The Metropolitan Community College (MMC) was originally founded in 1914 as a polytechnic institute in Kansas City, MO. After its transformation into the Kansas City Junior College, it became the first two-year college in the United States to award associates degrees. In 1964, the junior college developed into Metropolitan Community College and since the name change, MMC educates around 18,000 students every year. It has developed into five campuses across the city. One of these campuses is the Metropolitan Community College Blue River campus, located in Independence, MO.
Over 70% of the students at Metropolitan Community College plan to obtain an associates degree and then transfer to a four-year university upon graduation. The associate degrees offered are Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Business, Associate in Criminal Justice Associate in Teaching, Associate in Computer Science, Associate in Engineering, and an Associate in Science. Students should ideally choose what four-year university they wish to attend and make sure they are taking transferable classes. Students should speak with their academic advisors often to make sure they are on the right course and taking the correct classes.
Metropolitan Community College has five different campuses: Blue River, Business and Technology, Longview, Maple Wood, and Penn Valley. Each of the five different campuses offers MMC students something unique in classes and programs. The Blue River campus hosts a variety of general education programs. Blue River also provides first-rate music training with over 30 classes, speech and theater courses, the Public Safety Institute, Community Education, and Firefighter training.
Blue River provides an Associate in Arts: Music Technologist. It is perfect for students who wish to learn musical education, musical therapy, soundtrack development, audio engineering, music arranging, composition, conducting, and film scoring. Students have a choice of over 30 musical classes, which include a range of vocal and instrumental courses. Classes also include music theory, music appreciation, and the evolution of jazz. Performance in a local band, ensemble, symphony, or chorale will receive college credit.
Speech and Theater Program
The Blue River Campus also provides its students with an exciting speech and theater program. A theater or speech degree is not offered, but speech and theater classes may be used to fill various course requirements for an Associate in Arts degree. Film acting, television and stage acting, theater management, communications, and production are just a few of the courses Metropolitan Community College offers its students. The theater courses are designed to give students the skills needed to find a theatrical career in the workforce or obtain a four-degree in the theater or speech field.
Public Safety Institute
The Public Safety Institute will build a student around the Police and Fire Academies. These training facilities will teach students to become police officers and firefighters at one of the best training grounds in the Midwest. The Law Enforcement Program is less expensive than the normal CEU (continuing education unit) hourly rate. Metropolitan Community College charges just a nominal fee for every CEU hour. The only exceptions to these charges are new detectives, instructor development, and first line supervisors.
The Fire Academy is recognized by the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Internal Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). This gives Metropolitan Community College recruits the qualification to work as a firefighter in most states. All instructors are firefighters who have served in the local fire departments. Each student will receive training for not only immediate real-world needs, but also training for needs the public may need in the future. Each candidate must pass the Physical Ability Test and take the B-5 Fire Service Entrance Exam from International Management Associate for Human Resources. Metropolitan Community College students will be charged for these tests at a discounted price.
The United States Department of Education has provided the Upward Bound Program for low-income students and first generation college-bound students from Independence and the surrounding area. Students receive free tutoring, enrichment classes, financial aid assistance, career and academic counseling, and a variety of other open services. This particular program has been a great help to high school students who have no financial ability to attend college. If a student would like to apply for this program, he or she should begin to apply in high school if possible.
Nearly half of all MMC students acquire scholarships and grants each year. Federal loans and grants are available, as well as an A+ scholarship provided by the state. The A+ scholarship will financially aid students whose GPA remains above 2.5, goes to class, is a full-time student, and gives 50 hours of free tutoring
The Upward Bound Program mentioned in the Unique Programs section can also assist local students who may be in need of financial assistance.
Student Financial Aid Details
Metropolitan Community College is for everyone, regardless of age or position in life. Around 3,000 students attend the Blue River Campus every semester. The diversity leads from high school graduates, international students, to older adults returning to complete their education. Students from over 50 countries and transfer students take advantage of the quality education MMC has to offer. Many students live close to campus, even though there official student housing is not available.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Each class is taught by a caring professional who is devoted to their individual students. Because class size averages around 18 students, the professors know every students name. Many have won awards and will use their knowledge to help each student succeed in their academic endeavors.
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