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May 21

May 21, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

MCC forms partnership with No More Empty Pots to support

Culinary Workforce Training Program

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College announces its partnership with the nonprofit No More Empty Pots to provide workforce training opportunities to individuals interested in culinary careers. The 15-week, noncredit Culinary Workforce Training Program from No More Empty Pots will be taught by MCC culinary instructors and will provide skills training, work experience, career development and job support to prepare participants for entry-level jobs in the food and beverage industry.

“We believe that everyone deserves access to an enriched education,” said Nancy Williams, No More Empty Pots president and CEO. “This program prepares individuals to enter the workplace as a well-rounded employee. Students will sharpen workforce and culinary skills, develop a mindfulness practice and learn to use their strengths to build more effective teams."

“The partnership with No More Empty Pots demonstrates our passion for collaborating with partner organizations to transform workforce training and change lives,” said Victoria Novak, MCC’s director of Workforce & IT Innovation-Corporate Training. “Food service is one of the most in-demand career fields with the highest need for talented professionals. Even though the initial aim of the training is to provide skills for entry level positions in the food industry, the larger goal is to expose the students to MCC’s Culinary Arts programs so that they can pursue degree programs to further advance their skills.”

Program participants may be eligible for the Community College Gap Assistance Program. Applications are currently being accepted until June 7 for cohort eight, which begins in July.

More information is available by calling 402-502-1642, emailing or visiting


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.

No More Empty Pots (NMEP) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. NMEP’s vision is to support communities in becoming self-sufficient, and food secure through collaboration and adherence to our core values of education, stewardship, and sustainability. Our biggest project is the Collaborative Community Centered Food Hub where we provide jobs and training operating a shared use commercial kitchen and culinary workforce training program. NMEP serves youth to seniors in educational, hands-on experiential learning. No More Empty Cups is a social enterprise program area, a nonprofit coffee shop where we provide a welcoming space to engage community and support emerging small-scale food entrepreneurs. To learn more about No More Empty Pots, visit or email