics Competition each year. The campus boasts a large exhibition hall that is available for public use.
MCC-Longview overlooks Longview Lake and is on land donated by the family of lumber baron R.A. Long. The campus includes a nationally prominent automotive technology program and the Longview Cultural Arts Center (home to the Summit Theatre Group and the Kansas City Chorus of Sweet Adelines). Hundreds attend MCC-Longview’s Flights of Fancy kite festival each spring, and the Common Read program encourages the campus and community to read and discuss one noteworthy book. The community education program includes College for Kids each summer. The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce named MCC-Longview business of the year in 2013. Longview was a Time magazine/Princeton Review “College of the Year” in 2001. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Longview: men's and women’s cross country, women's volleyball.
MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City’s Northland gets its name from a nearby stand of sugar maple trees. The campus boasts an outstanding veterinary technology program, a geographic information systems (GIS) program and a foreign language interpreting program. Maple Woods’ annual Storytelling Celebration attracts thousands each fall to locations throughout the Kansas City area. Its community education program includes motorcycle training and College for Kids. The Northland Human Services Center on campus houses area social service agencies as well as the Maple Woods fitness center. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Maple Woods: baseball and softball. The campus includes the Sports Training Center.
MCC-Penn Valley, near Penn Valley Park in midtown Kansas City, is made up of connected buildings. The campus includes the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development, the Carter Center for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology, the Applied Language Institute and the Brooks Institute (named for KC justice advocate Alvin Brooks). The Metropolitan Jazz Workshop is a Penn Valley community education program for middle school and high school musicians. A few blocks south of the main campus is the Health Science Institute, a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than a dozen health-care programs and the Virtual Hospital. MCC Wolves sports programs housed at Penn Valley: men’s and women’s basketball.
Blake Fry, 816.604.1412, Blake.Fry@mcckc.edu