KCPS Celebrates Students Earning HS Diplomas and College Degrees

The Early College Academy 2017 Senior Showcase was April 25.


Kansas City, April 26, 2017:  Kansas City Public Schools celebrated the remarkable students who are preparing to graduate this spring with both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree.

The KCPS Early College Academy (ECA) 2017 Senior Showcase was Tuesday evening, April 25 in the theater at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

ECA is a unique two-year program that allows a limited number of KCPS students to simultaneously earn their diploma and associate’s degree. Participants are able to attend MCC-Penn Valley at no charge to themselves.

This year’s graduating ECA class includes 46 seniors representing six KCPS high schools. The program is run in partnership with MCC-Penn Valley.

ECA Seniors from this year’s class have been accepted to over 350 universities across the country. In addition, they have been awarded over $89 million in merit scholarship dollars as well as needs based scholarships from outside scholarships including Gold Key, Black Achievers, MCC PTK Scholarship, Marvin Brooks Scholarship, Alpha Kappa Alpha Beta Omega Scholarship, LINKS scholarship, Hispanic Development Fund, 100 High School Girls, Kenny Coulson Scholarship through Kiwanis and more.

The Senior Showcase featured a graduation ceremony with students in caps and gowns. Students also performed music and dance pieces, and they declared where they will be going to continue their post-secondary studies.

Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from the showcase.