MCC Graduate Charlie Shields Before he was in charge of Truman Medical Centers, Charlie Shields was an MCC student. “When I was in college, it was important to me to keep my job. I wanted to stay local, so I went to MCC-Longview,” Shields said. “I was amazed at what a great experience I had there. The instructors’ commitment to my success really stood out to me.” One instructor in particular, Mel Aytes, helped paved the way for Shields’ political career. Prior to his current role as TMC president and chief executive officer, Shields served 20 years in the Missouri General Assembly and even became President pro-tem of the Missouri Senate. “That instructor really got me interested in politics and led me down a path I’m not sure I would have gone otherwise,” Shields said. After earning his associate degree from MCC, Shields graduated from the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s in marketing as well as a master’s in business administration. Today, he oversees two acute-care hospitals and a behavioral health facility. TMC is also the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient care in the Kansas City metropolitan area, serving more than 100,000 patients a year.
MCC’s partnership with the Lee’s Summit School District and the University of Central Missouri is recognized as one of the top workforce development programs in the country.