Leaders from Columbia College and Metropolitan Community College have announced features of a new partnership between the two institutions. MCC employees, spouses and dependents under the age of 25 are now eligible for a 15-percent discount on tuition to pursue their degree at Columbia College. Additionally, MCC graduates are qualified for a 10-percent discount.

“Columbia College is pleased to offer an outstanding benefit not only to MCC students, but also its employees,” said Columbia College-Kansas City Director Cindy Miller. “Our tuition discount also extends to spouses and dependents, expanding higher education opportunities to the individuals we serve throughout Kansas City. We’re proud of our decades-long connection with MCC. We look forward to continuing to promote lifelong learning to metro residents.”

Founded in 1915, Metropolitan Community College is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City and was the first community college established in the state. MCC houses four campuses on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area and offers online learning for its students.

“We’re excited to partner with Columbia College and the opportunities it brings to our students,” said MCC Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Instruction and Student Learning Tammie B. May. “This relationship wholly aligns with the MCC mission: ‘preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunities for all.’ Providing increased access to transfer institutions is how we can continue to serve our students in their educational journey to success.”

Columbia College offers six sessions lasting eight weeks each, allowing students to complete their degree quickly. The college is very transfer-friendly and also features the Truition® program, which offers a transparent look at the cost of college by eliminating all fees and providing books at no cost.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has helped students advance their lives through higher education for more than 170 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. The college, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, features more than 40 locations nationwide and offers day, evening and online classes. Columbia College has more than 95,000 alumni worldwide.