The following is a guest blog from Shelley Temple Kneuvean, Metropolitan Community College vice chancellor for financial and administrative services.
This school year, Metropolitan Community College partnered with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority for the U-Pass program, and we have been thrilled with the number of students taking advantage of this community effort.
Since fall classes began Aug. 22, MCC has had about 6,200 students riding each week — about one-third of our students. This breaks down to about 1,240 MCC riders per day.
We have already seen this partnership work on so many levels. The initiative has helped remove barriers to accessing higher education, and it is encouraging the next generation to support public transit.
In the Northland, there’s been so much interest among our students that KCATA expanded service in the evenings to the more than 4,600 students enrolled at MCC-Maple Woods.
We are extremely appreciative of the proactive planning and responsiveness by KCATA based on the increasing demand at our five campuses across the city.
A little background about the partnership:
For some students, the only obstacle on their road toward a college degree is lack of transportation. I know this joint effort is making it easier for them. I am excited to see the U-Pass program truly make a difference in the lives of MCC students. It is a win-win for the College, the KCATA and the community.