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Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Penn Valley is one of five members of the MCC system, which is located in and around Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1969, the Penn Valley campus serves roughly 6,000 students each semester and is considered MCC’s most diverse campus.


MCC offers several two-year degrees intended to give students the ability to easily transfer to a four-year university, as well as numerous vocational and technical training programs designed to prepare students for direct entry into an array of careers and occupations. The school is well-known for its classes and training programs in the healthcare field, as well as its arts programs.

Notable programs include nursing and other healthcare career programs, technical and applied art programs, the Francis Child Development Institute, teacher training programs, and the Applied Language Institute.

Unique Programs

The Applied Language Institute (ALI) offers day and night courses to help prepare non-native English speakers for college and college-level coursework. These intensive English classes include instruction in grammar, reading, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and listening. All of the ALI instructors have earned advanced degrees and have experience teaching English in other countries.

The Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI) offers continuing education programs for established workers and helps prepare students and members of the Kansas City community for various entry-level jobs. Short-term training, career-specific certificate programs, and job placement assistance are just a few of the services that the Institute offers individuals. OSHA training, recruitment assistance, quality management coaching, and various training solutions are consulting services offered to local businesses. Since its inception, the IWI has had contracts with numerous well-known corporations, including Ford, General Motors, Hallmark, Harley Davidson, and Folgers.


Like many community colleges, MCC offers a flexible open admissions policy and all applicants who have a high school diploma, GED, or home school completion are granted admission to the school. However, students are reminded that certain programs have additional admissions requirements and/or prerequisites.

Prospective students are advised to apply online. Official high school transcripts, along with transcripts from any colleges or other post-secondary institutions attended, must be mailed directly to the school. Applicants are then advised to apply for financial aid and scholarships, take any necessary placement tests, and attend an advising session for new students so an MCC advisor can help answer questions and offer suggestions about enrolling in classes.

Financial Aid

Community college is generally considered a more affordable option than larger state universities and private schools. Even so, financial aid is available for those who are eligible. Nearly half of all MCC students receive grants and scholarships, two types of financial assistance that do not require repayment after graduation. Aid can be need-based, merit-based, or both.

To apply for financial aid, students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before April 1 each academic year as some aid funds are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Common financial aid awards include federal grants, state programs, student loans, veterans’ assistance benefits, and work-study programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5588th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Missouri.


Although the diverse student body at Penn Valley commutes to campus, a vibrant array of on-campus events, student groups and organizations, and school-sponsored activities are available throughout the year.

Popular clubs include chess club, drama club, martial arts and other sports and fitness clubs, political debate groups, several honor societies, support clubs for returning and non-traditional students, student council, and science club. Students also attend meetings and events at the other four campuses that comprise the MCC system.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The MCC-Penn Valley Scouts are a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The campus is home to men’s and women’s basketball teams, which have ranked in the top ten of the NJCAA’s Division II and won a national championship during the 1995-1996 season.


MCC is a member of the North Central Association. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 7 0.13
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,498 0.76
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 108 0.02
Forcible Rape 265 0.06
Robbery 1,665 0.36
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6,848 1.48
Larceny 15,305 3.32
Vehicle theft 3,392 0.74

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near , MO
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population17,745 (17,745 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,302 (1.67 people per house)
Median Household Income$27,905
Families2,642 (2.73 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2905

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance Learning
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4274th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2013-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,460 $4,530 $6,150
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $180 $180 $180
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $82 $151 $205
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,840 $5,910 $7,530
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,452 $16,522 $18,142
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $4,840 $6,910 $8,530

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,460(N/C) $4,380(N/C) $5,850(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2013-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $800(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2442nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2013-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,541 ($57,173 male / $59,362 female)
Number of FT Faculty 96 (36 male / 60 female)
Number of PT Faculty N/A
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $1,695,510

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