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KCU Joplin Celebrates First Year

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The first class at the new "KCU" medical school in Joplin is winding down its first year.

It involved a special celebration tonight.

Advanced anatomy and physiology.. early development.. and functions of the brain. Those are just a few things students at "KCU-Joplin" have studied over the past year. 

The first class at the new medical school is wrapping up their first year of med school..  and that includes Joplin native Cali Clark.

Cali Clark, KCU-Joplin Student:"I can't believe that we're already here. I feel like it's both really fast and really short and also long.

To celebrate a successful first year, the school is throwing a celebration for all the students.

Clark:"An experience like this where it's such a long path ahead, these little celebrations, they really make a difference because they allow us to look back and to see how far we've come, even though we have a far way to go still."

Clark says being able to pursue her medical degree  in her hometown has made this first year that much better. 

Clark:"It's been wonderful."

Jennifer Dennis, a professor at KCU-Joplin, says the support that the community has shown the new school as it nears this milestone has been overwhelming. 

Jennifer Dennis, KCU-Joplin Associate Professor:"If I wear a KCU shirt out anywhere, someone always asks me something about it or how is it going, how much support they have. To work here and hear that from people that are honestly total strangers is a really great feeling."

It's not just a big milestone for the faculty and students.. It's also big for the entire Joplin community that made it all possible.

Dennis:"The support that we have from the community has just been instrumental. And it'll be great once these students graduate as physicians, those that come back can actually return that gift to Joplin and the surrounding areas and i think to see that come full circle will be a really amazing thing."

It's a gift that Clark is hopeful she can return in the future.

Clark:"It's been so nice to be from the community, but then also hopefully be able to serve the community."

The first year of classes come to an end next Friday, June 22nd. 

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