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Feb. 11, 2019

Northwest, MCC partnership saves students time, money to degree

Northwest Missouri State University and Metropolitan Community College (MCC) will celebrate a relaunch of their partnership to offer a concurrent enrollment model that meets their joint goal of increasing the number of students completing associate and bachelor’s degrees in an accelerated format.

The public is invited to the celebration at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb 14, at Northwest-Kansas City at the Northland Innovation Center, located at 6889 N. Oak Trafficway in Gladstone, Missouri. Refreshments will be provided with a short program at 10:30 a.m.

Launched as a pilot program in 2017 by Northwest and MCC, FastTracks has evolved to include additional programs of study and provides students with an opportunity to complete both an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in four years or less.

Flexible and unique, the concurrent enrollment program allows students to attend MCC and Northwest simultaneously, saving them time and money toward degree completion. Students receive the benefits of attending both institutions, and a new Paws Scholarship allows them to save up to $4,500 toward Northwest classes while attending MCC.

For more information about FastTracks, visit, email or call 855.445.7461.

About Northwest Missouri State University

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its flagship Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online. Northwest a moderately selective, public, four-year institution, offers a vibrant and diverse learning community of more than 6,800 students and places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. For more information about Northwest, visit

About Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College is Kansas City’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education with 2018-19 marking its 104th academic year. The college, which is an open-enrollment, public, two-year institution, was founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute and became known as the Junior College of Kansas City in 1919. Its five campuses — MCC-Blue River, MCC-Business & Technology, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods and MCC-Penn Valley — educate more than 30,000 students annually through credit and noncredit courses and business services. For more information, visit


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